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Old 03-11-2006, 05:56 PM   #1
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Trouble finding a distro for my needs

I am just looking for something that would work well for my own home computer. I need something that works well for general use (messing around on the internet, listening to music, and office type stuff for college), but also would be for photo viewing/editing and, since I don't own a TV, video, and also that will work with my Ipod (that is it works well with removable media). The general use part doesn't seem difficult, but I am having trouble finding one with the video compatibility that I'm looking for. I tried Ubuntu several months ago and had trouble with it. It didn't like my audio card and I had trouble with the default video program not wanting to recognize the various types of video files I had, actually I don't remember it managing to play any video files at all (I've never had any real trouble finding and getting codecs to work in Windows, but I couldn't even figure out where to begin with Linux, or Ubuntu anyways since I couldn't find a video package that worked right).

So to sum it up, I'm looking for a versatile Linux distro that can handle running lots of different video types, music, and internet without tons of trouble trying to set it up/run it. I'm not a professional anything so some of the multimedia specific linux distros I've tried were just way too specific, but from trying out live cds the more general linux distros didn't have enough multimedia capability.

And I've considered SUSE, but it seems all the good stuff would be in the version I would have to pay for, and I'm just a poor college student so I can't really afford to spend money to actually buy a Linux distro (if I did I would have already).
Old 03-11-2006, 08:27 PM   #2
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Perfect for you

PCLinuxOS .92 is what you need. I now have no need for Windows.
My present computer has never seen Windows, kind of makes it ultra-pure i think.
Old 03-11-2006, 08:29 PM   #3
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PclinuxOS, Mepis, and alinux all have good multimedia support out of the box.

Pclos and Mepis have w32 codecs and others available via synaptic package management. These distros are very easy to install.

Alinux is more difficult to install and setup but its multimedia capabilities are very good.
Old 03-11-2006, 08:46 PM   #4
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You can go with OpenSuSE and just install the non-OSS stuff (flash, Java, etc.) manually (just add a YaST repository such as the SuSE FTP site), or download SuSE 10.0 (yes it's legal to download the retail version), or copy it from a friend (yes it's legal to copy the retail version).
Old 03-12-2006, 03:33 AM   #5
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PCLinuxOS Sounds Like what you are looking for, Great Multimedia straight from the Box, very little configuration is needed, works well with removable media for sure and regignognizes everything (even Most Windows media) I'll say this against it though it Has the Koffice suite by defult (word, Slide and data applications)I don't like it but you can D/L oppen office though Synaptic (God bless it) make sure you run synaptic as root though

You can D/L PCLinuxOS here:

Hope this Helps,

Old 03-12-2006, 07:30 PM   #6
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PCLinuxOS...we sound like a broken record.
Old 03-13-2006, 10:19 PM   #7
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If you can't afford to have the machine breaking down, then go for Debian Stable. The packages might get out of date and not look as flashy as their more recent versions but it really is rock solid.

When I start my studies, I'll be using the stable release on my laptop when doing assignments.

If you want the bleeding edge, with the risk of things breaking at the next upgrade, try the unstable release.

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Old 03-14-2006, 08:33 AM   #8
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Another tick for PCLinuxOS.

It is a live CD so you start off with a fixed set of software. Because it all has to fit on one CD, and the developers were anxious to get the multimedia stuff on and integrated, it does lack OpenOffice, but that is easily installed through its repositories using a program called Synaptic. On most computers it "just works" but there is plenty of help at its website, for more awkward hardware.


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