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Old 02-28-2007, 12:25 PM   #16
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There's nothing wrong with 6.06, if you just want a rock solid system and don't care for the latest programs. - It will still get updates for another two or three years.
 
Old 03-08-2007, 02:34 AM   #17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Elzix
Thanks all..

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Your main problem with fedora will be that it goes out of date quite quickly, but has the advantage that it comes with everything.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 and www.mjmwired.net

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/
 
Old 04-06-2007, 01:35 PM   #18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Elzix
Thanks all..

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..

neither does FC6. In order for it to work, you need to install ntfs-3g (read/write support for ntfs):

Code:
yum install ntfs-3g
 
Old 04-06-2007, 07:56 PM   #19
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I have noticed the recurring theme of "why can I not do basic things like <insert proprietary reliant function here> in linux without downloading loads of stuff?" -- the reply is alway to trot out the old 'proprietary" argument.

I wonder if perhaps another tack may be better, vis:

What you are asking for is not a basic function of a computer operating system. It is an advanced function. In fact, it is a puzzle to linuxers that Windows dosn't do many basic things out of the box (without third party licences) like install to multiple computers, run on multiple CPUs, run on Power PC or even some common non-basic stuff like write pdf files.

It is a puzzle that windows won't even run properly (or for long) unless you register it. And that it's media content is routinely corrupted with the aim of restricting you playing or copying it as you wish.

We wonder why we cannot access the source code to fix any bugs or annoyances we encounter... doesn't MS want there product to be bug-free?

In other words, come back at them like linux is the norm. What would we expect windows to do which it doesn't, and assert that these are basic functions.

"WMP won't play music - what a piece of rubbish!" when we mean ogg/vorbis

Interestingly the, the equivalent reply would run like this: "ogg/vorbis is a free format which does not support MS DRM and supports open formats. Therefore MS does not encourage it's use. It is possible to download a plugin from MSN which supports this format, or you can convert it to wma format."
 
Old 04-06-2007, 09:44 PM   #20
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