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Old 12-18-2012, 08:58 PM   #1
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Fedora. Wha........ Huh?

Friend brought me a laptop running Fedora Core. I believe that's a Linux distro. I have absolutely no idea what to do with it. I suppose I'll put in the password and hope it has some kind of menu driven format. Given that it says Fedora "Core," am I to understand it's really old? Short of installing a new Windows OS, can I update to a recent iteration of Fedora and just follow the menu or do I have to learn a whole new language to work on this thing?

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Old 12-19-2012, 04:29 AM   #2
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My linux distos have a gui. You will have to learn some linux command line arguments to do some things. Give it a try, and if you're not happy with it, then install a windows os.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:46 AM   #3
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According to the specs, it came with windows. If it's configured to dual boot, where would that be in Fedora? I'll be playing with it this afternoon, so one more question. What is Fedora's equivalent to control panel?
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:29 AM   #4
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System Monitor is the closest to it, although this being Linux there are a million different applications you can use that all do the same thing and no one has standardized them.

Fedora is a fork of Red-Hat linux (The hat the titular mascot for Red Hat is wearing looks like a Fedora. Get it?). It's probably in the top two most popular Linux distributions after Ubuntu.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:59 PM   #5
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If Windows is there, you should have an option at boot. I'd install ubuntu 12.04. I find much more user friendly and supports more hardware.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:47 PM   #6
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If Windows is there, you should have an option at boot. I'd install ubuntu 12.04. I find much more user friendly and supports more hardware.
This^^^ I've had only a little time with Linux but Ubuntu is very user friendly easy to learn how to use.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:57 PM   #7
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It's a clone of an old operating system. But runs at rofl-scale. I actually have never run that vender lock-in red hat crowd sourced gnu/linux enterprise marketed OS on a laptop and agree with everyone here that you should run one of the debian libre operating systems or PC-BSD. Your friend whom purchased this laptop for you should also provide you with their own time and technical assistance to help you update, upgrade and install software on it. It's what friends are for =)
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