Linux Mint VS Fedora Linux VS Windows XP (Which one do I get?)

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  1. MrMcTiller
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    As the title says. I am thinking about getting either Mint Linux (Cinnamon), Fedora Linux, or Windows XP Service pack 3. Which one do I get? I like Linux and I want to play on Steam and Minecraft. (Because I R NOOB). XD
     
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    why windows xp?
     
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    Definitely not Windows XP because it's no longer supported.

    I'd try Linux Mint myself but mainly due to familiarity over Fedora and the preferred UI, but it's not perfect and I've had to use CentOS as an alternative in the past.
     
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    i would install linux mint
     
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    Why not all 3?
     
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    A second vote for Linux Mint from me.

    Why would you install a dead, insecure OS like XP?
    Get Win 8.1 or Win 10 if you want/need windows and dual boot with Linux Mint.
     
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    To be honest, what kind of Support do you need/want with Windows XP?

    If you are not a Linux fan, goes with windows, easy as that, Linux Mint its pretty, but always had trouble with the low speed on the wifi drivers.
     
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    Windows XP no longer receives security patches, and is wide open to 0days. Recommending that anyone use it outside of a virtual machine is idiotic. This has nothing to do with being a fan of something as this doesn't pertain to a hobby. I abhor Linux for its haphazard kernel, but it's definitely a better quality of life compared to XP. OP can't run newer iterations of Windows due to hardware limitations, so it's either buy a new computer, leave themselves open to constant attack (it's quite easy to scan the internet for XP machines with nmap), or learn basic Linux.
     
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    I personally like Fedora more, but that's just me. Most people like Mint more, so I'd suggest that to you over Fedora (And Windows but others have made that clear it's a big 'no' already)
     
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    Linux Mint
     
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    not much of a linux guy, but get linux mint
     
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    Mint
     
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    I have an 8GB USB as my Harddrive...
    My friend suggests XP over Linux for some reason. IDK I don't want to use XP
    It is decided. I will use Linux Mint. Now... I have a problem that bothers me...

    I booted into the Live version VIA USB, but some of the font in the menu is really messed up. For example, some of the letters like "c" show up as messed up dotted lines in the shape of a "c". I have no other way of explaining. It happens to a lot of the letters in the menu. I opened the terminal and typed every letter, but it was perfectly fine.
     
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    Probably because it's using an incompatible driver, after installing, you may need to install official drivers.

    Or maybe the download is corrupt.
     
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    It did it on normal Ubuntu as well. So, maybe I need official drivers. How do I install those?
     
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    Nvidia or AMD?
     
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    How do I check?
     
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    You don't know what GPU you have? It's quite possible that you just have on board Intel graphics, and if that's the case, there is no official driver. You'll just have to tweak Ubuntu's font renderer, or use something besides Ubuntu (Mint is Ubuntu). I recommend BunsenLabs, but that's just me.

    Edit: I forgot to mention that you can find your graphics card by running this in a terminal.
    dmesg | grep graphics
     
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    There's a window that pops up first boot after installing with a link to the driver manager.

    If you're using the live iso, you need to actually install it. The desktop past part of the ISO is just for trialling Linux Mint / troubleshooting broken systems.

    Not necessary to know, the driver manager auto detects
     
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    I use all three. Until recently My Windows XP machine PSU just went out the other day. It was 13 years old so go figure. No online usuage except
    just to update some updates to get some usb stuff working at the time of purchase 2005-2007 era ish. Used it purely for music purposes offline for the most party. I would get online every few months just to do updates. I have Fedora on an Old HP Pavillion Athlon XP 3500+ Tower that Dual Boots Fedora and Windows 7, and I have a old 2007-8 Duo Core Sony Vaio with Windows 7 and Mint.Just wondering why the jump from Mint (Deb) based to Fedora (RPM) based??. I'm thinking you just want to try things out.There's a little bit of a difference there in terminal commands sometimes,but other then that they do the same thing.Stay away from XP.Get Windows 8. 1 or 10 instead.Not sure if there was a specific need for XP.I wanna fix my XP machine PSU,but at the same time I might just start using the Windows 7 tower offline and just connect fro updates every once in a while.I use Ubuntu too and I really like it,although I notice mint runs better on the lower end machines then Ubuntu.Unless of course if I really tweak Ubuntu to be kind of Minimal it runs okay. Actually haven't played on mint for a little while, but I'm on my Ubuntu everyday.Hope you find something that works out.
     
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