[SATLUG] Switching to Linux from Windows XP

Peter Cross pjcrux at gmail.com
Fri Jul 31 17:58:32 CDT 2015

What are the HW specs on the XPS? You may not enjoy Unity or other new
GUI's due to hw limitations. YMMV.

On Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 5:49 PM, Chris Montgomery <chrisncats at gmail.com>

> Greetings,
> I've been limping along on Windows XP on a 12-year old Dell Dimenion XPS
> since December 2003. For the most part, I haven't had any major issues.
> Now, after installing some MS updates about 10 days ago I am having crashes
> and have lost all data on my external USB drive (mainly used for backups
> but there were some original media files on the drive). I have been
> considering moving to Linux on my desktop for a long time and it seems the
> time to make that move is now. The last time I had anything to do with
> Linux was in late 2000 to early 2001 when I ran Red Hat 7.1 on my previous
> desktop for about four months. Had to move back to Windows, however, since
> most of the software I needed to use didn't have compatible Linux versions
> back then. I believe the Linux software offerings have evolved quite a bit
> since then and I could do most of what I need to do on the computer these
> days by running Linux as my primary OS but also having the option to dual
> boot out to Windows for those few softare needs that aren't supported under
> Linux (mostly financial and tax packages).
> So, to get to the point, I have a rather urgent need to get a Linux
> install up and running on this machine (don't have the funds to buy new
> right now) because I don't want to lose anymore data. I also haven't been
> keeping up with what has been going on in the Linux world for the past
> several years other than occasionally noticing that there are lots of
> options for someone to choose from who wants to make the Windows to Linux
> switch. Folks, if you have a good recommendation or two that I can look at
> for making that switch in fairly short order, I would greatly appreciate
> knowing what you think. I have a brand new 500gb Seagate SATA drive that's
> been in a shrinkwrapped box sitting on the shelf for a few years that I
> plan to use when making the transition. I will temporarily pull the plug on
> my existing 120gb drive where all of my Windows programs are installed and
> which holds all of my data until I can get Linux running on the new drive.
> After that, I'll hook the old drive back up and migrate my data to the new
> drive and then either try to repair the WinXP install or do a fresh
> reinstall of WinXP to use for running the windows software that I will
> still need.
> All thoughts greatly appreciated!
> --
> Best regards,
> Chris Montgomery
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Peter J. Cross
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