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Since I am getting a "404" on the link I will suggest Vector Linux on this thread.
While it is not premier Linux it is just what the doctor ordered for putting Linux on your PC. The install can be a little tricky though.
It depends on how "new" you are to linux. Usually Mandrake and SuSE are the best for newbies (RH is also fine but quite lacking in the multimedia department). They are easy to set up, and for what you described,the ONLY thing I coul see you needing is the DeCSS plugin to play the DVD's.
If your using older hardware, A Slackware-based distro is often better (Vector, peanut, etc...) But they are often intimidating to n00bi's. If you do need help with a "harder" distro, feel free search for answers, and ask questions.
RH 9 should be perfect. I have RH 9, and it does all the things you list perfectly. I downloaded MPlayers' source and built that. It runs great, and I installed the mpg123 plugin for XMMS so that it plays mp3's perfectly.
Originally posted by Dark_Helmet Well, I don't think it's the same topic. I believe he is simply asking if his plans for the future are within the capabilities of Linux. Whereas the other post is asking for help getting the laptop working.
Just my two cents.
Anyone who creates a thread that points to an existing one should keep their new questions, etc with the existing threads. I feel it is along the same lines and a way for them to get more exposure sort of say to their existing thread for resolution.
Your getting a 404 cause he didn't create the link properly. You can follow my link I provided to his existing thread.
I wasn't trying to double post or anything like that, I didn't want to mention the problem I was having and then have to answer questions about said problem. Since you've already merged the threads there's no real sense in arguing about it, but where does it say I can't link to other threads on the same forum? I've been through the FAQ and found nothing there, and through the posting rules and can't kind anything there either. I thought threads were supposed to be seperate if they had different thought, idea's or questions, thus I made two threads.
Anyways, the laptop is a IBM T23 2647GGU. 1ghz PIII, 256mb of SDRAM, CDRW/DVD combo drive, 802.11b wireless, 20gb hard drive. But no floppy drive came with it.
I would think that **most** of our questions will be related some how. But the degree of relation is, what I think, justifies a new thread or not. Your above "new thread" was, to me, similar enough to remain one thread. I can surely see how you'd view it differently though, but for this particular case, I think merging the 2 was the most appropriate course of action to take.
In this case, to me, it was more of a side note of this existing thread, than a thread needed to live on it's own.
If indeed you do not get the answers desired, I will certainly be happy to move your thread back out into circulation, however I though it to be in your best interest in this situation to keep it in here, for the time being. I think as you get your problems sussed out in this thread, and develop a plan of action for your desires to have it as a mobile mp3 box, that posting questions more directly related to that situation would be more/most appropriate.