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Old 03-31-2006, 10:14 PM   #1
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Is there a linux distro that ...


I want a linux distro that I can be most lazy in programming, and installing the distro. What distro comes close to the following things I need

Programming purposes
Java, When I upgraded slackware the java stuff (for compiling) went away. Iam willing to learn a new language as long as it can do GUI, file IO, and I can make a nice package that will work on windows, linux, and mac.

comes with OpenOffice, firefox, mplayer libraries and codecs, also library for firefox to use mplayer view videos (and its setup as much as posible)

KDE with its various programs like kwrite (I don't need all of them but if it has KDE probably it will have many other KDE applications)

amsn. I dont really care about this since amsn is easy to setup.

any preinstalled math programs would be great (Like graphing calculators)

I like slackware. I was playing around with settings(learning new things etc.) and it won't start up, so I backed everything I need up and ready to try a new distro. Thats why I want it to alow me to be lazy to install and have stuff like that already installed, because I play with settings and many times I playwith some settings that I learn what they do, through trial and error and its not what I need and then I have to reinstall because I don't know how to fix it.

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Old 03-31-2006, 11:20 PM   #2
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Slackware

I don't think the problem was Slackware, I think it was Java. The number of threads I've read is incredible griping about Java and the various flavors of Java, Sun Java, J2REE, lack of backwards compatibility, etc., etc., etc.

Maybe Slackware was never the problem and you've already made the most important first step toward solving it - learn another language. C, C++, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, ......
 
Old 04-01-2006, 02:17 AM   #3
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Also, don't reinstall every time you can't figure something out. Try asking or searching on the forums, and also googleing - that's what their for.
 
Old 04-01-2006, 02:49 AM   #4
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And if you want it install the java development kit from Slackware's extra folder: http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/slackwa...re-10.2/extra/
 
Old 04-01-2006, 09:10 AM   #5
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Also, don't reinstall every time you can't figure something out. Try asking or searching on the forums, and also googleing - that's what their for.
Fixing it takes time, I do try to fix it and ask help, but if it takes to long I simply can't wait because I have projects to do, so its "faster" to reinstall and do the project I have to do.

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And if you want it install the java development kit from Slackware's extra folder: http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/slackwa...re-10.2/extra/
I curently have slackware 10.1, will it be safe to install the 10.2 java package?
 
Old 04-01-2006, 09:17 AM   #6
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Errm, it depends highly on your kernel. If the version is higher than 2.4.23 (Was it? Been some time since I last saw the kernel version in 10.2...) then go ahead...
 
Old 04-01-2006, 08:57 PM   #7
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Thank you all!

Well I reinstalled slackware and started seting it up again. When I'm done I want to make some sort of package, that if something goes wrong and I don't have time to fix it I can just "run" the package and everything will go back like I reinstalled linux and set everything up again.

Also when the package is being "run" maby copying everything, I don't know how its going to work, I would like to leave it alone and not be bothered with questions. Or atleast in the begining and thats it.

Thank you!
 
Old 04-01-2006, 09:23 PM   #8
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Fixing it takes time, I do try to fix it and ask help, but if it takes to long I simply can't wait because I have projects to do, so its "faster" to reinstall and do the project I have to do.
Probably true. But if fixing something takes less than a minute, and it takes 10 minutes for figuring it out, every time you have the problem will take 1 minute. Reinstalling takes half an hour.
 
Old 04-02-2006, 01:00 AM   #9
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10min to fiqure out and 1min to fix! Thats not alway's the case, and it also depends how well the person knows about Linux. I don't know much about Linux.

Now I'm just thinking about setting up(or get a closely set up distro to use linux for) Linux to program/create documents, surf the net, basic intertainment because I view video presentations. Last time I setup linux to do a whole lot more, which I'm feeling lazy to do again.

Thank you!
 
Old 04-02-2006, 03:47 AM   #10
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You could for example setup extra partitions and use rsync to create mirrors of your slackware partitions. I use this, so that in case of something going totally wrong I still have a working system that I could start and use to rebuild the first one, without having to deal with a complete reinstall.
This means I have to take care about when doing the rsync (so that all apps and configurations are backed up) and about saving all documents that are not covered by the rsync.
 
  


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