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Which are the OpenSource OSs having windows installer?

Postby devanpvasudevan on Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:54 pm

Please suggest me a Lightweight Open source OS which having Windows Installer.
I've only 1GB RAM an 80GB Hard disk. I have installed Cinnamon in ma PC. But it is slower, so I need a Lightweight or any OS which is comfortable for me.
I can't install Ubuntu due to some errors and also can't boot form USB. So I need Windows installer.
Anybody please suggest me a Open source OS with Windows installer for me.
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Re: Which are the OpenSource OSs having windows installer?

Postby xenopeek on Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:39 pm

I'd recommend Linux Mint 13 MATE 64 bit: http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=104.
  • Linux Mint 13 because it's the long-term support release, with support till April 2017 (meaning you get security fixes for all your installed software till then);
  • MATE because it is somewhat similar to Cinnamon, but unlike Cinnamon doesn't require a good graphics card driver to work smooth. It will probably be faster. The other editions (KDE, Xfce) don't have a Windows installer.
  • 64 bit because although the 32 bit edition also has the Windows installer, you can read in the release notes that on the 32 bit edition this doesn't work right and you are informed to use only the 64 bit edition when you want to use the Windows installer.
You can install from DVD or USB stick (how to put the ISO on a USB: http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/744).

If you can't boot from USB stick, you can use Plop Boot Manager (which you can put on a CD, or add to your Windows install). Plop will allow you to boot from USB stick even if your BIOS doesn't support that: http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager/index.html

If you asking this has as reason the USB booting problem, I'd recommend you use Plop Boot Manager instead of using a Windows installer to install a Linux distro. Do a real installation, it will be safer and faster.
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