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Old 08-08-2007, 08:37 AM   #1
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Choosing Distribution


Hey yall, tell me what distribution to use.

I feel like messing with new things, so I'm going to setup a dual boot with linux and XP32. I want to play games on it. Here's my setup:

Core 2 Duo E6750
EVGA 680i A1 LT
2x 7800GTX
2GB RAM

Which distribution is the prettiest, most functional, most compatible with my hardware, and least effort-requiring?
 
Old 08-08-2007, 08:51 AM   #2
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There's a question that's never been asked before. I wish XavierP had kept this thread open --> http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...t=which+distro
 
Old 08-08-2007, 11:02 AM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by brunch
Hey yall, tell me what distribution to use.
No one is going to tell you what to do.....say "please", and you might get some suggestions...

There are 4,317 threads on this topic (I counted), but the easy answer is to pick anything in the top ten on the "hit list" at distrowatch.com

Also, look at my "getting started" article below
 
Old 08-08-2007, 05:21 PM   #4
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Oh, oops. I guess I should've done a search.

But if I said please I'd be a hypocrite. Though that option seems more attractive as I get older.
 
Old 08-09-2007, 04:10 AM   #5
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...an easy way out of saying please is to only speak to machines.

www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/
http://polishlinux.org/choose/quiz/
or even
http://www.tuxs.org/chooser/

(although I prefer the way the first two work to the third). In fact, if you search, using a popular search engine, on 'distro chooser' you could argue that we ought to start a "which distro chooser" thread.

To be slightly more serious for a second, while which distro is a question that newbies always want to ask, I'm not sure that there is a useful answer until they know a bit more about what they want. I think the best to do is to play with something for a while and then work out what you think are shortcomings and move on from there.

With that in mind, you might want to plug in a couple of live CDs and see what you think. They'll be a bit slower, but you'll get a feel for what to expect. (In particular, if 'prettiest' is a high priority, as it seems to be, have a look at the Elive CD - I wouldn't make a more general reccommendation for Enlightenment for a beginner, but it does look good.)

I'm assuming that you intend to carry on playing games on some other OS.
 
Old 08-09-2007, 04:12 AM   #6
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Use DOS. It's the prettiest, most functional, most compatible and least effort requiring distribution around.
 
Old 08-09-2007, 09:06 AM   #7
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If you are coming from a windows environment, try PCLinuxOS 2007. I have used about 7 or 8 different distros and can honestly say that PCLinuxOS is the most complete and easy to use for a newbie - it really is awesome. It works on my laptop better than any other distro I've ever tried - and that includes all of the main ones.

If new computers came with PCLinuxOs 2007 fitted as standard, no one would ever buy Windows again.
 
Old 08-11-2007, 01:02 AM   #8
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Kubuntu
http://www.kubuntu.org/


Mandriva
http://www.mandriva.com/community/mandrivaone


PCLinuxOS .92
http://ftp.nluug.nl/pub/metalab/dist...glish/preview/
ftp://ftp.nluug.nl/pub/metalab/distr...glish/preview/

This is the distro I use and recommend, Why because it works right out of the box. No need to configure Everything, everything just works. It also comes as a 1 CD install that is a live CD that you can install later if you wish.

Mephis
http://www.mepis.org/


Blag
http://www.blagblagblag.org/download/
 
Old 08-15-2007, 03:16 AM   #9
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You guys are nice.

Yeah, my computer is ugly and my OS is mediocre-looking. I want something pretty.

I will now download and install Elive. I'm excited.
 
  


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