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Buying with laptop no OS and installing Linux... headache?

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As the title says I'm thinking of buying an OS-less laptop and installing Linux. I am interested in whether this will likely lead to problems with things like - oh, I don't know - GPU drivers, wireless etc? Or should all that stuff just work, as it would have if the laptop had come with an OS?

Thanks in advance

p.s. I've never installed an OS before. Presumably I'll need Linux on a CD first.
 
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I just buyed a lenovo g510 for my sister and a lenovo y510p for me(both come with freedos), on g510 I put Win 7 SP1 Ultimate Ret 64 b + Linux Mageia 4 64b, on Y510p I put Win 7 SP1 Home Prem OEM 64 b + Linux Mageia 4 64b; from my experience the laptop with no OS, tend to be more user friendly when it is about to work with any OS, my advice look at what you can buy from your money and google that laptop model + linux word, at my those 2 on linux I never had to install any driver, it is already done after first reboot....
 

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Download Ubuntu, and burn it to a disk or use there USB installer. It's actually very simple and the installer for Ubuntu will do everything for you.
 
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mitya...

If you're not familiar with it, Linux Live USB is a very easy program to use. It can even download the .iso for you. If you're not too familiar with Linux, I'd take Mindweaver's suggestion on using Ubuntu to get started.

http://www.linuxliveusb.com/

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Ubuntu gets my vote as well, very easy to use and navigate.
 
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When I installed Linux on my old rig I used: LinuxLive USB Creator 2.8.23
and then ran Linux mint from a USB because I didn't have a HHD then . Didn't need any drivers at all.
 

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I've personally used Linux Live USB Creator to make bootable flash drives.

I agree that Ubuntu is a good place to start, but I'm not a huge fan of unity. I would recommend Ubuntu Gnome. So far I've been fairly happy with it.
 
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Are there laptop venders that will sell without windows? If so which ones?
 
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Agreed Norton....pendrive is good and from experience...I think it's probably better, but it's not as pretty! :)

I've actually been playing with linux all night. Moving everything I have over to PCLinuxOS KDE. It just runs a lot smoother on my older rigs.

Best,

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Thanks for all the replies, guys. I hadn't known there were so many versions of Linux to consider; in my ignorance there was just Linux.

How about re: GPU drivers? Anyone come up against issues with Linux + GeForce graphics cards? All I've learned from research is that Linux apparently doesn't work with something called NVidia Optimus - no idea if that applies to my proposed GT740M GPU or not.

As for vendors that ship laptops without Windows, sure; ebuyer.com for one.
 
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Mine have nvidia gt755m, so I think it will work with gt740m too...
 
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ubuntu and you can run live cd before decide to install it
just take newer os, it has better performance and features
 
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Most of linux have live cd...
 

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Most of linux have live cd...
There are plenty of disks that are installation only, such as Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu alternate installer, and afaict, most installation media is install only for Debian unless it specifically says "livedvd" or "livecd" on the disk image. It's worth making sure that you have a live disk because not all distros use them or have them on the same disk.
 
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Thanks again, all. Can I just bring this back to a newbie's perspective, though: from what I'm hearing I can install Linux - of which there appear to be several versions - via USB or CD. I'm assuming in the case of the latter, you burn the CD yourself, right?
 
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Yep, you download the ISO file and burn it with Imageburn or some other program
 
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I would recommend lubuntu, it is a stripped down version of ubuntu and with a better UI. I am a huge fan of ubuntu myself but as others have said I don't like unity. I usually do a minimal command line install of ubuntu and then add lxde for the ui.
 
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linuxmint gets my vote. Have started ubuntu but since they move to unity, it is like windows 8 metro apps.

linuxmint cinnamon is my kind. It is like a tweak gnome.

http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

as for linux, you can install using USB or CD/DVD. I prefer USB though as it is faster installation and or when you use the live desktop.
 
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Thanks, all. Version suggestions noted; I had no idea there were so many versions. On basis do you decide which to install - just personal preference re: UI etc? How many variants are there?
 

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Thanks, all. Version suggestions noted; I had no idea there were so many versions. On basis do you decide which to install - just personal preference re: UI etc? How many variants are there?
There are a lot. For starters I would go with Ubuntu Gnome. Let us know what you think about it and what you dislike about it and we can better recommend something from there. Everyone's preference is different.
 
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Thanks, all. Version suggestions noted; I had no idea there were so many versions. On basis do you decide which to install - just personal preference re: UI etc? How many variants are there?
+1 @night.fox

For ALL Linux versions, "Distros", see here. Along the right side, half a page down...You can see that MINT is quite popular. I have it on one of my cruncher's and was my introduction to Linux.

Ubuntu is also very popular and have another Cruncher using that.

I would recommend Mint to start. Ubuntu when you need it.

My 2 cents.