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Old 11-13-2006, 02:50 PM   #1
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Question newb - which distro - multimedia


Hello all,

New to Linux. wishing to explore Linux but not sure where to start. I have tried Ubuntu 5.10 live CD this works and wanted to try 6.06 and 6.10 (which don't work on my hardware)
Hardware is
Abit BH6/1g Cel/512m/dvd rw/wd 40g and 30g drives/pro100 nic/Elsa quatro video

I would like to run something that is tolerant of older hardware (this is maybe why the newer flavors of Ubuntu don't seem to work) and also use for multimedia down the road (play movies, editing etc. pictures - not sure if distro selection affects this) On another system (duel core/P5B)I will run the same but also like to load Pro/Engineer (linux port).

I had been requested by the boss (my kids) can I make it look like Mac OS X - I know that some tutorials are about modifing the interface of KDE to do this - but is this distro specific?

THX
 
Old 11-13-2006, 03:30 PM   #2
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Hi,

1. Kids aren't going to be very tollerant of look-alikes so, if you want to -please- your children, I suggest buying a used mac.
2. If you want to provide them a great desktop at the right price, then Ubuntu is pretty much it.
If you don't really -want- to spend time tweaking a newer version to get it working on older hardware, just stick to the version that works for your hardware.
3. To keep things simpler in your house, I'd say maybe a newer version of the ubuntu you are running on your kid's computer is good.


IMHO, as a parent myself, I would say "If you want a mac, figure out how to earn the money to buy one. I'm here to help you with that. Otherwise, here's a great tool, for right now." There are other very good distros and ubuntu isn't perfect. It's got almost as many issues as a popular distro, but far more goodwill behind it. I'm a debian fan myself.


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Originally Posted by DB9
Hello all,

New to Linux. wishing to explore Linux but not sure where to start. I have tried Ubuntu 5.10 live CD this works and wanted to try 6.06 and 6.10 (which don't work on my hardware)
Hardware is
Abit BH6/1g Cel/512m/dvd rw/wd 40g and 30g drives/pro100 nic/Elsa quatro video

I would like to run something that is tolerant of older hardware (this is maybe why the newer flavors of Ubuntu don't seem to work) and also use for multimedia down the road (play movies, editing etc. pictures - not sure if distro selection affects this) On another system (duel core/P5B)I will run the same but also like to load Pro/Engineer (linux port).

I had been requested by the boss (my kids) can I make it look like Mac OS X - I know that some tutorials are about modifing the interface of KDE to do this - but is this distro specific?

THX
 
Old 11-13-2006, 06:19 PM   #3
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I would suggest that you get try Vector Linux Standard or Soho with XFCE.

The 5.1 version is stable on most machines.

XFCE is a Mac similar windows manager. At least that is what it looks like to me when I run it.

One of the nice things about Vector is that you can choose three or four different windows managers with file manager options.

Here is the Link to Vector:
http://vectorlinux.com/

Here is the link to XFCE:
http://www.xfce.org/index.php?lang=en
 
Old 11-13-2006, 11:06 PM   #4
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You might want to look into xubuntu as well. It's the ubuntu version that uses xfce by default instead of gnome. It supposed to be a bit more friendly on older hardware. Zenwalk might also be worth a look.

To make things look mac-like it's only dependent on your desktop, not the distro. You can probably find some pre-made themes for this on gnome-look, xfce-look or kde-look, depending on which you use.
 
Old 11-14-2006, 04:17 AM   #5
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I'm not real familiar with Mac's, but I always found the Gnome interface to be similar to the Mac interface. I despise the KDE interface, never liked it in any version of Linux I've ever tried. Gnome/Xfce are fine. I've gotten Ubuntu 6.06 to work on a couple of older machines(around a 2yrs old), and all is well....

Fedora Core 5 is also a pretty good distro with plenty of support pages...

http://www.fedorafaq.org is a good start.

IGF
 
Old 11-14-2006, 08:17 AM   #6
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Thanks for the words, I hadn't thought about xubuntu - so I'll take a look.

D/l Vector as we speak...

Thx

Last edited by DB9; 11-14-2006 at 08:19 AM.
 
Old 11-14-2006, 01:49 PM   #7
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Have a look at Puppy Linux - it's a super fast small (70MB) distro designed to work with older machines but has GUI and a very good set of apps. Had a first look at it yesterday and very impressed.
 
  


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