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Old 05-31-2010, 07:39 AM   #1
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trying linux again


pretty much all i do now is watch movies/tv online or hard drive, listen to music, chat on different clients via trillian. maybe once in a while convert a video over to mp4 or m4v for my zune.
This isn't much of a "what distro" but more about what user interface. i searched for hrs and skim read tons of things about what kde and gnome are/have/do. it was like trying to figure out the meaning of life. there wasn't anything helpful other than pictures. i might be wrong but gnome is more multimedia/fun and kde is more office?

i'm going to try out Mandriva and maybe ubuntu since that distro is the noob champion os.
now last time i tired dropping in linux it didn't find my wifi, how does one go about either getting that to work or rewriting a driver you currently have for windows to work on linux?

oh, the last thing. i have a 750gb hd that is in ntfs. now i looked all over the net and the only thing i could find that would convert it to fat32 was partition magic. though some said it MIGHT wipe your files. that wouldn't be an issue but i have 680gbs of files i can not get rid of on their. anyone have advice on how to swap it over to ntfs or maybe if i use wine with something i can read that drive?
 
Old 05-31-2010, 08:25 AM   #2
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Leave your ntfs partition and install ntfs-3g with fuse with your linux distro. You then will be able to read and write to your ntfs partition. Fat 32 limits its file size.
 
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:32 AM   #3
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pretty much all i do now is watch movies/tv online or hard drive, listen to music, chat on different clients via trillian. maybe once in a while convert a video over to mp4 or m4v for my zune.
Sure. If you need any specific programs, just ask.
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This isn't much of a "what distro" but more about what user interface. i searched for hrs and skim read tons of things about what kde and gnome are/have/do. it was like trying to figure out the meaning of life. there wasn't anything helpful other than pictures. i might be wrong but gnome is more multimedia/fun and kde is more office?
Well, besides cosmetic differences, they're pretty much the same. In my experience, KDE4 needs a tiny bit more knowledge and a faster computer.
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i'm going to try out Mandriva and maybe ubuntu since that distro is the noob champion os.
Good luck.
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now last time i tired dropping in linux it didn't find my wifi, how does one go about either getting that to work or rewriting a driver you currently have for windows to work on linux?
When was this "last time"? If it was more than about a year and a half ago, it might work out of the box. If it doesn't there are troubleshooting guides across the Internet. If those don't work, you can ask here.
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oh, the last thing. i have a 750gb hd that is in ntfs. now i looked all over the net and the only thing i could find that would convert it to fat32 was partition magic. though some said it MIGHT wipe your files. that wouldn't be an issue but i have 680gbs of files i can not get rid of on their. anyone have advice on how to swap it over to ntfs or maybe if i use wine with something i can read that drive?
Any modern distro should be able to read ntfs out of the box.
 
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:53 AM   #4
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it was about 2007 that i last used Suse. The first time i installed it everything worked. then i think i tried a new version of it and Ubuntu around the same time. neither of them found the wifi or just didn't work. being that i knew and still know about nothing in regards to Linux i didn't know how to trouble shoot.
good to know about the ntfs, saves me a lot of stress right there.
Is there an area to point out the main things i will need to know once running my newly installed os?
like the basics, how do you install apps, how the file structure differs from windows (like c:\programs vs a distro).. kind of short bits of info to get me on my path.
also i figure at some point i might have to learn command line? or w/e you sometimes need to do threw what would be the equivalent of maybe a dos/registry on windows. not sure why i would need to but i tend to hear a lot about that when watching documentary's on gnu/linux. so if i do where do i start with that?
 
Old 05-31-2010, 09:58 AM   #5
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Get a live CD of whatever distro and test it first. Then you can make up you mind based on experience rather than hearsay.

I use Fedora 12, and wifi, bluetooth, ntfs access, samba filesharing, epson printers, etc, etc all work pretty much fine. YMMV.

Forget the registry. Gnome has something similar, but if you need to mess with it, then something is terribly wrong anyway.

All modern distros have an Add/Remove programs GUI interface, and you really don't need the command line unless you are getting into programming or scripting.

Just get a live CD (or vmware image) and try it out. There is no time like the present.

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Old 05-31-2010, 10:02 AM   #6
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I know it's not a "what distro" thread, but since you are mostly doing media, you might consider linux mint since (as far as I've been told) it has most of the necessary media codecs available during installation. It's based on Ubuntu.
 
Old 05-31-2010, 10:45 AM   #7
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linux mint looks pretty good. even people over at the ubuntu forums say it runs faster and has a better feel to it.
thank god for live disks, makes choosing a lot faster.
 
  


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