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Old 04-03-2011, 02:30 AM   #1
iwmcjody
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which distro to try


I am building an HP nx6110 & would like to try Super OS Ubuntu. Will this distro play dvd movies out of the box ?
I am also interested in Zorin 4 to use in an HP nc2400. Any problems I should know about with either of these ?
 
Old 04-03-2011, 02:41 AM   #2
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Any distro would be able to play DVD movies.
If you installed Ubuntu, you would just have to enable the medibuntu repository. Then install libdvdcss2: http://medibuntu.org/
If you want an Ubuntu derivative that has all multimedia codecs installed out of the box, you could try Mint.
I am not familiar with Super OS or Zorin. Either Ubuntu or Mint would be a good choice for a beginner.
Write back if you need more help.

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Old 04-03-2011, 03:27 AM   #3
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@ tommcd- SuperOS is just ubuntu with lots more stuff installed. Zorin is ubuntu based again, but its got WINE and an easy way to make the interface look like windows (win7 and XP, with Win2000, vista and macOSX with the purchase versions)

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I am building an HP nx6110 & would like to try Super OS Ubuntu. Will this distro play dvd movies out of the box ?
I am also interested in Zorin 4 to use in an HP nc2400. Any problems I should know about with either of these ?
SuperOS shouldplay DVDs 'out of the box'. Zorin...er..i dont know. It looks like it doesnt, but maybe the versions you have to buy (opps, 'donate to download') might. Not that getting any distro I've ever used to play DVDs is that hard.

With laptops/netbooks its really hard to say if yuo will have problems. The manufacturer could have several different setups.

Depending on the model, you could have issues with the wireless. RAM could be an issue as well, newer ubuntu (and ubuntu variants like Zorin and SuperOS) like 1GB or more. Looking at the spec sheets for those laptops, some of them at least came with 256MB/512MB. 512MB should run, 256MB might not.

spec sheets in case anybody else wants to see-

nx6110-
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/q.../12135_na.HTML

nc2400-
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/q.../12439_na.HTML
 
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:38 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback guys, I will give them a try and let you know how it works.
 
  


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