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  1. #16
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    Found out tonight that Linux Lite does not like really looong file names.
    Was moving a number of images from one hard drive to another and it took forever. Turned out that Aunt had numerous images she downloaded off the net and some of those uploaders wrote their entire poem as the bleepin' title!

    EDIT: Upon further study of her hard drive, slowdown may have been due to the fact that she had over 25,000 images in just one folder.
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    Wow. Linux really does make me realize how spoiled I am with Windows 7...

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    Wow. Windows 8 really does make me realize how spoiled I am with Windows 7

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    Windows 7 Enterprise will run on that hardware, especially with its 2G ram. I've used it on Pentium M 1.3 laptops with 1G and 1.5 G ram.

    On linux, you'll hear a lot about Linux Mint. It's based on Ubuntu, which in turn is based on Debian. Originally it was distinguished by including all the media players and codecs rather than needing to install them separately. When Ubuntu developed the Unity desktop (think Win 8), many switched to Mint, which stuck with a conventional desktop. Currently for older hardware your best choices for Mint would be Mate, which uses a development of the older Gnome 2 desktop, or XFCE, known as a lightweight desktop. And I second the suggestion to download live cd versions and stick them on a usb flash drive. Playing around a little that way should tell you which you like best. The most likely areas for difficulty would be video display drivers and wireless drivers. Both are solvable for an install but might cause issues on a live disk. Some years ago I found Intel chipsets a slam dunk for live disks because of the lack of driver issues.

    Another vote for Distrowatch for info, reviews and links.

    And a mention again of Rufus for making bootable flash drives. When I last used it circa version 1.3.3, some versions had issues with some Win or linux distros. He's now up to ver 1.4.6 I see. When it works it's very quick and very easy.

    Most linux distros can now read NTFS files.

    Let us know how this works out for you.

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    Just a heads up,
    CentOS does not natively support NTFS.
    The NTFS-3G has to be manually installed via command line.
    For that matter,
    Just about everything has to be installed manually since it was originally intended for server use vs desktop use.
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    Hmm. Can't seem to get my Broadcom wireless card to work on Mint. Running an old HP nx6125.

    Wired connection is running great, though.

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    You might have to install that manually; I remember a time I had to jump through hoops to get a Broadcom working on an old netbook.
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    D'accord.

    From what I read, it is something of a challenge. But it will teach me how to install a driver and all that on an operating system that I don't know, so that will be okay. Life is for learning, right??

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    Exactly!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo1763
    ... Broadcom wireless card to work on Mint. Running an old HP nx6125...
    Listed as supported under Linux. May not have been identified correctly?
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    Wireless cards used to be a problem in linux. Intel wireless had drivers, but I think in recent years the other chipset makers have released drivers. I don't fully understand the video driver situation. I think there are both proprietary drivers from the manufacturers and open source ones. Over the years Nvidia at least used to have a reputation for being easier in linux.

    Another source for linux info is Phoronix. They carry news and do some comparison testing.

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    Due to the age of jimbo1763's laptop, I don't think he'll have to worry about the video chip drivers.
    While browsing around, noticed that the HP/Compaq nx6125 was officially certified for use with Novell (SuSE) way back when and documentation for RHEL as well.
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    Got the Broadcom card driver installed and running. Now I can cut the cord.

    Woo Hoo!

    Thanks for the help.

    No other real issues that I can tell as of now.

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    Awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanceMan View Post
    Wireless cards used to be a problem in linux. Intel wireless had drivers, but I think in recent years the other chipset makers have released drivers. I don't fully understand the video driver situation. I think there are both proprietary drivers from the manufacturers and open source ones. Over the years Nvidia at least used to have a reputation for being easier in linux.

    Another source for linux info is Phoronix. They carry news and do some comparison testing.
    +1

    There's probably where I learned (forgot) it as well.
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