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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).
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).
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
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.