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Old 04-17-2008, 05:22 PM   #1
dzengaebenga
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It is not urgent,and, it is a question to the advanced Linux users


Sombody tell me what is the most "ready to use" Linux.I mean,not the one/Do it yourself/!Even with Ubuntu I have problems to get a sound from Skype for example.Oooo yeah.... I am new to Linux that is true,but that doesn'n mean that you can give me a crab answers please.So...what is the most ready for use Linux distribution?If you want to answer and help me I thank you in advance ..If you are here to yare yare yare.....please ,keep it for yourself.Thanks!
 
Old 04-17-2008, 05:30 PM   #2
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Try Knoppix, Kanotix, or PCLinuxOS (they all run as liveCD). Check out their hardware detection, and expecially your issue with sound from Skype.

If one works for you, then install it.
 
Old 04-17-2008, 05:51 PM   #3
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If you want a computer which works without error, out of the box, with no setup necessary, and discount what is (in my opinion) the most user-friendly Linux out there then I am not sure what to suggest.

I don't know of any modern OS which is capable of satisfying these requirements with all hardware. Some combinations of OS and hardware will "just work" for all apps you want to use. Probably getting an Apple is most likely to meet these needs since they control the hardware platform and can thus provide a reduced risk of such problems, but then you're stuck with expensive hardware, expensive upgrades, and miss out on the benefits of Free software.

It's certainly true that there are still issues with audio on Linux on some systems. In my experience, problems where sound doesn't work in some app or other is almost always due to single-channel soundcards (commonly found built into laptop motherboards). My experience is that such problems can often be solved simply by turning off sound servers and sticking to ALSA drivers. This might limit your choice of some apps which don't support ALSA drivers, but Skype does, and so do most main stream apps these days, so you are probably in luck. If you have Ubuntu installed, try that.

You might need to change the Skype options to use the ALSA drivers. In version 2.0 I think ALSA is the only supported driver, so there's no need to change anything if you use that version. Older versions either didn't support ALSA, or it was something you had to explicitly set in the options.
 
Old 04-17-2008, 08:12 PM   #4
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Tank you guys

Thaks guys!That's a good answer.Comming from Widows /where everything is there/I mean it is already in the pkg./to Linux/where Ypu have to/Do it yourself/ it is still difficult for me,but I am learning and willing to learn.And I am not a Computer genius or IT guy.Just a regular PC user
 
Old 04-17-2008, 08:28 PM   #5
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Windows can't even do what you are asking. Armed only with a Windows XP install disk, a blank hard drive and no internet connection, there isn't a whole lot you can do out of the box, you would be lucky to have more than a 800x600 screen resolution and basic sound capabilities, especially if your system is newer than Windows XP.
 
Old 04-17-2008, 09:21 PM   #6
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yeah, seriously Ubuntu has much better out of the box support than windows does. Even though you'll have some configuration/setup issues it is still hands down better than windows driver wise. You can't expect somethong to be fully supported ootb, even windows. You gotta learn sometime man. I'd personally suggest sticking with Ubuntu and just trying to get your issues worked out. If nothing else you'll learn something.

I don't use Ubuntu, nor do I personally really even like it much, but it is hands down the best ootb distro I have used.
 
Old 04-17-2008, 10:54 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dzengaebenga View Post
....but that doesn'n mean that you can give me a crab answers .......If you are here to yare yare yare.....please ,keep it for yourself.Thanks!
I am curious what prompted you to come in with this chip on your shoulder....if you look around here, you will find that polite and articulate questions almost always get good answers.

Assuming that you are not overly contaminated with Windows methods, the mainstream Linux distros are now faster and easier to install and setup than is Windows. The issues are very often tied to unlearning the Windows way.

Pick anything in the top 5 on distrowatch, or the member's choice awards here at LQ.
 
Old 04-17-2008, 11:47 PM   #8
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I don't use 'em but... I hear good user experience reports for Kubuntu, MEPIS, and PCLinuxOS. MEPIS seems to be a favourite on another list I'm on, over and above the other two. Puppy and TEENPup seem to just load up and run.

