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Old 12-30-2013, 07:58 AM   #16
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I suggest Linux Mint for you, because a lot of things work out of the box, so you don't have to configure too much things after installation. Its comes with a media player, image viewer, libreoffice, proprietary codecs and a lot of other stuff that you have to install and configure in a less user-friendly distro.
 
Old 12-30-2013, 10:07 AM   #17
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I was introduced to Linux on Mint 9. I used it for like 3 months before I got tired of the crashes and bugs and went back to Windows. After about a year, I tried Fedora and fell in love with Linux. I used Fedora all the way until Fedora 18 then I switched to Debian 7 for more stability and I think I've found a home. I love this operating system. who knows, as I learn more Linux command line and become more familiar with Linux as a whole, I might try Slackware but for now I am happy with Debian. I use CentOS at work and like it very much as well. It is very stable and not too hard to use once you learn some Linux command line basics like adding repos, using VI editor, installing packages, and keeping up to date with security.
 
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Old 12-30-2013, 04:09 PM   #18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Arjun View Post
I am thinking to switch to ubuntu as well, since it provides many useful softwares builtin. Yes may be dual boot for some time is better option.
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After reading your about CentOS latest version, i have tried it through my USB, its GUI is quite good than Ubuntu. Everything is placed in proper place & easily accessible. But, yes there are dependencies like flash player for video streaming which is not present in ubuntu. Cannot play video on browser.
I think you will like Ubuntu. I do not suggest using CentOS as a beginner. Even as an experience user, CentOS often leaves a user of desiring more. It didn't even make the Desktop of the Year nominees in the Members choice awards this year here at LQ.
Remember Linux is all about choice, and you can use any desktop environment in any distro you want. Ubuntu uses the Unity desktop environment. CentOS uses the Gnome2 desktop environment by default. Gnome2 is no longer maintained and no longer supported by most distros; CentOS is one of the very few. Gnome3 is vastly different to Gnome2 and many users were not happy with the change, and so Gnome2 got forked and development has continued by different devs under a different name. It is now know as Mate.
If you liked how CentOS worked, than i'd suggest installing Linux Mint, Mate addition instead of Ubuntu. Linux Mint is Ubuntu with a few tweaks.
That makes Linux Mint sound insignificant, but they do some cool stuff. Linux Mint was the first distro to officially support Mate. They also made the Cinnamon desktop environment, and Cinnamon is pretty damn cool in my opinion. They have a unique menu as well, which in my opinion and many other peoples is the best menu, (I am jealous there is not a kde equivalent).

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So, softwares similar to windows for linux are the better option.
Yes, you want to go with a native Linux program before runnning a Windows program. Libre Office is a fantastic replacement for Microsoft Office. Every desktop environment comes with a native text editor, and i suggest using which ever one comes with your desktop environment to replace Microsoft Notepad.

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Commands are different as well since I have also tried to install vlc player in it with this command

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dpkg -i ./*.deb
Overall, the commands will generally be the same. That command didn't work because 'dpkg' is a Debian package manager. Debian and distors based off Debian (including Ubuntu) will use dpkg and apt.
CentOS is not based off Debian, CentOS is based off Redhat Enterprise Linux. Redhat uses the 'rpm' package manager. Instead of using dpkg, one would use rpm; and instead of using 'apt' (Debian's more commonly used package managing tool) one would use 'yum' (Redhats/CentOS's/Fedora's, more common package managing tool). Debians packages end with '.deb', Redhat's packages end with '.rpm'. One could loosely say that these are Linux equivalents to a Windows '.exe' file.
I do not suggest googling apt vs yum or anything similar in reference to these package managers versing it out, because they are both capable and very good package managers. The information google will bring up is likely obsolete and not worth too much. I mention this because people are STILL making judgements based off old information that is no longer relevant; instead of doing the sensible thing and actually trying them, them selves.

Last edited by Knightron; 12-30-2013 at 04:20 PM. Reason: Fixed quote tag
 
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:47 AM   #19
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Thanks to helpers

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I suggest Linux Mint for you, because a lot of things work out of the box, so you don't have to configure too much things after installation. Its comes with a media player, image viewer, libreoffice, proprietary codecs and a lot of other stuff that you have to install and configure in a less user-friendly distro.
Thanks for reply. I have just tried Linux Mint through my USB. Of course as you said, it comes with most of the useful built in softwares, for which we dont have to go anywhere else but i found many problems in it too. First thing i found is it is too much slow. When i opens any application, it takes much time to open an application. It also got hanged many times. As many users have mentioned, it is not stable.

Thanks @erik2282 for reply. As you said, i tried Linux mint. I too find it full of bugs & made my system hang many times. I would like to try debian, but it dont works with live USB. I will have to install it on my hard disk.

