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  Author  Subject: Re: I am new to Linux...

Posted on 02-01-2005 06:49 p.m. ET  reply

Original Poster: Jym Williams Zavada

>I want to get a used laptop for a second PC. I want to get a retail version
>of Linux so I have some documentation, but don't know which to buy. Also,
>should I get a laptop with no O/S or run dual with Windows? If I run both,
>can I use an older version of Windows or should I get XP?

As far as buying a used laptop for Linux goes, your first stop should be

From there you can look up what others have done to get various distros
installed on various laptops. Then you can decide which laptop and which
distro work best together. Regarding getting a laptop with or without an
installed OS, can you really trust a pre-installed OS on a used
machine? Regardless of what OS comes on a used box, I'd recommend wiping it
(after testing all the hardware for problems, of course), because I'd
want to have a secure setup (no viruses, spyware, backdoors, etc.). As to
which version of Windows to run on a given used laptop, you'll have to try
asking in a Windows-specific venue, as I doubt you'll find many good answers
in a Linux support forum, for obvious reasons. :^)

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