I’m seriously sick of Windows, especially after the latest round of updates killed my internet connection. That’s just one problem among many… so I’m done.
I have never installed nor used Linux before, but I hear it’s better and safer than Windows. I have an Acer laptop I want to install it on, but I have some questions first.
What’s the easiest (and preferably smallest) version to get? I know that no version is exactly ‘easy’, but I’ve only ever used Windows, so the most simple one is probably best for me.
Obviously I’ve never installed something like this before, so can anyone tell me what all to expect or do? Like if certain drivers don’t work, how do I fix it? I’ve fixed drivers before, but it was always with the Windows disks that came with the comp….. does Linux run okay with most drivers and whatnot?
I know I can get drivers from acer.com, but the ones for my comp say Windows under the OS title…. so will downloading those and installing them do anything at all if Linux couldn’t run them in the first place?
Also, do you need to run a firewall and anti-virus on Linux? I’ve read conflicting answers on other websites, so I have no idea. Would Zone Alarm or AVG even work on Linux? What about other windows only programs? Is there a free program to make them work on Linux?
If, in the end, I completely mess up the comp (or simply can’t get used to Linux) can I reinstall Vista and have the computer as it was before I messed around with it? I know about the live CD’s for trying things out, but knowing my luck everything will run fine until it’s actually installed.
Sadly that’s happened to me before with other things, so I can’t rule it out lol
CPU : Pentium M T2080 (1.73GHz / 1M)
LCD : 15.4″ WXGA Acer CrystalBrite
MEMORY : 2GB DDR2
HDD : 160GB
ODD : DVD Super Multi Double Layer
Modem : 56K
LAN : 10/100 Base T
Wireless LAN : 802.11b/g
Softload : Windows Vista Home Premium
Any and all help is appreciated… and feel free to talk to me as if I’m a 3 year old, lol that’s probably the best way for me to understand any of this ;o)