Good distro for a Toshiba L300?

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stuartnz

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A non-techie friend has an L300 that needs a new OS, thanks to someone loading a pirated Win7 on to it badly. He did not know it was pirated and wants to go legal, and cheap, so I'm looking for recommendations for a newbie-friendly distro that "just works" with the L300's spec.s, as far as possible. I don't mind making a few tweaks myself, but the goal is a simple 2nd machine for basic surfing and emailing etc. All recommendations welcome, thanks!
 

stuartnz

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Thanks for the super quick reply. I'll definitely check that one out.
 

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Thanks again for the tip about Zorin - nice looking distro for the purpose AND its Live DVD picked up that critical HDD failure was imminent, confirmed when an attempt to actuall install failed due to read/write errors in too many sectors
 

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No problem.
I check out different linux distros periodically and that
one looked good for basic stuff,has a nice interface,
is already setup for multimedia and can use gnome
themes to dress it up.
Pretty neat and good for someone new to linux too..
 
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Never checked out Zorin maybe I will have to give it a spin someday in a VM. I was about to suggest Linux Mint myself.
 
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nickg5, that is really the best advice anyone has given so far; mad props to you my friend.
 
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Just a head's up...

Toshiba BIOS's are not terribly Linux friendly and official Toshiba support forums are outwardly hostile to Linux enthusiasts.

A little warning from a Linux user and former Toshiba owner.
 
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Wouldn't expect anything less. Canon never even replied to my email regarding Linux drivers for my printer, all I wanted to know is on which of their Asian sites the drivers were hosted. Guess I should have bookmarked it the first time, it was a pain to track down via Google. Maybe running the drivers for Linux is a privilege for only Canon customers in Asia ;-)
 
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