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Old 11-30-2003, 04:41 PM   #1
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Ive looked around at different distros.... now can someone characterize one for me?


Ok. Im gonna end up getting counterstrike (ancient i know) to work with it. So that is a definite must have. So opengl is a must have.
Large support for the os is a must have as I am a newbie. I know some stuff but that is it.
As for useability, I want to be able to use it more than xp... just make it easy. I know the hard part is getting everything to work correctly then it runs on its own. I want to make this as painless as possible.
My wife.... well, she aint exactly into learning new stuff when it comes to change she hates it. So, I have to pick something and keep it there. I can justify the change because of the Warez i have on my pc now.... i have to get rid of them. I want to be totally legitimate. So Linux is the affordable way...
Someone give me the best choice for me and their thoughts on why.

I have read up on these different ones...
Red hat supposedly the most stable (I have a copy of RH9 right here next to me in the back of my linux for dummies book)
Suse the more i read... the better it looks
Debian from what i hear is a bit harder to learn. and not so freindly to the newbie
Slackware i read one article... dont know too much
Mandrake I tried it before... had a bunch of trouble...

Now, Here is my rig... obviously the most important part of getting an os to work is building it around the hardware...

Barton 2500
Asus A7N8X Deluxe ( I use the onboard sound and lan)
Maxtor 80 Gig 8 Meg Cache HDD ( partitioned 1 xp and 1 for linux)
512 Buffalo Ch5 PC 3200
Ati Radeon 9700 Pro

I will need some assistance with the lan I am sure... but we will get there later. Help a bro out if you can..
 
Old 11-30-2003, 05:00 PM   #2
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if you or your wife don't want to learn a lot of new stuff, stick with the more "windows-like" distros. since you had trouble with mandrake before, RH (now called Fedora for the desktop version) wouldn't be a bad choice. there's tons of red hat users and support -- their docs tend to be really good, too, from the ones i've read.

slackware is arguably the best distro <pls, no flames> but it doesn't sound like it would be best for your needs. same for debian. SuSE might be okay, but for some reason i didn't like it. if you have a good feeling for it, it definitely would be worth a try, though. otherwise, i would go with the RH9 disk you already have, or Fedora, http://fedora.redhat.com/ you should have no hardware trouble with any distro with the components you listed. gl
 
Old 11-30-2003, 05:03 PM   #3
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what about my onboard nic? i hear of alot of people having trouble setting up the onboard lan on my nforce2 board... any suggestions there? just in case tho... i have an extra dlink nic i can use.... i just dont want to have to..
 
Old 11-30-2003, 05:05 PM   #4
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my rig: barton 2500, epox 8rda+ (nforce2), 512 buffalo tech, ati 8500le, onboard lan, maxtor hd, turtle beach sound card: no troubles. the nvidia drivers are extremely easy to setup.
 
Old 11-30-2003, 05:05 PM   #5
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I'd say you should go with the RH.
- you have the CD in hand,
- the install is as easy as any other (IMHO)
- lots of rpm packages so it's easy to add stuff later
(without having to know what's really going on),
- probably the biggest user base (in US anyway)
so easy to find someone to ask questions when they come up,
 
Old 11-30-2003, 05:09 PM   #6
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what about my onboard nic? i hear of alot of people having trouble setting up the onboard lan on my nforce2 board... any suggestions there? just in case tho... i have an extra dlink nic i can use.... i just dont want to have to..
I've installed all kinds of distros on all kinds of onboard NICs. I've not had a problem with them getting identified. Onboard sound and video are sometimes more of a challenge than the NICs. There's pretty broad NIC support in most distros these days. I wouldn't worry.
 
  


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