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Old 07-20-2006, 12:53 AM   #1
phantomreaper
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Need a Great Distro


I need a distro that has:
  • Automatic Gaming Support
  • EYE-Candy
  • Ease-of-use e.g. A kid can use it without screwing the distro
  • Automatic Codec Support (mp3s,wmas,dvds)
  • A eye-candy filled manager - yup, I love the eye-candy
  • Excellent package support - e.g One file, no dependencies all-in-one packages

Will think of more things later.....

Last edited by phantomreaper; 07-20-2006 at 12:56 AM.
 
Old 07-20-2006, 12:59 AM   #2
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I guess there are already enough threads surrounding this topic so please consider posting into them instead of starting a new thread!
 
Old 07-20-2006, 01:05 AM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by phantomreaper
I need a distro that has:
  • Automatic Gaming Support
  • EYE-Candy
  • Ease-of-use e.g. A kid can use it without screwing the distro
  • Automatic Codec Support (mp3s,wmas,dvds)
  • A eye-candy filled manager - yup, I love the eye-candy
  • Excellent package support - e.g One file, no dependencies all-in-one packages

Will think of more things later.....
Since you already seem to be familiar with Ubuntu, stick with it and use Automatics for the easy automated multimedia support:
http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=177646

It also can install gdesklets (just click on it) for the extra eye-candy.
Also see: http://www.gnome-look.org/
 
Old 07-20-2006, 02:03 AM   #4
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PCLinuxOS has a gaming edition. It is the most newbie-friendly distro I have ever seen. All the codecs pre-installed/configured. Handles NTFS, no problem. Even more newbie-friendly than Mepis, which is hard to beat.
 
Old 07-20-2006, 02:45 AM   #5
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That Linux distro doesn't exist. You'll have to use Windoze eXperiment.

I forgot to remind you ... a little kiddie playing games can use Windoze,
but a kiddie would not be able to install and configure Windoze.

Last edited by Bruce Hill; 07-20-2006 at 02:56 AM.
 
Old 07-20-2006, 07:40 AM   #6
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Like Chinaman said that distro doesn't exist. If you want to use Linux, pick the distro you are the most familiar with.
 
Old 07-20-2006, 08:21 AM   #7
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Like Chinaman said that distro doesn't exist. If you want to use Linux, pick the distro you are the most familiar with.
Doesn't exist out of the box maybe, but if you don't mind taking the time to configure a distro (you actually have no real choice btw) then you can get what you want.

*Automatic gaming support - What sort of gaming? tux racer? frozen bubbles? latest FPS? you can install cedega on any system for the later, of course you need drivers for your graphics card that support 3d accel. etc. I haven't seen all of that covered out of the box in a distro, but it doesn't take long to set up.

*Eye candy - Well that's the job of the DE and WM's, which aren't distro specific, and will require personalisation after install.

*Ease of use - a kid? what age? what will they be doing? users will be dependent on the software they require, and it's design, not the distros problem. if they are admining then some distros have GUI tools for admining (although i find they add an un-needed level of complexity) .

*Automatic codec support - You mean installed out of the box? i am sure a few have it, but any distro can easily obtain required codecs.

*Eye candy filled manager - File manager? other sort of manager? this is down to the DE/WM again, independent of distro.

*Excellent package support - What you want (1 package containing everything) goes against the way linux software is created, they use libraries and depend on other software so as not to have lots of redundancy, they can use the same libs etc. The closest you will get is a package manager that will automatically install all of the dependencies.

All in all what you want is probably going to be less hassle for you to use windows XP or something, you can use things such as window blinds for your eye candy.
 
Old 07-24-2006, 12:41 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by ethics
Doesn't exist out of the box maybe, but if you don't mind taking the time to configure a distro (you actually have no real choice btw) then you can get what you want.

*Automatic gaming support - What sort of gaming? tux racer? frozen bubbles? latest FPS? you can install cedega on any system for the later, of course you need drivers for your graphics card that support 3d accel. etc. I haven't seen all of that covered out of the box in a distro, but it doesn't take long to set up.

*Eye candy - Well that's the job of the DE and WM's, which aren't distro specific, and will require personalisation after install.

*Ease of use - a kid? what age? what will they be doing? users will be dependent on the software they require, and it's design, not the distros problem. if they are admining then some distros have GUI tools for admining (although i find they add an un-needed level of complexity) .

*Automatic codec support - You mean installed out of the box? i am sure a few have it, but any distro can easily obtain required codecs.

*Eye candy filled manager - File manager? other sort of manager? this is down to the DE/WM again, independent of distro.

*Excellent package support - What you want (1 package containing everything) goes against the way linux software is created, they use libraries and depend on other software so as not to have lots of redundancy, they can use the same libs etc. The closest you will get is a package manager that will automatically install all of the dependencies.

All in all what you want is probably going to be less hassle for you to use windows XP or something, you can use things such as window blinds for your eye candy.
True, but I want to use Linux, not Windows.
 
Old 07-24-2006, 12:46 AM   #9
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I think your best option would be Ubuntu, or Kubuntu. Many people say Kubuntu is more user-friendly and has better eye-candy, along with the support and stability of Ubuntu.
 
Old 07-31-2006, 07:47 PM   #10
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I would second PCLinuxOS : Supergamer DVD, easy to use (based on the best distro - in my opinion) and has good support in the PCLinuxOS forum (moderated by Darin - supergamer is his baby)

Jase
 
Old 08-01-2006, 02:45 AM   #11
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*WHY* do you want to use Linux and not Windows if Windows seems to be just what you are looking for?
 
Old 08-02-2006, 12:36 AM   #12
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Cool yes!

Okay, I really appreciate all of your input into this, I was having a low-time using Linux, but I have tried PCLinuxOS and it has blew me away with its user-friendly-ness. Thanks for everything

 
Old 08-02-2006, 01:11 AM   #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by phantomreaper
I need a distro that has:
  • Automatic Gaming Support
  • EYE-Candy
  • Ease-of-use e.g. A kid can use it without screwing the distro
  • Automatic Codec Support (mp3s,wmas,dvds)
  • A eye-candy filled manager - yup, I love the eye-candy
  • Excellent package support - e.g One file, no dependencies all-in-one packages

Will think of more things later.....
Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake w/ Automatix installed.

Enjoy!
 
Old 08-02-2006, 01:13 AM   #14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by phantomreaper
Okay, I really appreciate all of your input into this, I was having a low-time using Linux, but I have tried PCLinuxOS and it has blew me away with its user-friendly-ness. Thanks for everything

I'm reading a lot of good things about PCLinuxOS here and there on the Net. I'm glad you found something that worked for you.

Enjoy!
 
  


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