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  1. #11


    Greece
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    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SaggyMaggyPoo View Post
    I'm interested in trying out Linux on a VM using VMWare Player. Can any of you experts recommend a version that is good for someone without a lot of techie knowledge please.
    Well, personally, I think Rebecca is kinda sexy ... but then beauty is in the eye of the beholder - MATE or KDE may be more appropiate to begin with... (NB: Linux is not for the GUI orientated... it's more about efficiency (although the wallpapers beat the pants off Windows 10 TP ...IMHO) Editions for Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" - Linux Mint
    Thank you. I will take a look at this.

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    Forever West
    Posts : 591
    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    Linux is not for the GUI orientated... it's more about efficiency
    I like Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon flavor on a Notebook and a Desktop, works really well on computers that had WinXP, keeps them in use. The GUI is different but still good, as with any change of OS there's a learning process. I have a Dell Inspiron 700m that won't run late versions of Windows, a problem with PAE/Physical Address Extensions on some of the Centrino implementations of the Intel CPU so I put Linux Mint 13 on it making use of a computer instead of throwing it out.
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  3. #13


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Thanks for the suggestion @Berton. I will add it to the list to look at.

    It's very sonfusing to have so many different versions out there .
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  4. #14


    Forever West
    Posts : 591
    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    Yes, it is confusing but sorting through helps keep me out of the bars, so far hasn't driven me to drink. There will be more changes coming as more of the various developers move/update to Linux Kernel 4 if they haven't already. From a couple of weeks ago:
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  5. #15


    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I'm also running 17.1 Mint Cinnamon on VMware Player. Pretty nice IMO.
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  6. #16


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    As a SERVER most flavours of Linux beat any version of Windows hands down IMO -- even run as a Virtual Machine a Server is perfectly possible. Whether or not it works for you as a desktop is a moot point. Windows still is for 90% of the Non Apple users out there the EASIEST to use as a HOME OS -- if it weren't the case then Windows would have been replaced a long long time ago.

    Running Linux on a VM is a great way to learn Linux -- just remember though things are handled differently from Windows so slavishly trying to use Windows principles on a Linux machine will rapidly cause a great deal of frustration and certainly hinder your Linux experience.

    A great way to start USING Linux is to have it as a File, Print and Multi-media server -- things like PLEX work on it very easily. As a VM you can try various versions to see what you like.

    With VM's though you will need GOOD FAST HDD's or performance will not be good especially if you are Video streaming. SSD's are great but usually not enough capacity. A USB3 HDD can often be a good choice. You must have adequate RAM as well but that's not normally a problem on modern machines - even laptops.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  7. #17


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SaggyMaggyPoo View Post
    I'm interested in trying out Linux on a VM using VMWare Player. Can any of you experts recommend a version that is good for someone without a lot of techie knowledge please.
    Well, personally, I think Rebecca is kinda sexy ... but then beauty is in the eye of the beholder - MATE or KDE may be more appropiate to begin with... (NB: Linux is not for the GUI orientated... it's more about efficiency (although the wallpapers beat the pants off Windows 10 TP ...IMHO) Editions for Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" - Linux Mint
    Following your recommendation, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Cinnamon 64 bit has been chosen.

    Trying to install this on VMware player using the .iso on a usb during creation of a new VM, I get this message:

    Click image for larger version

    Clicking on Next then choose Linux and need to choose a Version.

    What should I choose in this box please?

    Click image for larger version
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  8. #18


    Forever West
    Posts : 591
    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    I've not had occasion to come across the same screens you show on the several versions of Linux I've installed.

    For first-time users of Linux I recommend what I did, use the .iso file you downloaded with your DVD burning program to create the bootable DVD and boot to it. Run Linux from the DVD to determine if you can use it, saves headaches with setting up a virtual machine and avoids problems with the installed Operating System until after becoming somewhat familiar with Linux. If you like it you can install while booted to the DVD, has an icon on the desktop for doing that.
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  9. #19


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    I've not had occasion to come across the same screens you show on the several versions of Linux I've installed.

    For first-time users of Linux I recommend what I did, use the .iso file you downloaded with your DVD burning program to create the bootable DVD and boot to it. Run Linux from the DVD to determine if you can use it, saves headaches with setting up a virtual machine and avoids problems with the installed Operating System until after becoming somewhat familiar with Linux. If you like it you can install while booted to the DVD, has an icon on the desktop for doing that.
    I understand what you're saying, and will look at this, but are you also saying that I can't use the .iso on my usb and install the OS whilst creating a VM?
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  10. #20


    Forever West
    Posts : 591
    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    Generally an .iso file is an exact image of the original disc and used to create a duplicate without needing the original disc. I've no use any program that can extract the necessary files for installing directly from an .iso file but there are some that can create a bootable USB drive from the .iso file, again haven't tried one yet. If I was doing it I'd use my CD/DVD Burning program to create the disc from that .iso file then boot to it.
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