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Old 10-26-2010, 02:36 PM   #1
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i need a good distribution


hi there. my last linux was suse 7.3 and i want to get back into it. my internet connection is wireless broadband wpa secured, and mobile broadband from 3ireland. i've tried a few distros but i'm disapointed by the ones i tried.
with ubuntu everything works fine on desktops and laptop, but any modification is next to impossible for me. even changing the bootorder in grub.
with suse NOTHING works after installation. no internet, no information.
for freespire i have not found any computer that does not freeze, even during installation.
and mandriva does not allow a root login, and no internet connection.

i have not so much time to spend for learning and it's really frustrating if nothing works. hope someone can help.
 
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:39 PM   #2
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with ubuntu everything works fine on desktops and laptop, but any modification is next to impossible for me. even changing the bootorder in grub.
If ubuntu works, stay with ubuntu.
However, you need to put some effort and time in linux.

Kind regards
 
Old 10-26-2010, 02:47 PM   #3
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I recommend you try and experiment with different versions of Linux. Each is very unique in their own way. I highly recommend you try Debian or Arch Linux on your machine. Both work amazingly well even in a virtual environment if you would like to test the waters.

-Carlos
 
Old 10-26-2010, 02:48 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by dieter v View Post
hi there. my last linux was suse 7.3 and i want to get back into it. my internet connection is wireless broadband wpa secured, and mobile broadband from 3ireland. i've tried a few distros but i'm disapointed by the ones i tried.
with ubuntu everything works fine on desktops and laptop, but any modification is next to impossible for me. even changing the bootorder in grub.
with suse NOTHING works after installation. no internet, no information.
for freespire i have not found any computer that does not freeze, even during installation.
and mandriva does not allow a root login, and no internet connection.

i have not so much time to spend for learning and it's really frustrating if nothing works. hope someone can help.
Is there a specific question in there? somewhere?
jdk
 
Old 10-26-2010, 04:21 PM   #5
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I agree with repo Ubuntu is probably the best supported distro you are going to find. Unless you have a friend that is willing to give you support with their favorite distro you are much more likely to find help with Ubuntu but there is no magic bullet it is going to take some effort with any operating system, proprietary or free.
 
Old 10-26-2010, 06:00 PM   #6
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If you have very new hardware ( high end by last year standards )
that has or had Windows 7 on it
with specs like a i5 cpu and 6 to 8 gig ram ( normal for win7 )

install OpenSUSE 11.3
It is a bit bloated - the kitchen sink is included --

or seeing as you are still a bit new
Mint Linux or Ubuntu

the general trend in the "new user" freindly distros is to make it near imposable to login as root

suse you can - BUT - use at that option at your own risk
 
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:24 PM   #7
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I've tried 27 distros over the last decade, and the ones that "just worked" were Debian, Dreamlinux, Fedora, Mint, PCLinuxOS, Puppy, Sabayon, and Ubuntu. Take your pick!

If "everything works fine" in Ubuntu, why don't you stick with it? If you can't work out how to modify something, ask us!
 
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:44 PM   #8
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I don't understand and or missed what the O.P. is really looking to get from his/her post.
 
Old 10-26-2010, 10:54 PM   #9
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please use mandriva 2010.1 it is really good
 
Old 10-26-2010, 11:42 PM   #10
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Try out Linux Mint 9 Fluxbox : http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=1523
 
Old 10-26-2010, 11:46 PM   #11
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mandriva 2010.1 KDE

very cool distro like windows vista

i love it very much
so cool

believe me
 
Old 10-26-2010, 11:50 PM   #12
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try this one

so good

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Old 10-27-2010, 05:30 AM   #13
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To dieter v,
Since you have wet your feet in Linux waters before with OpenSUSE,you must have spent "some time" learning to use it!You have expressed a desire to go back to it. Usually any distro will try and make life easier for the user with every new release. If you are losing connectivity with openSUSE loaded,the problem has to be the way the wifi is configured by you. You must check it out and set it right, "because every prob. comes with a solution"(UG Krishnamurti's quote)OR Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop or the Netbook versions are simply "awesome" in user-friendliness,though i opted for the Lucid Lynx(10.04)released on the 29th of April this year. As the "GURU" said Linux is simply not for the lazy! Please don't get me wrong when i say that dummies feel comfy with Windows and Vice-Versa! Hey, this is the 11th post and are you listening? Best wishes!:
regards,
vyver.
 
Old 10-27-2010, 11:57 AM   #14
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I would suggest using whatever works on your computer the best (having the least problems). Debian and it's offshoots seems to work best on most computers.
 
Old 10-27-2010, 12:03 PM   #15
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Quote:
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(...) even changing the bootorder in grub. (...)
The recent change, in Ubuntu, from grub to grub2 (see https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2), is very misleading for some users - but there's a GUI tool to do that: startupmanager (this package is in Ubuntu repos, and nearly all distros provide it). To install it (in Ubuntu):
Code:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install startupmanager
Or use Synaptic (or Ubuntu Software Centre)

Last edited by fbobraga; 10-27-2010 at 12:09 PM.
 
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