English is not my native language.
Linux is the only system I use since a week or so (Linux Mint 6), I want to use and will be using. I'm a newb though...
So, I switched to Linux. Bare with me on this one, I get to the questions and stuff a little bit later. I was incredibly tired of the "user friendly" Windows. I've been a MS user since '95, but now I just can't see myself getting back to Windows. And this statement comes after a week with Linux Mint 6.
Previously I've been choosing my distro for a month and came to the conclusion that Mint 6 is the best distro for me. Downloaded it, burned it, backuped my stuff, gparted my hdd (I didn't read this post
before I messed around with it) and installed Linux Mint 6 with all the defaults. I don't know what I did wrong, or is the distro just so heavy on the system but Gnome was a pain for me. Lots of hangtimes, like it froze for a couple of seconds and after that it was fine. Both firefox and opera felt very chunky, like my processor was a pentium 4 or smth (I've got an old AMD Sempron 2,5GHz with 1,5GB RAM, Geforce 7600)
001. Double clicks, sometimes they just don't seem to be regestering. I've got a Logitech Cordless Optical EX110 (mouse and keys) with NEW Duracell batteries. It's not that big of a deal actaully but if there is a settings page somewhere pls point me to it... EDIT: Ok, nevermind, found it ;P
002. Firefox is slow. Even on XP with far more extensions it was faster then my current one. For example when I move the scrollbar up and down it moves, but with a delay. In Opera it's even worse. I've tried Midori, it crashed a lot but it was very fast, also Arora is very fast but I can't get youtube or any flash content get to work. All browsers new versions. I've deleted the default flash plugin that comes with Mint and installed the newest one that I've red about on this forum. Firefox 3.0.8 with Smart Bookmarks Bar, Download statusbar and Download Helper
003. Is there any hope for a decent torrent app for Linux? All I've tried many, but they did dramatically decrease my network speed, while the uTorrent that I run now in Wine runs great.
004. Just a thought. VLC on Linux is the best thing since sliced bread. EOT
005. Sites in the browsers run very, very slow, the download speed through HTML within the same browsers are 25% faster then they were on Windows, torrent runs basicly at the same speeds (utorrent) in Windows, ftp also. What could be the problem? All the sites load, with no errors but it's just painfull. Simple pages take a long time before any content is being displayed, same thing with https and ftp
006. Browsers in general feel clunky, almost like in the old days, when I had a peace of software that was just to new for my hardware and to demending.
007. Linux-Swap. In laymans words. What's it for, how REALLY big should it be, doest it make that big of a difference, is the placement of the partition important (begginig, end), is it wise to put different swaps on different hdd? ie I've got 2 hdd, first 80gb just for the system and the home dir, second one 1tb for stuff, and 4 usb 500gb with stuff. Dont ask what stuff.
008. I've been looking into Gentoo, Debian, Fedora, KateOS (although the text based network configuration scares me) and even DSL or Xubuntu. Which one would be the best choice for a guy like me based on the things I wrote? Things I need are:
- good text editor
- decent office suite with support for ms office file extentions
- wine (for utorrent, mobile phone software if it works, didn't test it yet, some games)
- minimalistic gui, xfce looks very very good
- good web browser, don't care about the name or company, as long as it gets the job done - browsing, flash, flash download - files from youtube - download helper plugin or anything, good bookmark support and tabs)
- reinlendar support
- easy to use packet managing, synaptic one seems to be a nice choice but imho it laks some stuff
- very good security and privacy (if I want I wanna be albe to password protect everything)
- graphical istallation, but I want to be able to choose what packages (programs, not libraries) should be installed. Thats the thing that pissed me off in Mint a little bit. It just installed everything, and manuall deinstall can be panifull for a guy like me.
- thunar and a decent irc client. I've noticed that xchat which is great runs on gnome, and I need a good xfce one
I will probably ask more questions when I think of them, thanks for any kind of help guys.