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Offline Charles Sloan

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Linux Users Reply Within
« on: Wed Feb 03, 2010 - 10:22:12 »
I am considering a Linux distro for a workstation, since I am changing my major to 'puters I figure I should have one...

I need a decent GUI, which I will go with Gnome rather than KDE. (I know everyone loves KDE, but not me...)

What distro's do you use, or recommend?

(If you don't understand the questions, you probably shouldn't reply...)

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« Reply #1 on: Fri Feb 05, 2010 - 13:47:34 »
 ::shrug::

I know a little but still a novice... but I just had to post on this thread ..  ::crackup::[/glow]     

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« Reply #2 on: Sat Feb 06, 2010 - 09:06:00 »
Okay I figure this is what I'm going to do. I'm going to dump the Apple and get a desktop with two hard drives, or maybe three. On one of hard drives I am going to install Windows 7 and one another Fedora 12. The third will just be a huge terabyte dump drive to share between them both. That way I can still run my mmos I like to play, and I can experiment with doing crossovers in Wine, Cedega, and Crossover. Since I'm going to school for IT I can get  copy of Windows 7 for like $70 bucks, so I might as well see what all the hype is about at least.

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« Reply #3 on: Sat Feb 06, 2010 - 10:36:09 »
Don't have W7.  My co-workers tell me it is more appropriately, Vista SP2.

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« Reply #4 on: Thu Feb 11, 2010 - 15:15:12 »
Not a Linux user but found this information on GUI's.. and a good example of the changes to expect with Windows 7.  I'm not crazy about trying Windows 7 yet.. I  have XP on one computer and VISTA on another at home.   Both are down at the moment!  VISTA was constantly sticking.  And, NO, is wasn't my bubblegum!  I think I would like to try Firefox.   Hey, anyone old enough to remember Microsoft's BoB?   I was really excited about that GUI but it was pulled before I could get my hands on it.   I was so anxious to click on those little doors and such!

http://toastytech.com/guis/win7.html

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Re: Linux Users Reply Within
« Reply #5 on: Wed Mar 17, 2010 - 18:17:22 »
I have used Linux for the last ten years.  My house has a rule that states "Windows are for walls, not computers."

Right now I am using Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) but have used most of the distros in the past. (Suse, which became OpenSuse. Mandrake, which became Mandrivia. Red Hat, which became Fedora.  Fedora, which is still fedora.  SCO, which became nothing.  Slackware, which became a pain.  Knoppix, which also became a pain. OpenBSD, which isn't linux at all.  Gentoo, which starts off as a pain but quickly becomes less of one. and now Ubuntu, which is only a pain if you're used to other linux distros.)

As far as the GUI, I am running Gnome, but prefer Enlightenment because it's so much quicker.  There are some pretty annoying bugs right now with the latest version of E17 though, so if you try it out, stay with E16 which is the more stable release.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer them for you.

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« Reply #6 on: Wed Mar 17, 2010 - 20:02:51 »
I have used Linux for the last ten years.  My house has a rule that states "Windows are for walls, not computers."

Right now I am using Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) but have used most of the distros in the past. (Suse, which became OpenSuse. Mandrake, which became Mandrivia. Red Hat, which became Fedora.  Fedora, which is still fedora.  SCO, which became nothing.  Slackware, which became a pain.  Knoppix, which also became a pain. OpenBSD, which isn't linux at all.  Gentoo, which starts off as a pain but quickly becomes less of one. and now Ubuntu, which is only a pain if you're used to other linux distros.)

As far as the GUI, I am running Gnome, but prefer Enlightenment because it's so much quicker.  There are some pretty annoying bugs right now with the latest version of E17 though, so if you try it out, stay with E16 which is the more stable release.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer them for you.

Hi fcadcock. I have a few questions.

What made you decide to ditch Windows?
Is there anything you wish you could do but can’t because you don’t have Windows?
And finally, would the average Windows user be able to switch without much or any help?

