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#1
As MS are giving the finger to my Thinkpad R61 Vista OS with it saying it's already in use for once it don't really matter as the laptop is used for my DAC which is supposed to be supported as long as the kernel. is UAC2 compliant.

https://amanero.com/

The laptop specs are

Core 2 Duo T7300
Mobile Intel GM965 Express
2x1GB modules

Thanks.
 
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#2
Pretty much any up to date Linux OS is UAC2 compliant.

If you've never used Linux before, a good start could be Linux Mint with either Cinnamon or MATE desktop.
 

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#4
I have almost the same laptop, and I use Mint 18.3 Cinnamon, 64bit, can recommend.
 
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Linux is hard to install, after I mount with RUFUS it always tells me "this hard drive has no root file, bla bla" I assumed it was like windows you just boot from USB and click install and next next next, boom OS. :( i gave up about 2 months ago
 
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#6
Linux is hard to install,
Huh?! it has been as easy as it gets.
I advice something like Fedora for starters. Quick and easy installation of just defining partitions, writing passwords and that's it, with a very simple GUI
 
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Linux is hard to install, after I mount with RUFUS it always tells me "this hard drive has no root file, bla bla" I assumed it was like windows you just boot from USB and click install and next next next, boom OS. :( i gave up about 2 months ago
You boot into Mint and there's a link on the Mint desktop to install.
 
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#9
lynx29, a little too vague. linux mint and using rufus, then select your boot device, it takes care of the rest.

AsRock, i vote for linux Mint as well. doesn't matter the flavor, i use cinnamon when i do use it, the lenovo should handle any modern desktop (maybe not kde neon) without any issues
 
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I don´t have a lot of experience with all different linux sys but few systems that I tried I can agree with others that Mint was somehow better&more friendly then some others...I also using sometimes Mint on my raspberry pie 2 where is working really good considering the low spec of that machine.....
 
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#11
Running Mint 18 Cinnamon 64 bit (Sarah) here and install is easier than Winblows.
Grab a copy of the .iso image, burn it or mount it onto a USB drive (I burned it) and do the deed. As long as you have the machine connected ot the web it will install all needed updates while it installs. Once done and you reboot, that's it.
No drivers to load or anything - It just works.

BTW although it is different than Windows it's similar enough that you will figure it out very quickly. Other distros can be as "Friendly" or not, the version I have is about a good as it gets for moving from Windows. Been using it since I said "No" to Winspy 10 and went with this instead, no regrets doing it at all.
 
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#12
can i still run steam games on linux mint? like stardew valley? it says on stema page it requires Ubuntu... thats only reason i was trying to install Ubuntu... it says root file not found everytime i try to install it from USB, and it requires a lot of work to install it i guess... :(
 
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#13
Yes you can but only games that are listed to work for Linux as well. Linux MINT is based off Ubuntu

I haven't come across anything about a root file before... Weird

Try using YUMI
 
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openSUSE Tumbleweed + choose ext4 when installing (ie, avoid btrfs+xfs default)
 
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openSUSE Tumbleweed + choose ext4 when installing (ie, avoid btrfs+xfs default)
But-But BTrFs is faster but Has issues that need to be fixed :pimp: but yeah stick with ext4
 
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@lynx29 All I have ever had to do, is go to the Mint home page. Downloads. Then transfer to a USB, plug it into the Linux machine and reboot. Sounds like you may have had a corrupted .iso.

Mint will open and you just click on the desktop icon to install. Choose your options, wait 15-20 minutes. Done.
 
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@lynx29 All I have ever had to do, is go to the Mint home page. Downloads. Then transfer to a USB, plug it into the Linux machine and reboot. Sounds like you may have had a corrupted .iso.

Mint will open and you just click on the desktop icon to install. Choose your options, wait 15-20 minutes. Done.
you didnt have to mount it with rufus?
 
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RuFus is a USB creator for ISO Linux/Windows OSs don't know why you are running into issues

 
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Um, yea. I did use Rufus, do use. I think that you may have gotten, or somehow, a corrupted file. Incomplete, or something. The only issues I have ever had were with BIOS controls, to boot from USB.
 
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I'm not a linux user but I've tried ubuntu. Is that even a linux dis?
 
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Linux-Ubuntu-Mint.....They are all Linux, everything else, is a Distro.
 
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I'm going to give it a shot, do I do GPT, NTFS? or MBR FAT32? for linux mint and/or ubuntu?
 
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#24
Pretty much any up to date Linux OS is UAC2 compliant.

If you've never used Linux before, a good start could be Linux Mint with either Cinnamon or MATE desktop.
Hell, the next kernel version is slated to receive UAC3 support. Also, if the OP uses the laptop for media consumption maybe something like OpenELEC would be good fit?
Otherwise, for generic usage Mint should be fine.
 
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But-But BTrFs is faster but Has issues that need to be fixed :pimp: but yeah stick with ext4
The only explanation is that unsuspecting TW users are the nuclear testing grounds for the enterprise edition of SUSE, where they really want to tout and sell btrfs features.
 
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