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hey guys,

Well im deciding to go dual boot on my laptop with linux and windows 7, im just wondering what linux OS will be fast and good for mainly internet use, something along the lines of moblin but optimized for laptop hardware, not netbook... (if it matters)

I will use linux for internet, emails, small games (to pass the time), taking notes down while in college instead of booting to windows which takes longer etc.

I will use windows for mainly doing my work (MS office and such as i need that for college work, they don't accept Open office for submission of assignments ) and also gaming

Laptop specs are:

Acer aspire timeline 3810TZG

Intel pentium dual core SU4100 1.3GHz
Intel GM45 express Graphics
ATi Radeon HD 4330 Graphis
320GB WD Blue HD
4GB DDR3 RAM
13.3" LED backlit screen
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It's hard to go wrong with Ubuntu or Linux Mint.
    
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I'd advise Linux Mint for beginners unless you want to really get into Linux (Arch, LFS, FreeBSD).
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See the first link on this thread or the link in my signature.
Edited by TFB - 1/29/11 at 7:17pm
    
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Just a head's up: I recommend checking out Melcar's thread for dealing with ATI cards in Linux. It's there just in case some problems should show up. I don't think they should though.
     
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I thought Ubuntu was for beginners?

Does Ubuntu not allow freedom?
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Ubuntu is a good bet if you're just starting out.

The nice thing is that with any Linux distro, you can modify it to your liking down as far as you want/are able to.
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Thread Starter 
ah thanks for the info! im just reading up on the link TFB said to, and i'll be sure to look at the thread for ATI cards if i do come into problems.
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It's generally accepted that Mint is more easy on Linux newbies (e.g. Windows Start-like menu).
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post #10 of 17
Something like centos would be lean and might be faster but will need some google-fu to get perfect. Seriously, go to pendrivelinux.com & give a few linux's a try.

Btw openoffice can save as ms97 native files, so u can still use it. :-)

linux's a to try:
xubuntu : ubuntu but slightly lighter
slackware : i used it for a while, pretty slick
slitaz : debian based like ubuntu but stupid fast
centos / fedora : more formal and "proper" Linux... Stable and it works. Fusionlinux.com has a fedora remix that's slick but might be kinda bloated like ubuntu is.

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