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Good distro for a Toshiba L300?

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  1. 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!
     
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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.
     
  7. nickgr5

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    Any modern Linux Distribution will run fine on that laptop. Some of these include:
    openSUSE - http://opensuse.org
    Fedora - http://fedoraproject.org
    Ubuntu - http://ubuntu.com
    Mageia - http://mageia.org

    Your friend can try all the above by using a Live CD (it won't touch your hard drive, it will be loaded into the RAM). Then, he will be able to permanently install the Distro which best suits him.
     
  8. bbjester

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    nickg5, that is really the best advice anyone has given so far; mad props to you my friend.
     
  9. prunejuice

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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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    Canon support for anything Linux is absolutely abysmal.
     
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