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Old 04-29-2010, 02:04 AM   #1
kumar116
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Smile Which Linux is good enough


Sir...I am Kumar from India.so far I am using XP windows 2002 ser.pack-1 from last 7 years.Now I am interested in Unix based OS i.e Linux as I need some shell programming languages.And also I wish to install a Linux which
supports all Multimedia files like Audio:WAV,MP3,AC3,AAC,OGG etc;,Video:AVI
MPEG,DVD,DIVX,MKV,WMV,RMVB,M2TS,BLU-RAY ETC;,.
So Please suggest me one Linux OS that supports my requirement.
And also tell me where to get installation ISO or equvalant.My system configuration is as follows#
Microsoft Windows XP Ver 2002 Ser.Pack 1
Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5300 @2.60GHz
1.00GB RAM
Thank U sir.........
 
Old 04-29-2010, 04:56 AM   #2
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Most modern Linux distributions will do what you ask, so go ahead and pick one up to see what it looks like. You can't make a bad decision, because you won't know which ones are "better" than others before you try them all out, and that's because their relative "betterness" depends on your personal feelings. Technically they all do (and can be done to do) what you asked.

For scripting you could also take a look at cygwin if you'd like to work on Windows.

EDIT: you'll naturally find the installation media (images, usually iso files) from the home pages of the distributions. In addition, see DistroWatch and LQ ISOs.

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Old 04-29-2010, 05:31 AM   #3
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Hi,

Download as many LiveCDs as you can and try them out. If you find one that you like, you can install it to your harddisk. Also, keep in mind that you can use whichever you like and 'change' it to your needs.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 04-29-2010, 10:02 AM   #4
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Moved to Linux--Newbie

You might be interested in http://distrowatch.com

Start with anything in the top ten or so on their "hit list" (Exception: I do not recommend Arch for beginners.)
 
Old 04-29-2010, 10:41 AM   #5
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Hello Kumar, I absolutely agree with the posts above... there are many Linux distros, and it is really a matter of personal preference. Distrowatch is a good place to start research.

What nobody has mentioned yet is that most distros do NOT include all of the multimedia codecs in the default install. This is for legal and philosophical reasons (many codecs are considered proprietary or "non-free" software). But you can install the codecs yourself after install. For example, in Ubuntu, you can install the "ubuntu-restricted-extras" package to get them all in one easy step.

There are a few popular distros that do include multimedia codecs, if you are opposed to installing them yourself. I believe Mint and Sabayon are the two most popular in this category.

Good luck!

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Old 04-29-2010, 11:38 AM   #6
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although i havent used it i hear that linux-mint has most media codecs installed by default because they are headquartered out of the country and the fbi cant force them to remove the mpaa patented stuff.

but it should be trivial to install codecs and media players on any modern linux distro.
 
Old 04-29-2010, 12:56 PM   #7
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although i havent used it i hear that linux-mint has most media codecs installed by default because they are headquartered out of the country and the fbi cant force them to remove the mpaa patented stuff.

but it should be trivial to install codecs and media players on any modern linux distro.
Right, and that's why preinstalled codecs are hardly a reason as such to choose one distribution over the others.
 
Old 04-29-2010, 03:23 PM   #8
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why are SO many using a NOT updated version "Microsoft Windows XP Ver 2002 Ser.Pack 1"
- counterfeit xp installs --
there are SO many holes in that
no wonder we have so many spam zombie boxes out there
 
  


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