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Old 05-12-2009, 10:15 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone


Right now , i don't have Linux on my computer. I am going to , but don't know how really. I am torn between Ubuntu and Mepis. I heard that Mepis was more stabe that it recognized all the hardware. So please help me decide.
 
Old 05-12-2009, 11:35 PM   #2
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Hi Again Everyone. Were are the welcomes on here. Poor first impressions
 
Old 05-12-2009, 11:46 PM   #3
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Hi Again Everyone. Were are the welcomes on here. Poor first impressions
Hi Jill,
We were all sleeping. The world has different time zones. Anyway, welcome. I'd suggest you try one of the many live cd's that you can find for each distro. Googling should tell you where to get them all or look them up here:
http://distrowatch.com/
and of course:
WELCOME!!!!!!!!!!!
cheers,
jdk
 
Old 05-12-2009, 11:51 PM   #4
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Right now , i don't have Linux on my computer. I am going to , but don't know how really. I am torn between Ubuntu and Mepis. I heard that Mepis was more stabe that it recognized all the hardware. So please help me decide.
Welcome to the world of Linux. I can not help you with those two choices. I have used many distros since 1993 but have not used either of those. I have friends that run Ubuntu and have had some days without sound (results of an upgrade) the they fixed the next day. This is not unique to Ubuntu (or even Linux).

Are you planning to use a software virtual machine (such as vmware's vmplayer or Sun's VirtualBox) or going straight to dual or single booting?
Both of these virtual machines can be run under Windows, Max OS X, or Linux ny downloading the correct executable. Note that vmplayer can not create new machines, but there are lots of free images availiable and they can be replaced via an install. Linux Journal (June 2009) will have an article (Cooking with Linux) on using these (but he only talks about running on Linux to have a virtual server).
 
Old 05-13-2009, 12:17 AM   #5
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Well thank you so much. That is right , we are in different time zones , so that makes someone here most of the time doesn't it ? So everybody's not sleeping at one time lol.

Anyway , it is good to be here. looks like a great forum. But you know what , it is the people who make a forum great.

I do want Linux but am having a time deciding between Mepis , Simply Mepis , or the popular well supported Ubuntu.

I have a 64Bit Computer. In fact it is Vista Home Preium 64 Bit. So I will need an Os that is 64 Bit. Can you all help me decide ?
 
Old 05-13-2009, 12:20 AM   #6
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Right now , i don't have Linux on my computer. I am going to , but don't know how really. I am torn between Ubuntu and Mepis. I heard that Mepis was more stabe that it recognized all the hardware. So please help me decide.
Hello and Welcome to LQ.

If you could give us the kind of hardware you have on which you want to put linux then you could get more precise answers.
I would definitely say that Ubuntu is a good choice and that the newer Jaunty is good in recognizing hardware. Just yesterday I checked it on Toshiba laptop and it took all the hardware right away including the Atheros wireless card and connected to the wireless network seamlessly and worked better and faster than the installed vista.
There is a live Cd for Ubuntu Jaunty so there is no need to install it straight away. Check it first and if you feel that the hardware support for yours is good then install it or else you can try other distributions too. I would also recommend you to look into Dream Linux 3.5 desktop edition. It is also a debian derivative and quite stable and good at hardware support and is light on resources.
 
Old 05-13-2009, 12:21 AM   #7
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[Quote "Are you planning to use a software virtual machine (such as vmware's vmplayer or Sun's VirtualBox) or going straight to dual or single booting?
Both of these virtual machines can be run under Windows, Max OS X, or Linux ny downloading the correct executable. Note that vmplayer can not create new machines, but there are lots of free images availiable and they can be replaced via an install. Linux Journal (June 2009) will have an article (Cooking with Linux) on using these (but he only talks about running on Linux to have a virtual server)." ] end of quote


Well you just gave me an idea. maybe I should do the virtual machine thing first. Anyway , I really don't know how to partition my hard drive and do a dual boot. I would probably need to take my computer to someone who could install it for me.
 
Old 05-13-2009, 12:23 AM   #8
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Well thank you so much. That is right , we are in different time zones , so that makes someone here most of the time doesn't it ? So everybody's not sleeping at one time lol.

