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Newbie installing Linux on a Acer Aspire 5610z?

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

My laptop:
Aspire 5610-2762
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)

linux live cd for extra security has anybody given any thought to that?

I have been thinking on my next round of computers when all my HDs die this time I may just run live CDs. on all my boxes. I am running linux mint now with no problems but got to thinking how much more secure it would be done like this I can download to a flash drive when needed. it would save me the expense of new HDs has anyone given any thought to such a thing mine are all home use net browsing and such. I imagine security would be better this way also. any thoughts pros cons anything I may not be thinking about thanks guys
probly DSL, linux mint and knoppix 3.3 are the OSs I am thinking on using for this purpose

Newbie installing Linux on a Acer Aspire 5610z?

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

My laptop:
Aspire 5610-2762
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)

linux live cd for extra security has anybody given any thought to that?

I have been thinking on my next round of computers when all my HDs die this time I may just run live CDs. on all my boxes. I am running linux mint now with no problems but got to thinking how much more secure it would be done like this I can download to a flash drive when needed. it would save me the expense of new HDs has anyone given any thought to such a thing mine are all home use net browsing and such. I imagine security would be better this way also. any thoughts pros cons anything I may not be thinking about thanks guys
probly DSL, linux mint and knoppix 3.3 are the OSs I am thinking on using for this purpose