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Old 04-09-2006, 02:50 PM   #1
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User friendly


Hello
I've moved out of the nightmare of windows
and am trying to use linux
I've loaded and am running Red Hat 4
but it is just not user friendly enough
continual problems with multi media and getting the various media to play
every time i update I loose something, audio just disappeared this time with the sound card suddenly not seen?

Doubtless all my problems can be addressed by someone who is more knowledgable
but that is just the point,
I need a system that works not one I work on
as to the command line
I really don't want to go back to a DOS type system and most of the "instructions" are simply to advanced for me to follow reducing me to click and pray adventures

I don't do anything with development or high end games
any suggestions as to an OS that is really user friendly
and supports multimedia without endless glitches
and works mostly with a visual interface?

If linux is still at the stage of development where one has to be real tech savy to use it I'll have to go back to windows.

What OS is best for a simple desktop user?
 
Old 04-09-2006, 02:57 PM   #2
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Red Hat FOUR? Install something from the XXI century

I like the way Ubuntu looks, but it can be too hard for newbies.
 
Old 04-09-2006, 03:01 PM   #3
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sorry my mistake Fedora 4
 
Old 04-09-2006, 03:31 PM   #4
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I have heard good things about Mepis and Yoper. Slackware will play all media properly, but will probably be too command-line oriented for a new user.
 
Old 04-09-2006, 03:37 PM   #5
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If you have money, try Linspire. It's the most Windows like Linux. Another option - Xandros. Mepis and Yoper as was said are also good. Yeap, Slackware will 99% play because its users won't give up until they reach what they want.

BTW, great lesson.

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Old 04-09-2006, 03:54 PM   #6
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And always use KDE instead of Gnome.

If you know what I mean
 
Old 04-09-2006, 04:00 PM   #7
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And always use KDE instead of Gnome.

If you know what I mean
No, I don't. Each desktop environment has its own advantages and disadvantages and it's matter of taste. Talking whether kde is better than gnome or vice versa is the same as talking about the best linux distribution.
 
Old 04-09-2006, 04:23 PM   #8
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I wasn't talking about the *best* Desktop Environment, I was talking about the more *Windows like* Desktop Environment.
 
Old 04-10-2006, 01:20 AM   #9
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Hi all, I'm wandering why anyone hasn't suggested Suse or Mandriva, they are quite user friendly, aren't they... I am using Suse and can do almost everything only by clicking in KDE.

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