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« Reply #7 on: Thu Mar 18, 2010 - 13:22:52 »
Personally, I use Ubuntu 9.04, but I have been meaning to upgrade to 9.10. Ubuntu is probably the most user-friendly as far as Windows users are concerned, and Ubuntu appears to have by far the largest user base.

It uses the GNOME GUI as default, as a previous poster mentioned, which is very similar to the old-style Mac interface (but this can be changed). If you would like your Ubuntu distro to assimilate a new-style Mac, then you can install avant-window-navigator, which provides a (new style) Mac taskbar.

Another thing to note: You don't need two separate hard drives for the two Linux distributions (and another for the dump space), instead, you can create partitions on one large drive, and simply install a boot manager such as GRUB (grand universal bootloader) or LILO (linux loader). GRUB is by far the easiest and most common, and Ubuntu installs it as standard, automatically detecting any other distributions on install.

Hope this helps!

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« Reply #8 on: Mon Mar 22, 2010 - 18:22:54 »
I have used Linux for the last ten years.  My house has a rule that states "Windows are for walls, not computers."

Right now I am using Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) but have used most of the distros in the past. (Suse, which became OpenSuse. Mandrake, which became Mandrivia. Red Hat, which became Fedora.  Fedora, which is still fedora.  SCO, which became nothing.  Slackware, which became a pain.  Knoppix, which also became a pain. OpenBSD, which isn't linux at all.  Gentoo, which starts off as a pain but quickly becomes less of one. and now Ubuntu, which is only a pain if you're used to other linux distros.)

As far as the GUI, I am running Gnome, but prefer Enlightenment because it's so much quicker.  There are some pretty annoying bugs right now with the latest version of E17 though, so if you try it out, stay with E16 which is the more stable release.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer them for you.

Hi fcadcock. I have a few questions.

What made you decide to ditch Windows?
Is there anything you wish you could do but can’t because you don’t have Windows?
And finally, would the average Windows user be able to switch without much or any help?


I didn't ditch windows instantly when I begun using Linux.  My shift away from MS products and Windows was fairly gradual.  As more and more open source programs matured to where they could replace Microsoft applications, I moved more and more of my computing to Linux.  The final straw I guess was XP and how horribly slow and unstable it was.  I was having to reboot my computer every morning just so that Windows would work without lagging and freezing up on me.  Linux never does this.  In fact, the only time I ever reboot my linux machine is when I upgrade the kernel (the part of the operating system that controls everything else) or move the machine across the room and have to unplug it.  It just keeps chugging along week after week, month after month, year after year with no problems.

Games.  I miss being able to play games on my computer.  Linux has all the small tetris and card games you could ever want, but large, new games just aren't released for linux usually.

The "average Windows user" should not need too much help with most things.  The biggest challenge I have when helping people switch is figuring out which programs they need, and which ones to throw out.  The default install of most linux distros includes about 4 or 5 of each type of application you could ever want to use and it gets really confusing.  I spend more time deleting applications out of the start menu than just about anything else.

Also, setting up things like DVD playback or MP3 support can be hard if you don't know what you are doing.  Both DVDs and MP3s use formats that are not open source and therefore aren't shipped with linux by default.  It is perfectly legal to download these codecs and use them, but they aren't shipped with the distro because of politics within the linux community.  If you need them, just google "linux mp3 support" or dvd support and you will find hundreds of websites that will walk you through the process.

Also:  itunes does not have a linux client.  There are programs which can update and manage iPods and iPhones like iTunes, but they do not include the Itunes store.  That's a bit of a letdown for me personally.

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Re: Linux Users Reply Within
« Reply #9 on: Thu Mar 17, 2011 - 21:33:37 »
Dual boot- XP or Vista and Ubuntu 10.10


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« Reply #10 on: Wed Jan 11, 2012 - 08:17:19 »
Dual boot Ubuntu 10.10 and Win 7. 

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