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Old 05-04-2012, 01:42 AM   #1
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Which distro has the most applications pre-installed?


Hi,

I wanna avoid wasting time looking for softwares, so I'm looking for a distro which already has most softwares pre-installed. I'd prefer it to be Ubuntu-based.

Thanks.
 
Old 05-04-2012, 02:20 AM   #2
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Although not my cup of tea, Ultimate Edition is an Ubuntu fork with lots of extra stuff preinstalled.

I'd recommend to pick a distribution with big repositories, like Ubuntu, Mint, OpenSuse etc. and have a look at Dedoimedo's article for some quality Linux applications. After that it's pretty easy to install whatever you want via the distro's software manager.
 
Old 05-04-2012, 02:39 AM   #3
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Thanks a lot. I already have Linux Mint 12 installed on my laptop. I'll try this on my brother's desktop as I'd like him to learn Linux too.
 
Old 05-04-2012, 09:26 AM   #4
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Mandriva/Mageia comes with quite a bit including some Decent games.
 
Old 05-05-2012, 08:54 AM   #5
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Hi,

I wanna avoid wasting time looking for softwares
Looking for software? how have you been installing software on Gnu/Linux? have you been using the repositories? Or have you been installing with dpkg (i'm assuming your previous/current distro is of Ubuntu origin)
 
Old 05-06-2012, 10:23 PM   #6
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I'm using its own software manager. If it comes pre-installed with lots of apps, it's likely that the softwares are enough for my use, so I won't have to search for them, which is quite a pain not knowing the names of those apps. And if I somehow have to reinstall the OS, I won't have to download all the apps again.
 
Old 05-07-2012, 04:49 AM   #7
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Hi, so your issue really is you don't know the name of softwares you like? As a suggestion, maybe try Mepis. Or if you really like Ubuntu you can make a system image of your current system that way if you somehow have to reinstall the OS, you don't hae to and you can just revert back to the state of the image.
 
Old 05-07-2012, 05:11 AM   #8
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Does Windows bootable backup software like Acronis also work on Linux? Or must I use a specific software designed for linux in order to make the backup image? I played with SimplyMepis for a while quite some time ago, so maybe I'll try it if I got enough free time.
 
Old 05-07-2012, 01:45 PM   #9
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Hi,

I wanna avoid wasting time looking for softwares, so I'm looking for a distro which already has most softwares pre-installed....

I'm using its own software manager. If it comes pre-installed with lots of apps, it's likely that the softwares are enough for my use, so I won't have to search for them, which is quite a pain not knowing the names of those apps. And if I somehow have to reinstall the OS, I won't have to download all the apps again.
I'm sorry, but as it stands, the original question isn't really very meaningful. Any linux distro for 'consumer' use is likely to come in various versions, some with more apps than others, all are likely to have a software manager of some kind that makes it trivial to find apps and all that I can think of allow you to make some kind of local cache of apps that you have downloaded (although the exact details could vary wildly from one distro to another).

Roughly, anything that comes on a reasonably fully packed DVD is likely to have quite a few apps, and anything that comes on 'just' a CD, is likely to be a bit 'bare', just due to space constraints.

So there is no point in saying, eg, 'Debian is Good, but Ubuntu is Bad (or vice versa)', because Ubuntu on a CD may be bad compared with Debian on a DVD (in this respect), but the answer is to get the DVD.

In any case, finding 'the Linux program that does X' isn't time consuming: you go into the program that installs apps, do a search on a strategically-chosen word or two, click the relevant boxes, and it (or they) install(s). Simples (except for people with 56k modems)! Of course, you have to be able to think that maybe when you were looking for a Word Processor, maybe you should also look for DTP programs or Editors (or any other synonyms or similars that you can think of), but that shouldn't detain you too long.

For most Linux variants, you'll get the choice at install time to decide which programs you want to install; admittedly, some will be more granular (more control, but more things to specify) than others, but that shouldn't be a big problem, unless you install frequently.
 
Old 05-07-2012, 04:56 PM   #10
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Does Windows bootable backup software like Acronis also work on Linux? Or must I use a specific software designed for linux in order to make the backup image? I played with SimplyMepis for a while quite some time ago, so maybe I'll try it if I got enough free time.
I have never used acronis, (even windows has a good native tool to make backups), so I can't comment on that. on gnu/Linux I use the dd command. it really is a great tool, a simple matter of
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dd if=/dev/sda of=/path/to/external/media/backup_date.img
this will backup the entire hard drive, but you can use it to backup only one partition if you like by adjusting the if= path appropriately. you have to be carful with the dd command though, one typo and you can destroy all your data.
 
Old 05-07-2012, 05:08 PM   #11
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While dd is fine for backup it can be painfully slow, especially on bigger harddisks, so for backup I would recommend Clonezilla, fast and easy.
 
  


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