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Old 03-06-2004, 07:29 PM   #1
blacksoul
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The next best Linux OS for me?


Hiya everyone!

I'll get right to the point. I'm on RH9 as of right now. I want to try another distro, and get KDE 3.2 (for some reason even using apt-get and kde-redhat.org i cannot go above 3.1; but that's something for a totally different conversation.) This will be for home use, main uses will be:
Programming, no emacs though.
Photoshop (Crossover Office) / Gimp
Games (WineX)
and a lot of browsers NN / Moz / IE / Opera / Konq

I need an OS that isn't too hard to install and def. not a source distro! Any recommendations?

Thanks
 
Old 03-06-2004, 07:43 PM   #2
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mandrake has lots of eye candy right from the get go. easy install, almost automated. plenty of apps to choose from during install, and an easy rpm based software solution w/ urpmi to help w/ dependancies.
 
Old 03-06-2004, 07:49 PM   #3
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Mandrake, Fedora, or SUSE (if you've got the bandwidth for it). Really, there's nothing wrong with sticking with Red Hat.

If you're trying to optimize your system to play games, then I'd go for Gentoo with the gaming kernel. But you've already tried Gentoo and you don't want a source-based distro. The install time probably rules it out. I might go back to Gentoo one of these days if I can ever find the time...

Last edited by LinuXP; 03-06-2004 at 07:54 PM.
 
Old 03-06-2004, 09:03 PM   #4
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Exclamation You need .......

LindowsOS

That's all. You won't find anything easier for now.
 
Old 03-06-2004, 10:17 PM   #5
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Slackware ! Not nearly as hard as people make it out to be!
 
Old 03-06-2004, 11:18 PM   #6
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If you want a good KDE 3.2 install, and a good implementation of the 2.6 kernel, I'd wait until about May, when Mandrake 10 becomes available in boxed sets. The download version will be available to the public by then (or you could get RC1 and update it from a Cooker source.....)
 
Old 03-07-2004, 01:10 AM   #7
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The new conectiva beta has the 2.6 kernel and kde 3.2. Its got a few issues right now but once its out it would be a solid choice.
 
Old 03-07-2004, 03:23 AM   #8
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Re: The next best Linux OS for me?

Quote:
Originally posted by blacksoul
Hiya everyone!

I'll get right to the point. I'm on RH9 as of right now. I want to try another distro, and get KDE 3.2 (for some reason even using apt-get and kde-redhat.org i cannot go above 3.1; but that's something for a totally different conversation.) This will be for home use, main uses will be:
Programming, no emacs though.
Photoshop (Crossover Office) / Gimp
Games (WineX)
and a lot of browsers NN / Moz / IE / Opera / Konq

I need an OS that isn't too hard to install and def. not a source distro! Any recommendations?

Thanks
My recommendation is Knoppix. It can, of course, be utilized without installing anything, and is surprisingly full featured. Should you choose to install it on the hard drive, it basically becomes Debian, woody, testing or unstable at your discretion. The main draw of Knoppix, in my inexpert opinion, is it's ease of installation. You often heard people, most of whom are Unix/ C wizards, talk about how easy this or that distro is to install. I've read countless post on dozens of message boards and newsgroups about how easy Slackware is to install. Well, that is, for most people, an out and out lie. Knoppix hard drive install, on the other hand is the easiest installing operating system known to me either personally or by reputation. This includes SuSE, Redhat, Mandrake, Win98, WinXP ect ... It's not an exageration to say that the hardware detection is beyond belief.

I'm running Knoppix 3.3 HDD (Debian-type install) (testing/Sarge) as my main OS now. Were it not for games already in my possession, I'd reformat the partions on which WinXP pro and WinME reside. As it stands, I've relegated the Win OSes to a mere 15 GBs out of 400GBs on my desktop. Debian using the Knoppix HDD install is truly reading for the desktop ... even for those of us with little 'nix expertise.
 
Old 03-07-2004, 07:49 AM   #9
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Is it Debian or Mandrake that has apt-get? What are their equivelents if neither?
 
Old 03-07-2004, 08:08 AM   #10
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Debian has apt-get,
except maybe for the installation (if you use a good installation walkthrough this is no problem, even for a newbie, if you have a descent computer background.. i.e if you know you're video and sound card type) I think debian is the easiest distro for installing software... thanks to apt-get :-)
 
Old 03-07-2004, 08:49 AM   #11
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I'd say go Slack 9.1 or Slack-current
 
Old 03-07-2004, 09:47 AM   #12
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knoppix and elx are best

I agree with pesterr that knoppix is probably the best for trying out and using Linux without installing and also one of the easiest to install too!
However if you want to play some windows games etc. you need codeweaver and this is included in Xandros - but it will cost you $89.

If you need a RedHat like one with RPMs, the best to install and use is Everyones Linux or elx. For those migrating from Windows it is the best!
Easy to install and wonderful to use - stand alone or on a network. It works effortlessly with windows machines in the network.
http://www.elxlinux.com/index.php

Read the unique features in
http://www.elxlinux.com/misc/whyelx.php

The only prob is that the new version is about to be released with the new KDE etc. But it is worthwhile getting the available version 2.0, just to see its unique look and features - ease of use +++
 
Old 03-07-2004, 09:51 AM   #13
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Quote:
Is it Debian or Mandrake that has apt-get? What are their equivelents if neither?
Debian has apt-get (nice tool). SuSE has YaST (nice tool as well) Mandrake and others have their own versions of installers. However, nothing comes even close to the LindowsOS CNR client. A mighty simple installer and far more. For newbe's, to me, there seems no real alternative to LindowsOS, it is that easy!
 
Old 03-07-2004, 10:09 AM   #14
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Quote:
Originally posted by Bicol_Willem
Debian has apt-get (nice tool). SuSE has YaST (nice tool as well) Mandrake and others have their own versions of installers. However, nothing comes even close to the LindowsOS CNR client. A mighty simple installer and far more. For newbe's, to me, there seems no real alternative to LindowsOS, it is that easy!
Ahh, thanks for the info! I'm thinking I will probably go with either Mandrake or Debian. They both seem to have semi-simple installs (Close to RH9 anyway), and both seem to be pretty close as far as driver support as well. I have all ready dl'ed Mandrake 9.2 and I am currently installing it on my laptop to see how it does. I'll try Debian next.

Thanks for all the help, everyone!
 
Old 03-07-2004, 08:14 PM   #15
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Debian is excellent! Just get Knoppix (a live CD distro of Debian) and copy it to your HD.
http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html
Burn the disk, boot it, and run sudo knoppix-installer from the shell prompt. Voila! Beautiful HD Debian installation.

Debian is more of a power user installation than Mandrake, which is designed for newbies.

However, Knoppix has incredible hardware detection, so Mandrake isn't better in that regard.

I would highly recommend Debian to you over Mandrake. However, Mandrake is also excellent, so that would be a nice choice also.

PS: Avoid LindowsOS like the plague! It's not a good distro, it's expensive, and you have to get all of your apps from the stupid Click-n-run service, which is like Click-n-crawl over dialup.

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