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Old 08-14-2004, 05:02 AM   #1
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Unhappy fed up with windows, please help me move!


Ok I've completely had it with windows, and all things microsoft, what do I do now?

How do I work out which version of Linux to move to?
What else do I need to get to go alongside it to make the set up comprehensive?
 
Old 08-14-2004, 06:07 AM   #2
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Pick a few from here:

www.distrowatch.org

Decide for yourself after trying at least 3 distroes. I would suggest you try:

1) Mandrake 10 (rpm based)
2) Kanotix(LiveCD) (debian based) try a trial run on your Win box before doing a hdd install.
3) Slackware 10 (not sure what it based on , very cool nevertheless)
 
Old 08-14-2004, 07:04 AM   #3
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Old 08-14-2004, 07:21 AM   #4
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you could also read some reviews of distributions on this site.
they give a lot of info to compare different 'brands'.

egag

edit: o yeah... and first install it as a dual booting system ( at startup you have a choice between linux and windows, so in case of linux install problems, you can always reach info on the www,
probebly this site. )

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Old 08-14-2004, 09:15 AM   #5
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As far as a good first step, I would recommend Xandros as a distro to help you with the transition. It is one of the easiest installs I have seen yet, and very well set up out of box. It supports NTFS partitions (read-only) without having to recompile, so you can access your data. It also can resize a NTFS partition to allow room for it to install itself (ALWAYS back up your data before doing this just to be safe). Once you get the hang of X (in Xandros's case, KDE) and the linux console, also known as the bash shell, you can try a few different distros to find the one of your liking. I prefer Fedora myself, but have used Redhat, Debian, Slackware, SuSE, and Mandrake. Fedora is based on Redhat.
 
Old 08-14-2004, 01:42 PM   #6
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try mandrake 10 because it has this easy-to-use control center (sorta like the control panel in windows, but with much more stuff, and more configuration possibilites). Plus.. I find it gives you great control over the system, and KDE 3.2 on mandrake 10 is just awesomely sweet sauce (the eye-candy is super, and gives easy control). installation is easy, too. Fedora Core is also nice (installation is easy).
 
Old 08-15-2004, 09:55 AM   #7
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ok good so far, but i don't need to dual boot, I'm using windows/internet on a housemates pc, so I can play freely with my own pc and shove basically anything on the HD as soon as I've formatted and partitioned it.

i need something that supports a lot of music processing programs (some advice on those oculd be cool to if anyone knows any pro music techies using linux), so far debian looks the most obvious, is that suitable?

another thing is I really don't care how much it looks like windows - in fact, the less resemblance it has the less nightmares i'll likely have remembering how much time i've spent tryingto fix problems on windows
 
Old 08-15-2004, 10:39 AM   #8
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I haven't found any good music software for Linux yet... Give it time. I use Cakewalk Sonar myself... and until something on that level comes out, I'm stuck with Windoze.

As far as desktops, they all look the same really... Mirrored after the original Macintosh desktop in one way or another. But there's enough difference to keep you happy... Especially once you start using the multiple desktop option.

As far as not needing to dual-boot: Cool! That makes installation that much easier.
 
Old 08-15-2004, 10:49 AM   #9
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really? I'm sure I read about a number of initiatives, but maybe those articles were newer than I anticipated (I should really check the dates on stuff)

have u tried audacity?? it looks really sound, and supports vst which is handy
i saw some others listed on linuxsound.jp that claimed to support protools, which would suggest they had pretty reasonable capabilities, again in this area there seems to be a lot of choice, though i'm sure a lot of it sucks
 
Old 08-15-2004, 11:11 AM   #10
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I'll look in to that. Thanks.
 
Old 08-21-2004, 01:06 PM   #11
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try agnula

it has rehmudi and demudi versions (rehat and debian)
i haven't tried them myself, but i've heard they are excellent
 
  


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