Anyway , it is good to be here. looks like a great forum. But you know what , it is the people who make a forum great.

I do want Linux but am having a time deciding between Mepis , Simply Mepis , or the popular well supported Ubuntu.

I have a 64Bit Computer. In fact it is Vista Home Preium 64 Bit. So I will need an Os that is 64 Bit. Can you all help me decide ?


Well , i would say Ubuntu , it has a bigger community and consist of alot Programs that would find interesting, more user friendly

Me personally , i like Fedora.

Regards,

MaaS
 
Old 05-13-2009, 12:23 AM   #9
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The first place to look for help would then be your Local Linux Users Group. They would definitely help you happily and wont charge you anything. The help is absolutely free there as is here at LQ.
 
Old 05-13-2009, 12:24 AM   #10
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Hello and Welcome to LQ.

If you could give us the kind of hardware you have on which you want to put linux then you could get more precise answers.
I would definitely say that Ubuntu is a good choice and that the newer Jaunty is good in recognizing hardware. Just yesterday I checked it on Toshiba laptop and it took all the hardware right away including the Atheros wireless card and connected to the wireless network seamlessly and worked better and faster than the installed vista.
There is a live Cd for Ubuntu Jaunty so there is no need to install it straight away. Check it first and if you feel that the hardware support for yours is good then install it or else you can try other distributions too. I would also recommend you to look into Dream Linux 3.5 desktop edition. It is also a debian derivative and quite stable and good at hardware support and is light on resources.




I am a computer dummie. So please tell me what you mean by hardware ? I have what all computers have in hardware I suppose. I would have to look in the Device Manager to know what I have.
 
Old 05-13-2009, 12:24 AM   #11
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Hi Again Everyone. Were are the welcomes on here. Poor first impressions
Time zones, better things to do, real life... People around are voluntaries, they might not have the time to answer to welcome the same minute you post. It's considered impolite to bump your own thread just after an hour of having posted it. So please, be patient when asking questions. After all it's you the one who's asking for a favor.

Being that said, welcome to LQ

As for your question, I am not familiar with either of them, though I know that they share lots of things in common. Mepis seems the way to go for those ubuntu users that like kde better than gnome (it's the widespread opinion that kubuntu is not in very good shape).

You can always download a livecd for each one and give them a try so you can get a taste. Or you could install both alongside, each one into a different partition, and decide which one to start at boot time.

When it comes to distributions, ultimately, you have to decide for yourself because each one has his/her own tastes and needs. And for some reason, one distro might work better than other with your concrete hardware configuration out of the box (though all of them can potentially support the same hardware, since at the end of the day they are all Linux). That's something that no one can tell you beforehand.


I wish you luck on your new adventure, and, again, welcome.
 
Old 05-13-2009, 12:26 AM   #12
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The first place to look for help would then be your Local Linux Users Group. They would definitely help you happily and wont charge you anything. The help is absolutely free there as is here at LQ.


Where do I find this Local Linux Group. Is there a link ?
 
Old 05-13-2009, 12:33 AM   #13
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Where do I find this Local Linux Group. Is there a link ?
You can find a link to it on google. Just google for LUG + your city name and you will definitely find something useful. And if you are unable to find it then tell us where do you live and someone here can help you out.

About your hardware, do not look anywhere else. Just in device manager and that will give all the information. But the best way is to try out Live Ubuntu cd. A live cd is something from which you can boot your system and use Ubuntu without any changes to your system unless you choose to install it. So just try it.
 
Old 05-13-2009, 02:12 AM   #14
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Hardware 64 Bit HP
2 quad core Intel Processors Q6700 2.66 HZ each
NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT
DVD/CD ROM Drives
Microsoft Wireless keyboard & Mouse
HP w2207 Wide Monitor
C Drive 500 Hard Drive
D Drive Back Up Imaging
E Drive 500 Hard Drive
F Drive DVD RW
G Drive Removable
H Drive Removable
I Drive Removable
J Drive Removable

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Old 05-13-2009, 02:24 AM   #15
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Hi Again Everyone. Were are the welcomes on here. Poor first impressions
Indeed ... bouncing a post within 2 hours and complaining
that there's no response leaves a stale taste within pretty
much any forum. Welcome to LQ, none the less. We're very
forgiving here.

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