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First off let me say I have had some experience with linux before. I have used mandrake (back when thats what it was called).
Another thing I would like to state. I perfer KDE over Gnome.
Oh, and a big one. I only have an SATA optical drive, and last time I tried to install linux on it (fedora), it said it couldn't find the right drivers for the drive. It is a Plextor PX-716SA. I don't know if this has since been resolved, but it needs to be addresed.
Ok, now that the basics are out of the way I have some questions. What distro would be best for me? I don't want to have to spend a long time setting things up, I like ease of use. A good integrated update system would also be nice. I have an nvidia graphics card. I would like the distro to take advantage of my dual core CPU. I will be playing some games, including Quake 3 and UT2004. Oh, and I would like a distro that at least would be as fast as WIndows XP pro is now. Also, it would be a plus if it came with a lot of handy things, like flash player, firefox, thunderbird, etc... Also how would I set up printer sharing with linux? The printer is hooked up to the PC I would be putting linux on, and the computer I would need to share with has Windows XP pro. They are both on the same LAN.
Also, are there any music players for linux that support ASIO output?
And would there be any way to change the USB polling rate?
So what do you guys suggest?
BTW, I totally forgot to list my specs, they are:
DFI LanParty UT nF4 Ultra-D
Opteron 165 @ 2.8GHz (air cooling)
2x1GB G.Skill HX DDR400 RAM @ 234MHz
eVGA 7800GT CO @ 470/1100
PCP&C Turbo-Cool 510 Express/SLI PSU
Distribution: Ubuntu, Debian, Various using VMWare
I would suggest Kubuntu or Simply Mepis.
I have not used Mepis, but I understand that it is very easy.
Kubuntu is a Ubuntu with the KDE desktop, and is very easy to set up. It is good on hardware detection, installing programs is easy using apt-get or the GUI frontend called Adept. You can install Nvidia drivers using apt as well.
For printer sharing, just set up the printer up using Kprinter on Kubuntu. You need to change some options in /etc/cups/cupsd.conf (search google for this). Basically, you need to set "Listen *:631" and "Browsing On", and in <Location /> set Allow @LOCAL.
Then setup the printer on Windows. Use the IPP protocol for the printer, and you should be able to print.
I like the look of Kubuntu, will it work with my SATA optical drive? Because last time I tried to install linux with it, it said that it failed to detect drivers for the drive, and the installation could not continue. And anything about ASIO output or changing the USB polling rate?
Distribution: Ubuntu, Debian, Various using VMWare
The i386 version will work on AMD64, but not vise-versa. I have an AMD64, and use the AMD64 version with no problems. I don't know about a SATA optical drive, but I have a SATA hard drive, and it detected it with no problems.
Sorry, but I don't know about ASIO output, but changing the USB polling rate should be the same as any other distro, so search google for that.
Since that's the lower end of the Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ Processors, you need AMD64. And your kernel will need SMP support for the dual-core -- might have to recompile it -- know nothing about *buntu, but there might be a choice for SMP when you install.
As for the SATA optical drive, iirc that's determined by the chipset on your mobo -- which is?
Looks like from your post that it's nForce4, which is relatively new. I do see in kernel 126.96.36.199
NVIDIA SATA support (SCSI_SATA_NV)
This option enables support for NVIDIA Serial ATA.
I'd Google <Linux> like you owned it on that one, and check with Kubuntu -- they should know.
Last edited by Bruce Hill; 06-21-2006 at 11:46 PM.
Unless I'm mistaken, if it's an Opteron 165 as your first post says, it's a dual-core --- and 1.8 Ghz --- one of these. No matter, the Opteron is a 64-bit CPU. It would be nice to run a 64-bit OS, provided all the apps you want are available or can be compiled for 64-bit. That's the big drawback now, with all OSes -- 64-bit CPUs have been available for a long time.
That's why I run a 32-bit OS with a 64-bit CPU right now -- need apps that aren't available yet.
You can run 32-bit Slackware apps on a 64-bit Slamd64 port of Slackware; and you can also put a VW Beetle engine inside a Ferarri chassis. The point is that you might not get all the apps you want for 64-bit, and I know nothing about *buntu. And I imagine there are some issues with them, but don't know for sure.
I'd say use Gentoo amd64 version. Very nice distro but not that easy to setup for newbie. I got it to work but I needed to print out the quick install manual first. My first installation without GUI taked about 4h. GUI installs in about 10h. Gentoo is nice distro as it has the best package management and is easy to keep updated. Only downside is that it uses sources so it needs time to compile it all.
I've been using gentoo on my home PC which is quite similar to yours. ( 3800+ X2, 2Gb DDR, DFI Lanparty Ultra-D, GeForce 7800 GT). Only problem I had with the 64-bit version was the installation of flash player. It was fixed by installing binary version of 32-bit FireFox.