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Old 02-14-2004, 09:50 PM   #1
dilip2k
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making a swtich from win


Hi,
i finally decided to ditch win , just all these distros confuse me. I need a PC for my work , stock trading , i need java ... my kid needs to play his disney games etc. Any suggestion which distro would suit me? i think i know a little abt PC's

thanks
 
Old 02-14-2004, 09:57 PM   #2
Dave The R/Cer
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uh sorry, I do not believe that there is a distro that will run windows apps.

Uuh, hwat was that app called that emulated windoze?

For me, it never worked:-(
 
Old 02-14-2004, 09:58 PM   #3
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Try Knoppix first. Its a LiveCD, so it won't touch your harddrive. If that runs fine, you can install it to the harddrive.

I also like MEPIS, mepis.org. Its another LiveCD, but its easier to install to your harddrive.

Search around, it sounds like you may want some of the standard distros like Mandrake, Fedora, or Suse. Personally though, I've had nothing but trouble with them.

Java will run on every distro. Disney games you MAY be able to run with WINE, but never count on it.
 
Old 02-14-2004, 10:03 PM   #4
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Hi! And Welcome to LinuxQuestions!
I understand, the volume of distros can be quite confusing. A good place to look at reviews and compare distros is:
www.distrowatch.com

Briefly, Mandrake, Fedora, and Suse are more geared toward the new linux user, so that might be a good place to start. I'm not sure either one of those have java installed on the initial setup though. I know Mandrake doesn't, and can't remember on the other two. But, Java can be installed pretty easily on any distro. The instructions on www.java.com are very easy to follow. If you really want to LEARN linux, then Slackware is a good choice. The installation process is text based rather than GUI based like the 3 I mentioned earlier, but is no more difficult. Just doesn't look as pretty. Installation instructions can be found at www.slackware.com and also in a Sticky thread in the Slackware forum here at LQ.
(I've got to plug Slack a little bit...When you install it and boot up for the first time, Java is already installed, configured, and ready to use.) There, I couldn't help it. I just love Slack....Sleek...Fast...Not bloated like some other distros.........Ok, that's enough, I'll hush now.
 
Old 02-14-2004, 10:07 PM   #5
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yea I fink you're right, WINE, thats it!

I got system hangups with RH8 and WINE and some crazy app on windows
 
Old 02-14-2004, 10:41 PM   #6
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I suggest you try Linux by dual booting with Windows. Moving to Linux can be a little smoother when you realize the two operating systems are not the same. Wanting to get rid of Windows then expecting Linux to be Windows does not work very well.
Buying a new second hard disk is the easiest way to install Linux and keep Windows.
While it is best to assume that what runs on one operating system will not run on another, that is not completely true.
Codeweavers offers a way to run some Windows programs in Linux. I have used the Crossover Plugin and it worked great. I have read good things about the Crossover Office (although be aware of what versions or functions may not work).
The Suse Wine Rack offers both Codeweaver products and a version of WINE for gaming at a nice price.
VMWare is a a good way to run Windows on Linux or Linux in Windows. I believe you will need a full version of Windows though, my OEM version would not work and my 30 day trial was a failure.
I think I would suggest Suse or Mandrake as the best choices for easy install, new user friendly, available in boxed sets with manuals. There are many other excellent distributions and a few dogs.
Hope you decide to stick around and check out Linux.
Good Luck.
 
Old 02-15-2004, 08:05 AM   #7
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I find it interesting that no one mentions Red Hat when the question, "Which is best?" comes up. Why is that? I started with RH 7.3 and just re-installed (rather than upgrade, I was on a new machine and it only screwed me for one application which I'm stil trying to unlock) with Red Hat 9.0. It installed itself, configured itself (as a server, too!), and I really didn't have problems with anything but setting up Mozilla mail.
So, not that I'm a Red Hat Synchophant, but I am curious why it doesn't get plugged? It, too, comes is commercial boxes if you prefer buying to downloading.

Cheers.
 
Old 02-15-2004, 10:33 AM   #8
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Try Knoppix for awhile. Once you are ready for an installed Linux, try Red Hat 9. I heard Fedora is a bit buggy. Mandrake is good and easy to use. I have run into bugs from it though. http://www.linuxiso.org has Red Hat 9 ISOs. Burn the ISO as an imageto CD-R and it's ready.
 
Old 02-15-2004, 11:27 AM   #9
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Yip, Fedora PO's me.

Now I can't get into KDE, X crashes, but does not quit whenever I try to get into KDE, or ANYTHING for that matter.

Wish I stayed with RH9.

Now I'm stuck with crash-happy Windoze Xtra-Pissed-off Potato edition
 
Old 02-15-2004, 11:33 AM   #10
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I've only been at this for a week, but I'm having pretty good luck w/ RH9.0 and Gnome. I do alot of stuff in the terminal window(s) having come from way back in the dos and mainframe world. The Gnome interface is pretty easy to use, and the 9.0 makes it fairly intuitive (better than the RH7.3 I started with).
Just one man's experience, and not much of that.
Cheers.
 
Old 02-15-2004, 11:35 AM   #11
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Yipp,

U know what really PO's me is the fact that ATI's radeon cards don't work very well with ANYTHING that is free... my ATI card (9600) I got it for 60 bucks last christmas sale at Best Buy, but when I got home, there was no FMS working, RH9 had X server crashes all the time, I decided to try fedora, didnot work.
 
Old 02-15-2004, 01:39 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally posted by theonlylivinggo
I find it interesting that no one mentions Red Hat when the question, "Which is best?" comes up. Why is that? I started with RH 7.3 and just re-installed (rather than upgrade, I was on a new machine and it only screwed me for one application which I'm stil trying to unlock) with Red Hat 9.0. It installed itself, configured itself (as a server, too!), and I really didn't have problems with anything but setting up Mozilla mail.
So, not that I'm a Red Hat Synchophant, but I am curious why it doesn't get plugged? It, too, comes is commercial boxes if you prefer buying to downloading.

Cheers.

Because they are dropping support fot the non-enterprise versions. Fedora is from redhat and still free, still supported and that has been recommended.
 
  


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