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Old 09-18-2009, 05:37 PM   #1
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Question Trying to get back into LINUX


To Jeremy and the forum(s), I have been out of using ANY Linux, for quite some time, for numerous reasons, but am interested in finding out if ANY Distro is NOW more user friendly than they were? I would need one that would NOT, I repeat, would NOT raise my blood pressure or aggravate my heart condition! You see, I finally had a Heart attack in June of this year, and do NOT need anything that will aggravate my condition!!
 
Old 09-18-2009, 05:45 PM   #2
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When was the last time you used any Distro and what was it?

Assuming your hardware is easily detected, Ubuntu is pretty much all point-and-click, including the installer- livecd, automatic update detection, "add/remove programs", all that jazz. Last I used it was 8.04 and that was quite stable. I don't know if that is the current 'stable' release or how the new release/s (I'm not sure if they've gotten 2 releases out yet since 8.04) are as far as not breaking randomly- I would not recommend going any "cutting edge" release.

I've heard simplyMEPIS and Mint are good for user-friendlyness but I have no experience with them.

Last edited by halborr; 09-18-2009 at 05:46 PM. Reason: My spelling is getting worse!
 
Old 09-18-2009, 05:55 PM   #3
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Which linux...

All distributions of linux have been improved for their ease of installation and use since you last were among our user tribe.

Which distribution of linux have you used previously? If it is debian, you might try that again, or the newer but ever present Ubuntu, for which there are many guides and user forums. I prefer openSUSE, but fedora is another well supported choice.

The choices are many, but you might be better served by a linux that has a good repository and package management system and a large user base, as do the three linuxs mentioned.

If you are interested in playing DVDs, streaming video, etc., you might try PCLinuxOS or Mint, both of which have players and codecs already configured.

All these can be tried as live-cds. Here is the current live-cd list.

http://www.livecdlist.com/

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Old 09-18-2009, 07:29 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by OldSarge View Post
To Jeremy and the forum(s), I have been out of using ANY Linux, for quite some time, for numerous reasons, but am interested in finding out if ANY Distro is NOW more user friendly than they were? I would need one that would NOT, I repeat, would NOT raise my blood pressure or aggravate my heart condition! You see, I finally had a Heart attack in June of this year, and do NOT need anything that will aggravate my condition!!
I'm curious to know what you are using now that hasn't been aggravating your blood pressure?
 
Old 09-18-2009, 07:45 PM   #5
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I'm curious to know what you are using now that hasn't been aggravating your blood pressure?
To ALL who have answered me, I had used OpenSuSe, and Fedora and maybe, I am not sure, an early version of Ubuntu, Fedora being the last! Fought my way through a couple upgrades, before I hung it up! I grant you, all, you may be correct, as to what computer software OS doesn't raise your blood pressure, but have found that WIN XP w/sp3, has been very stable with that last patch! Ironically, as you ALL probably know, WINDOWS DOES update with security patches, just about all the time! I think it was a combination of things that forced me to hang Linux up, because the so-called Computer Club guru, was NOT much help! So, you all recommend a choice of 3 packages: Ubuntu, OpenSuse or Fedora? Would Mepis also rate among the choices?
 
Old 09-18-2009, 08:10 PM   #6
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It's hard to tell what could fit you or not. I suggest trying some livecds first, that way you can get a preliminary feeling about each distro and reduce the choices.
 
Old 09-18-2009, 10:07 PM   #7
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Lots of options, but I'd suggest...

Mint 7.0 - you can pick from XFCE, KDE and Gnome. Distrowatch.com is a great place to find the mirrors. Mint comes complete with support for multimedia, including dvd playback and mp3 encoding/decoding. Also has most browser plugins, so you don't need to risk your ticker trying to find files to make your browsing pleasant.

Another quite enjoyable "out of the box" distro is SuperOS (formerly SuperUbuntu, until Canonical complained). Sort of like Mint in that it has all the stuff you want and need right off the bat, but it is closer to Ubuntu, so you can use the vast repositories to find stuff you want to add.

I tri-boot Windows XP, SuperOS and OpenSUSE. I fiddle with distros sort of as a hobby. I have had zero issues with SuperOS supporting hardware, whereas I had to jump through some hoops to get OpenSUSE to play nice with my Linksys WUSB11 (ver 2.6). Mint always sees it just fine, too.

