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Postby Charles L. Cotton » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:47 pm

I have an old HP laptop running Vista Business. Actually, it's not running it because it's unusable. "Slow" doesn't begin to describe it! I was going to format the hard drive, but I can buy a new one for $28, so it's on order now.

I've downloaded Ubunto 16.10 and I plan to load it on the laptop as soon as the new hard drive arrives. I'm only going to use it only for Skype interviews for podcasts (Skype has a Linux version available) and occasionally for Google Voice/phone interviews. Are there any pitfalls I need to be aware of before tying to load Ubuntu?

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Re: Ubuntu Question

Postby TexasJohnBoy » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:50 pm

While Ubuntu isn't windows, it is pretty good about "just working"
It's quite different from Windows, but if you're patient you'll be able to use it no problem. I've got a good bit of experience running Ubuntu (at work and at home) so I'll be happy to lend a hand if issues pop up.
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Re: Ubuntu Question

Postby Russell » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:54 pm

Honestly I've heard nothing but terrible things about Skype's Linux version, though I have not used it personally.

Have you considered trying a clean install of Windows 7 instead? 7 has quite a bit of performance improvements over Vista that may solve your slowness issue.
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Re: Ubuntu Question

Postby TexasJohnBoy » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:56 pm

I haven't used the skype client for Linux either. If you have a Windows 7 installation disk it might be a better route but I don't think you can buy them anymore unless you're an enterprise customer...
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Re: Ubuntu Question

Postby Charles L. Cotton » Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:42 pm

This old computer is not compatible with Windows 7.

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Re: Ubuntu Question

Postby The Wall » Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:49 pm

I'm still using Windows Vista Home Professional and it works great. No speed issues. Maybe it's the computer.

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Postby rtschl » Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:06 pm

Charles,

I would recommend Linux Mint https://www.linuxmint.com/ over Ubuntu. It is based on Ubuntu but it is more "friendly" in that it is much easier to install 3rd party proprietary software (like media CODECS etc.). Mint has been the most popular Linux desktop for several years running. http://www.zdnet.com/article/linux-mint-18-the-best-desktop-period/

I have not used Skype on Linux but I just installed Skype my Linux Mint machine and it looks to be running well. I only use Skype at work so I do not have any contacts to test it.

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Re: Ubuntu Question

Postby bmwrdr » Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:07 pm

No, there are no pitfalls with Ubuntu as long as the hardware isn't faulty and the camera / audio hardware isn't too exotic. Instructions can be found here https://www.linuxbabe.com/desktop-linux/install-skype-ubuntu-16-04

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Re: Ubuntu Question

Postby rtschl » Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:14 pm

Charles,

I also meant to add that you can test it now before you decide to install it on that device. If you install Oracle Virtual Box https://www.virtualbox.org/ on a computer now you can then run Linux (or almost any other OS) as a virtual machine. There are a few caveats with it (space, cpu, memory, etc.) but the main thing is to make sure you have hardware virtualization enabled in the BIOS of your computer so that it can run a virtual machine.
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Re: Ubuntu Question

Postby G.A. Heath » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:01 pm

Also it is important to note that like windows Ubuntu does occasionally break compatibility with older hardware. If that is your case an older version of Ubuntu, a different Linux distribution, or a different OS might be your only options.
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Re: Ubuntu Question

Postby extremist » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:42 pm

rtschl wrote:Charles,

I would recommend Linux Mint https://www.linuxmint.com/ over Ubuntu. It is based on Ubuntu but it is more "friendly" in that it is much easier to install 3rd party proprietary software (like media CODECS etc.). Mint has been the most popular Linux desktop for several years running. http://www.zdnet.com/article/linux-mint-18-the-best-desktop-period/

I have not used Skype on Linux but I just installed Skype my Linux Mint machine and it looks to be running well. I only use Skype at work so I do not have any contacts to test it.

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Re: Ubuntu Question

Postby Charles L. Cotton » Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:07 pm

Thanks guys. I appreciate your help.

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