Me? I prefer Fedora...

Sounds problems with out-of-the-box distribution isn't unknown - you don't mention what hardware you're running (e.g. is it a laptop? desktop? brand?) so it's hard to give much advice on what will just run on your hardware. Best thing would be to try a couple of LiveCD downloads, pick which one you like best, and get help solving the sound problem.
 
Old 04-18-2008, 12:24 AM   #9
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The Skype thing is a know issue, you basically need to change a few settings from one of the Skype menus. It took me over an hour to figure out, though. And I've had to do it on any distro I have installed. The Skype folks seem to have decided that a little surprise now and then doesn't hurt.
 
Old 04-18-2008, 01:51 AM   #10
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Sounds problems with out-of-the-box distribution isn't unknown - you don't mention what hardware you're running (e.g. is it a laptop? desktop? brand?) so it's hard to give much advice on what will just run on your hardware. Best thing would be to try a couple of LiveCD downloads, pick which one you like best, and get help solving the sound problem.



I am sorry .Did not think about it-I run laptop Toshiba Satellite!

And I thank you for the help you guys offer me. I didn't mean to be defencive,but I see some kind of attitude towards people using Widows in other forums ,that is why I said I am absolutely new for Linux.I have to start somewhere dont I ?It is easy to say that riding a bike is easy/especialy if you know how to ride it/But not for me,atleast for now
 
Old 04-18-2008, 02:02 AM   #11
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-I run laptop Toshiba Satellite!
What model? What Linux have you tried? Can you get any sound at all, none, or just missing in Skype? Do give the suggested distro's a go, and I hope you find one that suits you.
 
Old 04-18-2008, 05:44 AM   #12
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There is no proper answer for your questions

There is no proper answer for your questions.

It depends on what you want to do with the Linux system, what hardware it runs on, and what you can offer (in time, fees or both) to get support.

I assume Skype is not the only thing you want to run, otherwise rather return to Windows (more frequent updates, more recent release versions). But even so:

Find out what soundcards are supported by Skype, what soundcard your hardware has and which Linux distribution offers the proper drivers by default. Sound like a lot of work? Could be. Maybe there is some Linux expert in the hood or a computer shop nearby that can do the setup for a modest fee, if you don't want to spend a lot of time with this.

The cheap one-person solution is to go to Skype's options and tweak the audio device settings. It also depends on your headset's I/O if it's going to work or not.

In all honesty, I think the choice of a Linux distro is the least relevant part of this entire equation.

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Last edited by marquardl; 05-01-2008 at 04:50 AM.
 
Old 04-19-2008, 01:17 AM   #13
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Angry Many Thanks to you people

What model? What Linux have you tried? Can you get any sound at all, none, or just missing in Skype? Do give the suggested distro's a go, and I hope you find one that suits you.




It is a Satellite A100 LapTop.No, just no sound for Skype,that is all.Oooo I ,ve tryed Ubuntu,Debian,Slax,ext.Ive tryed Knoppix /samething/No sound
Tryed to change things with audio in Skype-no results


Thaks people!
 
Old 04-19-2008, 02:29 AM   #14
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Have you tried clicking the small skype icon at the bottom left corner of Skype? Select options/sound devices. My problem was that sound in/sound out were using the wrong selections.
 
Old 04-19-2008, 03:10 AM   #15
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Mandriva

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Originally Posted by dzengaebenga View Post
Sombody tell me what is the most "ready to use" Linux.I mean,not the one/Do it yourself/!Even with Ubuntu I have problems to get a sound from Skype for example.Oooo yeah.... I am new to Linux that is true,but that doesn'n mean that you can give me a crab answers please.So...what is the most ready for use Linux distribution?If you want to answer and help me I thank you in advance ..If you are here to yare yare yare.....please ,keep it for yourself.Thanks!
Try Mandriva. Its user friendly.
 
  


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