Recommendation for a Linux Distro HD installation

February 1, 2013 at 21:24:27
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 1.6

I am looking for a Linux Distro to install onto a hard drive that has these programs pre-installed, is under 4.15GB, and linked through a parent or reputable site.

-PDF reader
-PDF editor
-Scanner software that will allow me to scan multiple
and combine them to make a multi page PDF document
-avi/mpg to DVD format(to play in DVD player) something
as good/comparable as Sothink free version where you can put up to
3 DVD movies on a 4.7GB disc
-security software that will allow images from webcam to be taken when motion
is detected
-movie file editor(not necessary but if it has it then yay great)
-video player/mp3 player
-music/mp3 editor
-audio converter for different formats(including popular cell phone formats to mp3)
-drawing/jpg editor
-a youtube downloader
-something that will allow me to watch youtube site videos(Linux version of Adobe Flash?)
-a pdf printer so I can save web pages as a pdf file
-Trucrypt 7.1a
-email client
-firewall setup for a public network(security is a must) where
nothing is shared and hopefully the system can not be hacked
-zip file utility
-iso creator/burner
-DVD Burning software for data
-uTorrent or equivalent
-maybe a P2P like DC++, bearshare ...
-user friendly interface
-a fax printer to send documents off as a fax
-similar feature as Windows where you can lock out/logg off
-Windows programs emulator where I can use windows software
should there not be a program for certain tasks?(although I have
only heard great things about Linux and how there are so many free
programs for everything)

..and if at all possible have the ability to order disc(no USB)

Is there one out there?


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February 2, 2013 at 05:22:05
There are 100s & 100s of distros available. You listed zero system info so it will be difficult to suggest which one to try. You should be experimenting with Live CDs until you hit on one you like, then when you find it, run the installer program. In your other thread, I think you said you only had 512MB RAM? That will limit the distros to try. I'm a big fan of Linux Mint so I'm going to recommend Mint 14 Xfce (32-bit) version due to it's minimum memory requirement of 384MB (however, 1GB is recommended). You can download the ISO at the following site:

Read about the features:

Once you have the ISO, it will have to be burned to a DVD using a burning program such as Imgburn:

As for the programs you listed, many of then will come pre-installed, the others can be downloaded using "Software Manager".

If Mint isn't what you're looking for, have a look at the following site & find something else:

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March 2, 2013 at 19:11:41
Not trying to be a smart a$$ but, Your asking for a bit much. Did your windows come pre installed with all those requirements? Doubt it. Will Linux? Probably a lot more things then windows.

For instance Mint Linux will have PDF reader,-video player/mp3 player,drawing/jpg editor, you can watch youtube no problems, Libre office, email client, firewall, zip rar utility, torrent client, etc. You can try out most of it on a live dvd.

Your not going to find one with all your specific scanning, pdf audio and video editing, camera software etc. You will have to do the research and find something compatible. Most can be found in the Linux Package manager which is a simple search, check and apply.

Your best bet is to install it on a computer and try it. The other thing with Linux is if you find all these programs you can create your own disc. Something you could never do with windows.

Good luck in your quest cause once I found everything I needed and switched I find it hard to go back.

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October 25, 2013 at 12:22:41

No Windows did not come with much software but the freeware software that is available comes with the ease of installing it without having to be a LInux Nerd.

The Linux Mint distro was a flop as downloading it and burning it would not allow installtion, it wouldn't even boot without freezing!

Trying an emulator I tried to load it as a secondary operating system in my Windows XP to find that it would only work with one type of emulator and when trying to install more software it was a nightmare! I was able to install a software package but not all softwares that I wanted to test.

Since then I have upgraded my memory to be 2GB. Is there a better distro that comes with alot of bells and whistles that I can download and actually load? If it comes as a Live! disc as well that would be well but not necessary as I want to tinker with Linux as a standalone operating system to become familiar with its features and free software. Or just a nice stable distro that will work with an emulator to run in a Windows XP environment. Just wanna check it out and see if there is any free software that is of interest.

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October 26, 2013 at 15:30:00

seems to contain alot of apps, I've never tried it.


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December 1, 2013 at 11:37:30
I'm a big fan of Lubuntu(there is a small version thats 689MB so that you can throw the .iso on a cd and install from there.) From there you can add most of what you are looking for.(of course this would be true in most distributions of Linux.)


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