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Old 10-03-2009, 09:08 AM   #1
TwilitKitusne
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Linux Distro Choosing Help


Hello everyone! Well, seeing that this is my first post, here, this has to be my biggest question.

I'll be running a Mac OS X Snow Leopard MacBook Pro (15.4", Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz, 500 GB Serial ATA @7200rpm, 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM 2x2GB memory, NVIDIA GeForce 9400 + 9600) within the next few days, and I'd like to pick a Linux Distro to run on it with Boot Camp. My only problem is that I don't know which one would be best for me.

I've had a little bit of experience with Linux - in fact, I'm using my old laptop that runs on Ubuntu 9.04 right now to type this. I don't have a really big preference on the desktop environment to use.

I do the following on a computer:

~Graphic and web design (a lot of it)
~Writing (also another thing I do a lot - I love literature)
~Internet (of course)
~VERY minimal online gaming (1 MMO, I believe)
~Watching videos (occasionally)
~Email (I do this a lot, too XD)

I think that's about it. Please, I could really use some help. Any suggestions?

TwilitKitsune (just noticed that I misspelled my username. Wonderful >.>)
 
Old 10-03-2009, 09:48 AM   #2
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Hi. You can do all of those with proper applications on any distribution.
 
Old 10-03-2009, 09:56 AM   #3
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How do you like Ubuntu ?
 
Old 10-03-2009, 10:00 AM   #4
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Then what applications should I use? But still, any suggestions on a distro for me?

Ubuntu is good. Kinda getting sick of it, though. I've had some very minor issues with it.
 
Old 10-03-2009, 10:09 AM   #5
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So you have encountered problems with Ubuntu that you would like to avoid by going to a different Distro ?
If you tell us what you do not like ... then we can try to offer another alternative.


Apps

http://ubuntulinuxhelp.com/top-100-o...-applications/
http://www.linux.org/apps/
 
Old 10-03-2009, 10:09 AM   #6
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I would say slackware. it provides you with a complete set of packages. However a little tweaking is necessary since it mainly assumes that the user is not a novice to Linux world. However it is not that difficult to tweak slack, afterall you can depend on the wonderful people of this forum to help you out. So go for it. See if it meets your requirement.
Alternatively I would say ArchLinux. However that is quite a lot of work to set up. But if you want a minimal lightweight distro, arch is the way to go. Or else download and install the slackware DVD.
Good Luck
 
Old 10-03-2009, 10:19 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TwilitKitusne View Post
Ubuntu is good. Kinda getting sick of it, though.
I don't get the idea that a Linux distribution should be fun or interesting. It's just the platform. The applications should be useful and/or fun and interesting. The platform should just be stable and easy to use.

If Ubuntu is good but boring, that's perfect. Get interesting applications.

If you are "sick of it" for some other reason, such as:

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I've had some very minor issues with it.
What are they? If they are specific to Ubuntu, someone here can suggest a distribution which would be different in that aspect. If they are just Linux being Linux, we can tell you that, so you don't waste time looking for a distribution that doesn't exist. If they are things that are easy to fix in Ubuntu, someone will probably tell you how.

We can, of course, just tell you our own favorite distributions. I see someone already said Slackware. My favorite is Mepis. But none of that is helpful when we don't know what you didn't like about Ubuntu.

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Then what applications should I use?
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~Graphic and web design (a lot of it)
~Writing (also another thing I do a lot - I love literature)
~Internet (of course)
~VERY minimal online gaming (1 MMO, I believe)
~Watching videos (occasionally)
~Email (I do this a lot, too XD)
Writing: Open Office (or what is wrong with it? It is the obvious answer, so if you don't want to use it you should explain why.)

Internet and Email: Firefox and Thunderbird. They are the best. Lots of people have various conflicting opinions about that, but they're all just wrong

Web design, gaming and videos: No clue, but you'll probably get some opinions posted here. If not, it's very easy to search for such things in Synaptic.

Last edited by johnsfine; 10-03-2009 at 10:28 AM.
 
Old 10-03-2009, 10:34 AM   #8
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Only you can decide.
Download some live cd's, and run them.
Look which doesn' "make you sick"
 
Old 10-04-2009, 07:15 AM   #9
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@johnsfine:
No, it's just that I got kind of bored of Ubuntu. I wanted a change. It may just be me, however >.<.
It's just had some minor glitches, that's all. Freezing, it's crashed twice, some of the applications have just randomly crashed on me, but that's about it.
Now, the only reason I don't really like OpenOffice.org is because there isn't grammar editing in the Writer app. And I know, you can install that LT button (whatever it's called) and check for grammar with that, but I like seeing the mistakes I've made right in front of me, and not by having to click a button and go through the entire document and reading things I've either already corrected, or are already grammatically correct.

@everyone else:
Thanks, I'll take all of your ideas and hints into consideration .
 
Old 10-04-2009, 09:55 AM   #10
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@johnsfine:
No, it's just that I got kind of bored of Ubuntu. I wanted a change. It may just be me, however >.<.
It's just had some minor glitches, that's all. Freezing, it's crashed twice, some of the applications have just randomly crashed on me, but that's about it.
Now, the only reason I don't really like OpenOffice.org is because there isn't grammar editing in the Writer app. And I know, you can install that LT button (whatever it's called) and check for grammar with that, but I like seeing the mistakes I've made right in front of me, and not by having to click a button and go through the entire document and reading things I've either already corrected, or are already grammatically correct.

@everyone else:
Thanks, I'll take all of your ideas and hints into consideration .
 
  


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