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Old 04-15-2008, 08:54 PM   #1
linkmaster03
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Best distro for Linux newbie?


I would like to get a Linux distro installed on my computer to dualboot with Vista. Because, Vista sucks hard. These are a few wants:

Video editing (if possible)

Can be on Live CD or not
Works good with this processor: http://processorfinder.intel.com/det...px?sSpec=SL9VY

Ability to install Flash + Java

Common and supported among the Linux community, for help etc.


I am good with computers generally, I've been playing around with the Linux terminal on my Nintendo DS rofl. Can you guys recommend a good distro for me?
 
Old 04-15-2008, 08:58 PM   #2
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I would like to get a Linux distro installed on my computer to dualboot with Vista. Because, Vista sucks hard. These are a few wants:

Video editing (if possible)

Can be on Live CD or not
Works good with this processor: http://processorfinder.intel.com/det...px?sSpec=SL9VY

Ability to install Flash + Java

Common and supported among the Linux community, for help etc.


I am good with computers generally, I've been playing around with the Linux terminal on my Nintendo DS rofl. Can you guys recommend a good distro for me?
Try Ubuntu.
http://www.ubuntu.com
 
Old 04-15-2008, 09:10 PM   #3
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I would like to get a Linux distro installed on my computer to dualboot with Vista. Because, Vista sucks hard. These are a few wants:

Video editing (if possible)

Can be on Live CD or not
Works good with this processor: http://processorfinder.intel.com/det...px?sSpec=SL9VY

Ability to install Flash + Java

Common and supported among the Linux community, for help etc.


I am good with computers generally, I've been playing around with the Linux terminal on my Nintendo DS rofl. Can you guys recommend a good distro for me?
I'd recommend Kubuntu. Truthfully, all distros have the capabilities you're requesting, but Kubuntu will be the easiest to learn for a newbie.

Cheers
 
Old 04-15-2008, 09:15 PM   #4
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Yup I'm a linux newbie myself and I have been enjoying Ubuntu Like crazy. Current Version is Ubuntu Linux Gusty 7.10 less than a week the new version of Ubuntu will be out Hardy.
 
Old 04-15-2008, 09:51 PM   #5
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I would go with Linux Mint. Its basically Ubuntu with all the media codecs, flash and Java already installed so you don't have to do anything extra to get up and running. Always keep in mind Ubuntu (and ubuntu derivatives) has the most newbie-friendly 'community' so finding answers is always pretty easy. Most solutions you google will point back to an Ubuntu forum the majority of the time. I have it installed with Vista dual-booted on my dell 1420.
 
Old 04-15-2008, 10:08 PM   #6
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As a Debian user, I believe that there is no best "distro" to speak of. Many people have different needs, preferences and hardware - so Linux is about choices.

To answer your question though, I believe that you should "start out" with something and see if it works. If you find them unsatisfactory then you can move on to something else.

For a quick answer (not the best one though), you might want to get go over a distro chooser:

http://polishlinux.org/choose/quiz/

http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/

Linux is about making informed choices as you grow in your Linux journey you will find that one might work for you and another might not.

The key my friend is determination and resilience. Do not be discouraged if you can't play your DVD or whatever, someone out there has encountered the same problem and probably posted it in his blog or here in Linuxquestions. Remember Google is your friend.

Keep a log of the things that you learn. Always remember to read the manual!
 
Old 04-15-2008, 11:31 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone! I read all your posts at about 10:00, then drifted off reading many things about Ubuntu. (11:30 now) Sounds like the one for me! ^_^
 
Old 04-16-2008, 12:02 AM   #8
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Good choice, I started out the same with Ubuntu. It's a great distro and has excellent support. Have fun
 
Old 04-16-2008, 04:00 AM   #9
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Re. best distro

As a newbie myself, I suggest trying as many as possible and then make the decision. I like Ubuntu, but also Damn Small, Mandriva,Fedora, KNOPPIX and openSUSE. With the live DVD's it's so easy to try one for a day or two and then try another. I recommend Linux Bible 2008 which includes live CD and DVD for several distro's...a great value!
 
Old 04-16-2008, 06:21 AM   #10
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I would go with Linux Mint. Its basically Ubuntu with all the media codecs, flash and Java already installed so you don't have to do anything extra to get up and running. Always keep in mind Ubuntu (and ubuntu derivatives) has the most newbie-friendly 'community' so finding answers is always pretty easy. Most solutions you google will point back to an Ubuntu forum the majority of the time. I have it installed with Vista dual-booted on my dell 1420.
it looks like the site is down. Do you know if Linux Mint has a Live CD?
Also can Linux Mint run Compiz-Fuzion?
 
Old 04-16-2008, 10:04 AM   #11
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Yeah, I noticed it was down after I made the post but its back up now.
To answer your question, YES, its got a LiveCD. One for the main release which is gnome and some other 1-man derivaties for KDE and XFCE.
Regarding Compiz-fusion, its enabled by default if your card can handle it. It has some tasteful defaults for the compiz stuff. For real fine tuned settings, there is a package called compiz-settings-manager or something like that and you can make ridiculously detailed settings.
 
Old 04-16-2008, 05:41 PM   #12
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*Putting on flame proof suit*
Ubuntu or not is also a question of how technical you want to go.
Yes it is good as a distro for people who don't care much about
computers and want to escape windows but out of the box it
lacks basic features like a C++ compiler and make program and it
looks you out of root access. Yes they can be remedied but if you
intend on becoming a serious Linux user I would suggest Fedora
something with a bit more grunt.

PC BSD is good to. It's also open source and follows the same basic
OS design and has most of the same software.
 
Old 04-16-2008, 07:03 PM   #13
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If you can install ubuntu/kubuntu, do that first. You can easily install what you want afterward using synaptic (18,000+ packages available). You can enable a root account if you want. If you click on a media file that is not enabled by default, you are actually informed how to easily point/click to install the necessary packages/codecs. Ubuntu, owing to its debian base, is an install once, upgrade over the net forever after distribution. Most other distributions require a CD to upgrade, and you are recommended to not try and use their package managers to do the upgrade, as is the case with Fedora.

Try out fedora if you want to afterward. It is the rung on the ladder ascending (descending?) to Linux From Scratch *grin*
 
Old 04-16-2008, 08:15 PM   #14
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*Putting on flame proof suit*
Ubuntu or not is also a question of how technical you want to go.
Yes it is good as a distro for people who don't care much about
computers and want to escape windows but out of the box it
lacks basic features like a C++ compiler and make program and it
looks you out of root access. Yes they can be remedied but if you
intend on becoming a serious Linux user I would suggest Fedora
something with a bit more grunt.

PC BSD is good to. It's also open source and follows the same basic
OS design and has most of the same software.
Yeah I just want to get a good feel for Linux at first, no programming yet. :P
 
Old 04-16-2008, 08:32 PM   #15
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Yeah I just want to get a good feel for Linux at first, no programming yet. :P
Installing some programs and drivers requires you to compile them from source, having everything needed for a build environment is a good idea.
 
  


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