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I'm new to desktop linux and need help deciding what distro to use. I attempted to install Ubuntu and Kubuntu (this was a mess) but Ubuntu was ok.
This is my situation:
- using Vista Ultimate (love it)
- using Office 2007 (love it, aside Outlook slowness bug)
- fancy desktop
- bundled software
- ease of use (like Windows Explorer is easy to use, unlike "apt get")
- stability (important!)
- ability to run *any* Windows software such as Office 2007
- multimedia minded would be nice
What software do I download / install to be able to run Windows software?
Another issue in regards to 'easy of use'
- during kubuntu testing yesterday, I downloaded firefox. I had no idea whatsoever HOW to install this! In Windows, you just double click and it begins. In Kubuntu/linux, I double click and it extracts. Then there was nothing to from there! What am I missing here?
Kubuntu comes with Firefox--if you want the latest version, use the package manager (Adept or Synaptic) to install it. Once you have used a good package manager, you will see that SW installation is EASIER than Windows
Look here in LQ for distro reviews and screen shots on the right side of the pages here at LQ. Quality/performance reviews are very subjective in my opinion.
As for distro ideas for you. If you are new to linux, Gentoo would not be the way to go. It's been a while since I've used it. But, at that time, it didn't have an installer. It was all manual install. I have never used opensuse, but I have seen it. It looked ok and it worked.
Google for comparisons I am sure they are plentiful.
Most software do not run on linux, that is why I asked
Even in the context of this thread, this strikes me as an outrageous statement. For a very large percentage of common applications, the Linux equivalents are as good as their Windows counterparts--sometimes even better. Many Windows applications will run under WINE/CrossOver Office/Cedega.
I still have dual-boot, but almost never go into Windows.