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Old 01-20-2008, 02:38 AM   #1
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which linux for me


i need linux to do my c programs in GCC compiler
and also i want to play all my media files

pls tell me which linux distro is bettr for me
and also which media players or softwares are better
for playing allmost all type of media files (in gnome and in kde)

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Old 01-20-2008, 03:37 AM   #2
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Slackware Linux

MPlayer, Xine, VLC, and others ... take your pick for what you want to play. Only thing I've had trouble playing is VCDs, and Xine can be tricked into playing them most of the time. You'll need to search around this fellow's stuff for some Slackware information, and some packages that aren't included in the official Slackware distribution. Particularly useful are the packages in his restricted packages for a MPlayer package, and libdvdcss and such so that you can get by those worrisome patented software issues.
 
Old 01-20-2008, 05:12 AM   #3
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pls tell me which linux distro is bettr for me
Everybody will give you different answer to this. I'm using OpenSUSE and think its ok, but I know that many people are happy with Ubuntu or Fedora.
Once you start to use distro you will most likely stay with this (or you have some reasons to change, like I had when I moved from Fedora to OpenSUSE).

If you are beginner I strongly advise you to use popular distro (like OpenSUSE, Ubuntu or Fedora). You will get more information about them.
More books, more users ready to help you.

Everything you described you can do with (almost) every distro.

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Old 01-20-2008, 06:31 AM   #4
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start with anything in the top 5 on the Distrowatch "hit list". See also "getting started" below.
 
Old 01-20-2008, 10:51 PM   #5
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Along with other distributions that have multimedia already set up, it will choose the appropriate application if you open a file browser and click on a multimedia file.
 
Old 01-21-2008, 02:39 AM   #6
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will this xine player comes slackware 12 installation????
 
Old 01-21-2008, 02:57 AM   #7
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Any of the mainstream distribution suits you, just pick your favourite. I'll add that unlike some others, in Ubuntu (using Gnome desktop) if you open a media file that needs a missing codec, the program (I'll refer to Totem here) asks if you would like it to search the codec for you. Clicking yes starts the search, and in most cases the file starts playing without trouble in a moment, without you needing to do much codec-hunting yourself. For some more rare formats mplayer or VLC player might be needed, but the daily formats should start playing by just (double-)clicking on them.

GCC is available for every distribution too, but in some of the "big" distributions it might not be installed by default. Ubuntu, for example, doesn't - but all it really takes to get it is to open Synaptic, select built-essential package and hit Apply, wait a moment and start compiling. Same procedure on the other distributions as well, only the front-end to the packaging system varies.

This has nothing to do with the thread itself, but it appears that Microsoft has released a (stripped-down, but) cost-free version of it's Visual Studio. No, you won't get the whole thing for free, but you can select one component, like Visual C++, and install that free of charge. Funny as it may be, I still prefer Gnu Compiler Collection and an editor of my choice, even when working on a Windows machine - though often I just run a secure shell to a remote machine, rather than try to put gcc on Windows..
 
Old 01-21-2008, 03:38 AM   #8
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will this xine player comes slackware 12 installation????
Yes:
Code:
mingdao@silas:~$ xine --version
This is xine (X11 gui) - a free video player v0.99.5.
(c) 2000-2007 The xine Team.
 
Old 01-21-2008, 09:04 AM   #9
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i found PcLinuxOS 2007
which is only a cd
and has many multimedia packages
does anybody know that gcc comes with it?
and anybody tell how i get it?
does any tech magazines that recently published has PcLinuxOS in their disks
 
Old 01-21-2008, 09:45 AM   #10
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recently
i found PcLinuxOS 2007
which is only a cd
and has many multimedia packages
does anybody know that gcc comes with it?
and anybody tell how i get it?
does any tech magazines that recently published has PcLinuxOS in their disks
gcc is available for all distros. It is almost always installed by default but, if not, it is easy to add using the package manager.

The normal way to get any distro is to download it an burn to a CD.
http://www.pclinuxos.com/index.php?o...iles&Itemid=28
 
Old 01-21-2008, 09:49 AM   #11
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Along with SimplyMepis, PCLinuxOS is a fine first distribution.
 
Old 01-21-2008, 10:00 AM   #12
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Fedora?

I intend for this reply to answer a question or questions you did not ask.

Unless you need the latest features for whatever reason, I'd steer away from Fedora. The Fedora support forums are quite good, and by using them I was able to navigate around some configuration problems I had.

Fedora has very aggressive release schedules, and I was surprised to learn that updates for Fedora 6 stopped late last year. Eventually, I will have to rebuild a test system with something other than Fedora that will be supported longer.

As to distributions, it depends on what you want to do with Linux as well as compiling your C programs. There are distros like Ubuntu, MEPIS, and CentOS that appear to be well supported with updates and have large user forums.

Personally, I like Ubuntu, and one of my test machines is configured with plain, old, out-of-the-box Ubuntu 7.10, with server options downloaded. I won't put Ubuntu on other test machines though, because our production machines are RH EL 4, and I want to keep the Linux environments as close in look and feel as possible for ease of system administration. CentOS would be my choice in that case, because other than branding CentOS uses the RH EL distributables.

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Old 01-22-2008, 02:26 AM   #13
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i cannot download linux becoz i have only dialup connection in home
and in cafe there is only 60 to 100 kbps. so if PLinuxOS comes with
any tech magazines i can take it from our collage library.
mags like digit,linuxforyou,linuxjournal etc.
 
Old 01-22-2008, 05:56 AM   #14
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There are many, many companies selling Linux CDs. Some of them advertise on Distrowatch. Also, Ubuntu will send you a CD free.

I have seen the magazines with all the major distros---you just have to wait for a particular one to come around.

Also, a local LUG (Linux Users Group) might have something.
 
  


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