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Quite new to Linux
« on: August 01, 2021, 10:53:35 PM »
 

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Hello everyone.  I've been on Windows systems for 22 years.  I have never used any other operating systems at all.  Everything was going hunky dory on the various PC towers over the years with Windows.  No need to look elsewhere.

Then I bought a laptop which has proven to be frustrating and fairly useless at efficiently running the preinstalled Windows 10 it came with. Finally, after a million ridiculous freeze ups just doing the simplest tasks on this P.O.S. laptop (or trying to run more than one program or app at a time) instead of me smashing it into a million pieces, I somehow got the bright idea to try and find if such a thing existed as a less resource-intensive operating system that could maybe work more effortlessly on this garbage laptop. 

And so I checked into the world of alternative operating systems and determined to give Linux a try. After some research, it seemed Linux Lite was recommended for Linux newbies like myself.  Since April I've been running Linux Lite on a persistent live USB I created myself.  I have some questions about using Linux Lite in this way and so here I am, joining this forum.  I'm still trying to find answers to my questions as it seems that, from reading all the forum guidelines and maybe a dozen threads, one needs to complete due diligence before starting a thread where said topic may already be covered. 
 


Re: Quite new to Linux
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2021, 02:49:20 AM »
 

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Welcome!

I have never stuck with a Live system for very long before installing it to the hard drive, let alone four months! If it works "Live," then it'll most likely work faster and better installed. I think Linux Lite is a good drop-in replacement for Windows. Why the hesitancy to install it, if I might ask?

And welcome to this helpful forum and friendly community.
 

Re: Quite new to Linux
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2021, 08:44:05 AM »
 

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Welcome!

I have never stuck with a Live system for very long before installing it to the hard drive, let alone four months! If it works "Live," then it'll most likely work faster and better installed. I think Linux Lite is a good drop-in replacement for Windows. Why the hesitancy to install it, if I might ask?

And welcome to this helpful forum and friendly community.


Hello and thanks for the nice welcome!  :)

I wanted to install Linux Lite alongside Windows 10 and have a dual operating system situation.  But after trying to work the whole process, I found out that this stupid laptop is configured so it does not allow partitioning for another operating system. Ugh.

I have a lot of apps I use in Windows 10 and also I can't for the life of me figure out how to work Clam AV in Linux.  I might feel better about a permanent install of Linux Lite if I could figure out how to use Clam AV properly and also how to do updates for it and anything else.  I definitely want a working AV.  So far it seems like with a persistent live USB of Linux, I cannot do any kind of updates for Clam AV or anything else. I was able to install some programs but so far, can't update anything. 

I admit I am also having a really hard time using the command line system of doing everything, so spoiled as a Windows user I guess with easy to use graphical interfaces.  Even so, when I try to research how to fix problems in Linux Lite, it's kind of daunting at times or overly technical to me.



 

Re: Quite new to Linux
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2021, 09:48:36 AM »
 

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Welcome!!! Couple of thoughts....
If this laptop has an SD card slot - you could make use and install LL to it and dual boot. I installed in this way on the Kangroo in my sig...
*make sure you use a high perf (speedy) card.


Upside - its more internal than a USB; you can install vs. Live... Still not as fast as internal but I dont notice on mine...


As for ClamAV
Have you followed along ---- https://www.linuxliteos.com/manual/tutorials.html#antivirus
Still mostly CLI, but it is laid out very well as is everything in the manual :)

Last Edit: August 02, 2021, 09:52:17 AM by firenice03
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2021, 11:52:39 AM »
 

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"Can you provide information on laptop model, CPU, GPU, drive type, etc. I doubt that it cannot be partitioned or switched from raid or some solution possible to install Linux Lite. What does the disk utility in Windows describe?

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Re: Quite new to Linux
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2021, 08:27:55 AM »
 

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Welcome!!! Couple of thoughts....
If this laptop has an SD card slot - you could make use and install LL to it and dual boot. I installed in this way on the Kangroo in my sig...
*make sure you use a high perf (speedy) card.


Upside - its more internal than a USB; you can install vs. Live... Still not as fast as internal but I dont notice on mine...


As for ClamAV
Have you followed along ---- https://www.linuxliteos.com/manual/tutorials.html#antivirus
Still mostly CLI, but it is laid out very well as is everything in the manual :)


Hello.  Laptop does have a microSD slot, I never use it but this sounds like a possible workaround.  You've been able to do updates for everything with LL on SD?

I think I already looked at that ClamAV info (I will again, may have to uninstall and re-install ClamAV) but I'm thinking that maybe I'm just not being allowed to update ClamAV with it being on live LL?
 

Re: Quite new to Linux
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2021, 08:29:13 AM »
 

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"Can you provide information on laptop model, CPU, GPU, drive type, etc. I doubt that it cannot be partitioned or switched from raid or some solution possible to install Linux Lite. What does the disk utility in Windows describe?

TC


Hello. What kind of info from disk utility should I be looking for or do you mean the specs you asked for?  Here they are below.

Laptop Model:  Dell Inspiron 11-3168
CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) [email protected]
GPU: Intel(R) Graphics
Drive Type: HDD
Drive size: 500GB
RAM: 4GB
OS: Windows 10


Back in April the first thing I tried to do was to partition the hard drive for this laptop to accommodate a second operating system.  I can't remember all the steps I was taken through via various internet articles and related forum threads but near the end of it found out that I couldn't use a partition on this hard drive for a second operating system.  Sorry, it would take a bit of time to go back through the articles I bookmarked or what particular thing I found I couldn't do that would allow for a second OS. I'll look and see if I can find at what point I hit the wall there.
Last Edit: August 04, 2021, 08:57:56 AM by musicismylife
 


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