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rose pony is best pony
written by Starchaser on May 28, 2007 07:13
Hi guys I have used linux before but I want to know which is the best one to use
meep
written by Naavis on May 28, 2007 09:28
You mean which distribution? That depends completely on what you're after. If you want a distro easy to use and set up, then I'd recommend Ubuntu.
"gheeh!" (c)h.azuma
written by Yayo on May 28, 2007 19:35
There's probably nothing such a best one to use. Like naavis said it depend on what you're going to do with it, and also what you really mean with the best one.
I never tried Ubuntu, but it seems to be definitely ok. Also Knoppix and family are ok I think.

I suggest you to temporarily avoid Suse, because of the recent agreement between novell and micro$oft..
(If I remember correctly the FSF said it's possibly to boicott novel thanks to the incoming GPL3, and this would lead to some problems in finding packages of recent versions of software for that distro.
I doubt this is really going to happens, but still..
you know: it's just to be sure. : P )

y.
faces or a vase?
written by Tom on May 29, 2007 01:54
I'm using (K)ubuntu right now, but if you really want to learn the nuts and bolts of Linux, and have a lot of time on your hands, go for Gentoo. Otherwise, Ubuntu is what I'd recommend. Actually, Kubuntu may be better, since KDE is better than Gnome at almost everything...but first, try Knoppix. I've found it to be better than the Ubuntu live CD for trying out Linux.
"gheeh!" (c)h.azuma
written by Yayo on May 29, 2007 19:42
well, if you plan to have a FULL control over you GNU/Linux system it could be a good idea to compile it all from scratch: you'll get a system built to fit on your PC, and you'll get total control of it. Also you'll be in some way forced to learn many useful things.
But this would be a long and complex task. You're warned. : P
And also you would still need a working GNU/Linux system to compile a second one, so... : P
I've used an old knoppix distro to start building my LinuxFromScratch system but I'm still working on it. I've compiled all the packages yet, but it's still going to be a long task... many other things to do. : /

And about KDE/Gnome... KDE is generally considered better than Gnome, but just to let you know, on my PC fluxbox starts in 1 second, while KDE take around 12-15 seconds..
many apps (generally the ones that have a name which starts with a "k") seems to be based on some kind of KDE libraries, so if you plan to use these apps, you would probably need to install KDE, but if you want a EASY and LIGHT system, there are other choices like fluxbox, windowsmaker...

I like fast, small and easy things, but it's just my taste. : P
(and by the way I'm still not so smart about GNU/Linux.. still so many things to learn.. X | )

it's all up to you. : )

y.
the bestest ever
written by Medeivalstargazer on May 30, 2007 00:04
Yayo said:
I like fast, small and easy things, but it's just my taste. : P
Hahaha wooowwwww that could be taken in such an inappropriate manner *rolls eyes*




As for Linux, back when I went hunting Kubuntu did look the best to me . I'm getting it when I build my new system
rose pony is best pony
written by Starchaser on May 30, 2007 03:14
well the one i used was kde and i'm used to that but it was a old mandrake one and i want a more permanent one so where can i get kde
kamikazemadman
written by Peterpaul kl h on May 30, 2007 06:54
You can get KDE from:

http://www.kde.org

But i guess that is not what you meant. KDE is just a desktop environment for Linux. You say that you have used Mandrake (a Linux distribution), then you might want to use Mandriva.

http://www.mandriva.com/en/download

If you're not afraid of something new, try Kubuntu, the KDE version of Ubuntu. Ubuntu is the most popular linux distribution of the moment.

http://www.kubuntu.org/
rose pony is best pony
written by Starchaser on May 30, 2007 08:49
Thanks peterpaul
unreal engine 3.0
written by Crembo on May 31, 2007 13:01
I've installed Kubuntu, Ubuntu and Ubuntu Studio all at once on my system and dual-booting with windows XP.

You know what? Ubuntu+XGL+Beryl looks even better than vista and I haven't even begun to scratch the possibilies.

Sadly, comparing video and audio playback, printing and hebrew support, linux falls too far behind XP so it's not my primary system yet, just getting my thumb in the water to see when it's all nice and ready to dip in.
a title is a curious thing...
written by Granpire viking man on May 31, 2007 22:35
Shouldn't that be called quad-booting?
faces or a vase?
written by Tom on Jun 01, 2007 03:14
Crembo said:
Sadly, comparing video and audio playback, printing and hebrew support, linux falls too far behind XP so it's not my primary system yet, just getting my thumb in the water to see when it's all nice and ready to dip in.
I don't know anything about Hebrew support, but the only audio and video related problems I have had were with WMV files on a 64-bit system that couldn't use the Windows codec pack available from the mplayer website.
Did you see the Restricted Formats wiki page?

I had no trouble with my printer, but what printer do you have? You may need a different driver, but in general I've found printer support in Ubuntu to be quite good, better even than Mandrake.
doing pushups
written by Megagun on Jun 01, 2007 10:58
Installed Ubuntu 7.04 again yesterday..
Did some stuff, then installed kde-desktop (yeah I KNOW but I just don't like gnome. It feels weird) and beryl (which doesn't seem to do anything by the way )...

Then spent a few hours playing Tremulous, forgot that I was under Linux (I had copied all my user settings over from Win to Lin) and turned the system off...
unreal engine 3.0
written by Crembo on Jun 01, 2007 12:41
Installing beryl is more than just marking some packages and clicking 'apply'.

It's beta, highly unstable software so you'll need to put some effort into it. There's a sticky about it in the Ubuntu forums..

... As for video playback, WMV playback on my 32-bit machine is funky in all players - VLC, Mplayer and Totem. But that's not the main problem, but rather really bad quality when running under beryl 3D desktop, possibly due to my ATI card.

And as for printing, I have a Canon Pixma IP4200 printer with a wide array of features (even automatic duplex printing!) and in linux I couldn't even configure the system to print A4 rather than legal.
faces or a vase?
written by Tom on Jun 01, 2007 15:20
It seems that you may need to install Canon's drivers for that printer: see here.

Yes, beryl can be weird, I started before the Beryl project was begun, and it took me a long time to get compiz-quinn working even though I have an NVIDIA card. ood luch with the ATI...
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