Originally Posted by Elzix
All the commands are working.. Too bad FC4 does not know what ntfs is.. I'll have to get FC6.. Use for a while.. then try out Kubuntu 6.06 and Madriva 2007, see which is best for multimedia and games..
Of course FC4 does know about ntfs (after # yum install kernel-module-ntfs-$(uname -r)
). What are you doing to mount the ntfs partition?
Your main problem with fedora will be that it goes out of date quite quickly, but has the advantage that it comes with everything.
Check out: www.fedorafaq.org/fc4
Kubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake Is a nice choice but relies heavily on network access... unless you order the complete set of CDs of course.
Check out: http://easylinux.info/wiki/Ubuntu_Dapper
(For ubuntu but will work for kubuntu as well.)
Mandriva 2007 is one I've personally only had headaches from. However, there is a helpful community with repos and so forth like the other two, so you needn't take my word for it. I gather that adherence to Free Software ideology is somewhat more relaxed than, say, fedora.
Multimedia is about the same for all these distros. Free multimedia is enabled by default.
mp3's won't play - you must install a plugin or convert your music to ogg/vorbis format.
mpeg video won't play - as above. The program you need is ffmpeg2theora.
you won't be able to play encrypted dvds either - you need libdvdcss and xine.
Games is much the same for each ... while there are a large number of native linux games, most must be ported or run under some form of emulation (or cedega) which doesn't come with the distro.
You may also want to consider: openSUSE (another everything distro but doesn't go legacy as fast as fedora) and SimplyMepis (which has very relaxed attitudes about proprietary stuff.)
Also - take a look at the distro chooser. http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/