I've installed and (un/re)installed all of the following in the past three months or so, on two different platforms (a Pentium 4 3.0 GHz Dell 3000, and a Compaq Armada 110 laptop):

OpenSUSE 11.1
Ubuntu 9.4
Xubuntu
Kubuntu
Edubuntu
SuperOS 9.4
Mint 6 KDE
Mint 6 XFCE
Mint 6 Gnome
Mint 7 KDE
Mint 7 Gnome
(just (I mean _just_!) burned Mint 7 XFCE)
Puppy 4.2
Knoppix
Debian
Slackware 13
(I tried Linux from Scratch - not recommended for cardiac patients!)
Fedora
TinyCore
Damn Small Linux
CrunchBang (#!)
Gentoo
Scientific Linux
GeeXboX
Macpup

... and a few others.

Yeah, lots of time. Well, I used to download floppy images on a 14.4 kbaud modem, and rawrite them, and then feed them to my 486DX2-66 for hours, so torrenting an iso image and watching it burn in about ten minutes, and then exploring a whole new distro in less than an hour is an absolute pleasure!

Anyhow, stick with Mint or SuperOS (or some flavor of Ubuntu). But I STRONGLY SUGGEST after installing, doing the following:

- Do the automatic update thing. It might even change your kernel version, and might tell you to do a reboot (one of the few times GNU/Linux will ever do that).

- After reboot, TURN OFF THE AUTOMATIC UPDATE THING! Or at least change it so it checks very infrequently. All of my blood pressure excursions seem to stem from some "friendly" updater borking my box, especially my GRUB stuff.

- Now do whatever special tweaks - nvidia or ATI driver stuff is recommended if you have them, so you can fiddle with compositing (FUN!). There is a great tool that I've used - Envy. Google it, or pull it off a repository and enjoy a nice gui video card driver install.

Hope this helps. Keep us updated, and enjoy the vast improvements that have happened since you last GNUed.

hooya27
(Oh, my sys config is about six years old - that's how long since I posted here last...)

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Old 09-18-2009, 10:38 PM   #8
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Mepis Ubuntu PcLinuxos

I have run many of the distro`s over the years Ubuntu is simple, if you want the Gnome desktop, Mepis and PcLinux are both kde which is my favorite. With Mepis and PcLinux you will not have to go out and start downloading proprietary packages to make the system run, They are both just install and run, and they both have great Forums. The first thing you need to do is get you a copy of qparted and format the harddrive and set up a / root, swap and home partician then just answer a few questions and you are good to go.
 
Old 09-18-2009, 11:06 PM   #9
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Definitely give mandriva and ubuntu a look.
 
Old 09-18-2009, 11:39 PM   #10
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I would stay with MS Windows or get a Mac in this case and don't even bother.


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WINDOWS DOES update with security patches
They don't MS recently decided not to patch a bug in Win2K although it is officially still supported by them. See Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-048 - Critical

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Old 09-20-2009, 07:42 PM   #11
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Which Distro or Distro's are NO MORE frustrating then WINDOWS XP? That would be, I think, the best way for me to make up my mind!
 
Old 09-21-2009, 12:15 AM   #12
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I would suggest Ubuntu, it tries to use GUI programs for almost everything. Change by its very nature is usually frustrating, so you may be better off staying with XP if you're not able to take the time to learn Ubuntu/Linux. I'm sure I would be equally frustrated if I had to use Windows for anything more complicated than reading emails in Outlook (my Windows knowledge is close to zero).
 
Old 09-21-2009, 12:22 AM   #13
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2 cents worth from a rank amateur: My dual boot xp and mepis serves me better than anything I have tried of about 20 distros and most of windoze. It's like buying a pickup there ain't no perfect pickup. just test drive and se which one does what you want done the best.
 
Old 09-21-2009, 09:32 AM   #14
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if you really want linux on your computer why dont you buy one from an oem.

i think hp offers linux pre-installed (you mite pay a little more, but you are certain that everything is working and tested).

i assume you didnt install vista on your own but got a computer from an oem pre-installed.
a lot of the 'vista sux' rants from 2 years ago were from 'cots' customers; the ones who waited until they got a new computer pre-installed were less squeeky.
 
Old 09-21-2009, 01:23 PM   #15
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To Schneidzand all the other respondents) I am using Win XP with sp/3, not Vista and my two boxes are both locally constructed with quite a bit of memory and speed, with much leftover to go quite sometime, yet! I have been informed that MSFT will support WIN XP for at Least two more years, and that the new WIN 7 is actually a pretty good version, but then again, I am NOT going to change just for change sake! My local computer Shop, which has always done me good and accurate service, is, ironically, NOT a Linux shop, per se, but when I was using it, one of the people there, was able to help me a little!
 
  


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