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I would suggest starting with any one of the *buntu derivatives. And when your comfortable with that, try Arch linux
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How would I go about getting wireless to work? I can be wired if needed to download drivers or something similar.

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It depends... Just pray that it's detected and working by default lol
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How would I go about getting wireless to work? I can be wired if needed to download drivers or something similar.
For initial install, its setup automatically. (Works most of the time, as long as you choose a recent distro)
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Hopefully it'll work...

This is all months away yet, I still have to get the lappy, buy a new CPU/RAM/Harddrive for it all and get it squared away.

You install linux via a Live CD, right? It gives you the option of installing to your harddrive, no?

Harddrive should be formatted to NTFS?

Lotsa questions, but I thought that I'd make sure as early as possible.

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Ubuntu worked right out of the box. Had all the drivers I needed... too bad I hate linux =\\

And yeah most Distros come with a LiveCD (or the ones I tried) and its really easy to install. Just make sure you wipe your HD so it can do its thing. It formats everything for you, makes its own partitions etc.
post #16 of 55
In a few months, many distros should have new versions out. Fedora should be Fedora 9, Ubuntu will be 8.04, and hopefully Suse 11.0 will come out. This means support for hardware will be better, and the OSs will be even easier to use.

The best Linux format is ext3. You won't suffer from fragmentation like you do in windows.

Just note that "extras" that come with your laptop will probably not work. I'm talking about things like remotes and "fancy" buttons hanging out the side of your laptop.
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So if I buy a harddrive, I don't even need to go into windows and format it to NTFS? Just pop it in the lappy, load the Live CD, and it'll format it to whatever my distro wants/needs?

Snappy. Wish windows did that...

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EDIT: I hate stairs. It's midnight (literally) and I just went to grab a coke from the fridge and I miss-judged how many stairs were left (too lazy to turn on lights). Startled by the lack of a stair, I fall down to my right knee, which hits something small and round, scares the hell out of the cat, which scratches me, and wakes up my parents who need to be up in six hours.

Bright side? The cokes I put in there are finally cold.
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So if I buy a harddrive, I don't even need to go into windows and format it to NTFS? Just pop it in the lappy, load the Live CD, and it'll format it to whatever my distro wants/needs?

Snappy. Wish windows did that...

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You literally just put the CD in and it does its thing. You can choose to leave windows (which you should incase you need to use windows only program... just leave it like 10-20 GB) or delete it. Its just like a windows installation, just linux.
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I'm putting Linux on a different drive. Keeping the windows drive hidden away in case I need it for something for school, or I need to send the laptop in during the warranty.

*points to above post* check my story, lol.

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Why are you using Linux anyways?
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