Thanks @Knightron for reply. As in these days, i have tried all the 3 Linux distros i.e. Ubuntu, CentOS, Linux mint through my live USB. In all those distros, i found CentOS is much stable. Ubuntu & linux Mint got hanged many times, Mint got hanged even much more time than Ubuntu. CentOS doesnt got hanged even a single time. I like the GUI of CentOS rather than Mint & Ubuntu. The problem with CentOS is that, it dont comes with pre-installed softwares like libre office, flash player, media player, etc.

I have tried to installed vlc through this method.
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...n-linux-34911/

This method i got through a member of this forum. I have already had the vlc files & i just ran the this command.
Code:
dpkg -i ./*.deb
You mean i have to download vlc files with .rpm package?
 
Old 12-31-2013, 06:46 AM   #20
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Since you're comfortable with CentOS, Stella might be a distro worth looking into since it's based on CentOS. Stella includes proprietary codecs, VLC, LibreOffice, etc. so it'll save you time in hunting down the typical software found in beginner-friendly distros like Mint.

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Stella is a CentOS-based Linux distribution with focus on user-friendly desktop computing with GNOME 2 and out-of-the-box support for many popular multimedia formats. Besides standard upstream software, the project also maintains its own repository containing LibreOffice and a variety of useful desktop applications.

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=stella
The developer includes his own repository with this distro that carries VLC among other programs. You can view the list of programs available in this repo here: ---> http://li.nux.ro/download/nux/dextop/el6/SRPMS/
 
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:02 AM   #21
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That guide is a very round about way to install VLC, it'd be much easier to just run,
Code:
sudo apt-get install vlc
Either way those guides (and the command above) are designed for distributions that use Debians package manager.

Like i said, CentOS uses a different package manager, you're going to have to add a new repository and then do 'sudo yum install vlc'.

One of the most important things you need to learn if you intend on using Gnu/Linux is the following: 'Google is your friend'. What that means is you should search your question in a search engine before asking a question; and i really can't emphasis that enough.

I seriously advise against using CentOS. You are going to have a steep learning curve.
If you insist then you'd do well to read the documentation on their website.
Here's a link to the wiki, covering repositories, to get you started.
http://wiki.centos.org/AdditionalResources/Repositories

If you read that and use a search engine you will can work out how to install VLC quite easy.
If you try this and still can't install VLC, then that's a sign to use a different distro at the moment.

Good luck.
 
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:42 AM   #22
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Since you're comfortable with CentOS, Stella might be a distro worth looking into since it's based on CentOS. Stella includes proprietary codecs, VLC, LibreOffice, etc. so it'll save you time in hunting down the typical software found in beginner-friendly distros like Mint.



The developer includes his own repository with this distro that carries VLC among other programs. You can view the list of programs available in this repo here: ---> http://li.nux.ro/download/nux/dextop/el6/SRPMS/
Thanks @MCMLXXIII for reply. Yes, in case of stability & GUI, i like CentOS over Ubuntu & Linux Mint. But the problem was of softwares & dependencies.

Now, as you suggest me, i will try Stella as well if it is stable, although never heard about this distro. I dont want to have problems like crashing, unstability,dependencies,etc as with windows. So, thank you very much for your response.

Thanks again @Knightron for reply. As i already mentioned, this command
Code:
sudo apt-get install vlc
didnt worked(may be of repository problem), i tried
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...n-linux-34911/
this method.
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Like i said, CentOS uses a different package manager, you're going to have to add a new repository and then do 'sudo yum install vlc'.
But thanks for the information. Sorry if i bother you, but members here are very well experienced with Linux. So, i thought to get the proper distro for myself which fulfil my needs as a beginner.
 
Old 12-31-2013, 07:41 PM   #23
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You are not troubling me, i was trying to teach you how to find answers.
The thing with Gnu/Linux is if you have an issue, 90% of the time someone else has already had the same issue and worked it out. If you do a search, not only do you prevent other users repeating them selves, but you can usually also find the answers quicker.
 
Old 01-01-2014, 03:30 AM   #24
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Ok

Thanks for your suggestion & for your time.
 
Old 01-01-2014, 09:41 AM   #25
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I just tried Stella on USB. Very nice OS. Better than Ubuntu & Linux Mint in terms of stability & full of inbuilt softwares. What you say friends ?
 
Old 01-02-2014, 05:14 AM   #26
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Never heard about that one. However if are fine with it then carry on. No matter whatever Distro you try, Linux is all about configuring your system to fulfill your own need. I would suggest you to work around for a while and then learn things common to whole of Linux (like utility tools to configure and installing software from the source). This will give you a grip about Linux rather than things specific to a distribution.

Good Luck!!!!!!
 
Old 01-02-2014, 06:42 AM   #27
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I too have never heard before about this distro Stella. A user named @MCMLXXIII suggested me about this distro. I tried it. It runs very softly & smoothly without any crash or hang which i got problem with Ubuntu & Linux Mint. So, i like this one.

So, right now continuing with this one. Any other suggesstions are welcomed.

Thanks
 
  


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