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I've been using PcLinuxOS .93 Big Daddy for awhile now and i really like it. The problem i run into is it seems the synaptic package manager doesn't really work 100%. I really need to install wine so i can run AutoCad and few others. I've visited the wine website for a download for my distro but there isn't one. So my question is should i really be using a different distro such as Ubuntu or Suse (which i've also used and like also). It's not a big deal to change os's at all. I was wondering what was recommended as the most compatible and easy to use? To object of this is to spend more time being productive and less time configuring.
also, check out the supported applications for wine / crossover office* on codeweavers.com
Most CAD/CAM apps do not function under wine or crossover office. The dll loading of the full exectuable is often to heavy a load for wine or crossover office to handle.
Specifically, Autocad is now a .net application, and that is a second issue for use on any unix system.
* Crossover Office, the commercial version of Wine, with suport for more applications than Wine has.
There are commercial CAD/CAM apps available for linux, that are directly comparable to Autocad.
They have one issue for most people, you have to buy the $10,000.00 USD workstation hardware from the application provider, since that is the only way they sell the application, pre-installed on hardware that will work with the software.
Autodesk/Discreet/Alias Wavefront's Maya is available for linux, but that is more CAM / Animation, as is Softimage:XSI [ also available for linux ]
Consumer / hobbyist level design, modelling / animation software is lacking on linux, those apps available for this market are not yet comparable to the windows options, nor are they as numerous.
There is no distro that is superior/inferior to any others. It is all just a matter of personal opinion. Just to throw my into the mix, I personally have tried a few flavors of linux. I did't care for the UBUNTU flavor, I didn't mind Debian, FreeBSD didn't seem to like IEs4Linux(I have to run IE to log into my corporate database). I personally have settled on the Fedora flavor. I've used FC3, FC5, and am currently operating FC6. I am very pleased with the user interfaces, plug n play functionality, etc. It also gave me no issues with installing WINE and many MS-based programs that my company requires me to use.
As others have mentioned, just read the various threads from other users and decide from there. ALso, many linux distros offer a live version which you can boot from cd/dvd and use without installing. Try that with a few distros and see if you like them, then it may help you to decide which one you like better.
Not related to a change of distros but..... sounds like the same problem I came across when I first tried to install wine - try changing the default repository address and then click the reload button, a change or url's worked for me and everything now installs as it should
Just as a word of advice from my own experiences, Dont rely on wine 100%, I have installed a virtual machine too (VMWare), I myself find its more stable environment.
Personally, I cant see the point of changing distros just because you hit a problem, otherwise you be going through 7 distros a week! I prefer to work a way around it and learn, Im very new to linux myself, its taken me a couple of new installations but it was worth it from a learning point (and I still run the same distro I started out with)