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Old 02-09-2009, 10:15 AM   #1
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Question Which is the Best Linux for Desktop?


I got a new laptop it is an MSI?! (I was surprised when my friend gave it to me because I have known MSI motherboards for years but didnt know they started making laptops)? oh ASUS lately does too as you probably know.


Any way this laptop has P4 dual with 3 GB RAM and 2 Partitions adding up to 250 GB HDD but it is running Vista (water down version) And I want to put Linux on it (Probably dual boot between windows and Linux) But I am not so sure what flavor of Linux I should put there?
I googled the same question and most said OpenSuse 11.
I am used to Ubuntu myself (a little bit) and I installed an OpenSuse on this other machine a while back but could not get as high res. as Ubuntu gave!?(on the same PC and on the GUI side) and also the commands are different,,,(so I have to start learning Suse)

So I am reluctant to jump in.. and would like to ask your opinion please.So;

Please tell me which you prefer and why and if you have good experience with it.
Thanks.
 
Old 02-09-2009, 10:19 AM   #2
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I am used to Ubuntu myself (a little bit)
Then go for Ubuntu
You need to work with it.
 
Old 02-09-2009, 10:37 AM   #3
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preferences are like opinions are like, well, you get the drift

if you prefer ubuntu, nothing stops you from slapping just that on there.
you can always try beforehand with a live CD to see if all HW's correctly recognized etc.
 
Old 02-09-2009, 11:08 AM   #4
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http://distrowatch.com/search.php
 
Old 02-09-2009, 11:28 AM   #5
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openSuSE with KDE ftw! Well.. that's what i like very very much..
 
Old 02-09-2009, 01:48 PM   #6
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I would suggest you try both Ubuntu and OpenSuse. They are the most popular distro's at present and give you a chance to play with both KDE and Gnome.
 
Old 02-10-2009, 04:57 AM   #7
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Thank you all for the replies and the link.
In that link above the 2x thin client came as number one which is debian based. But I am going to stick with ubuntu I guess.
I am more comfortable with it and it appears that there are no great differences between them.
Thanks again.
regards;
 
Old 02-11-2009, 05:53 AM   #8
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I am used to Ubuntu myself (a little bit) and I installed an OpenSuse on this other machine a while back but could not get as high res. as Ubuntu gave!?
If you want to change the display properties in SuSE use SAX2. If that is your only problem with SuSE, it is still a contender. If that is just a sample problem, go with Ubuntu and then think about it again in six months or so (roughly a release cycle).
 
Old 02-11-2009, 07:15 AM   #9
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I would go to the "download Linux" page here on LQ, write down all the names on bits of paper. Put them all in a hat and pick one.

With modern harware like that any distro will work. If you are new to Linux, maybe go with one of the big ones (opensuse, ubuntu, fedora).

Mons
 
Old 02-11-2009, 07:17 AM   #10
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LinuxMint is Ubuntu based, and has a few more user-friendly features, especially Inet oriented.

A bit more flash, too.
 
Old 02-12-2009, 01:35 PM   #11
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Talking

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LinuxMint is Ubuntu based, and has a few more user-friendly features, especially Inet oriented.

A bit more flash, too.
But the default theme is GREEN!
eeeewwwwww

 
Old 02-12-2009, 02:21 PM   #12
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Green > Brown
 
Old 02-12-2009, 03:52 PM   #13
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If you want to really learn Linux,have the patience, and don't need all your computer's features immediately,(ROFLMAO) you can't go wrong with Slackware. SlamD64 for the 64 bit.

Ace
 
Old 02-12-2009, 04:02 PM   #14
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) ...you can't go wrong with Slackware. SlamD64 for the 64 bit.
I still think that's a better suggestion to try after a six moths period with an easy-to-get-started-with distro, rather than now.

BTW, the title of this thread, Which is the Best linux for Desktop seems to assume that there is one. I'm pretty sure that there isn't a best linux for desktop.
 
Old 02-12-2009, 04:09 PM   #15
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Good point. I started with Slack 9 and quit LOL. Then tried Linix Mint for a couple months and then came back to Slack 12.0
 
  


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