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Last Review by mdlinuxwolf - posted: 03-12-2015 10:56 AM
Overall, each of the spins are great to use. I'd recommend using either KDE or MATE if you are just getting started. Cinnamon is also excellent.
Still, there is no master distribution which has all of the popular desktops installed once. PC-BSD, whatever it's advantages or disadvantages, allows you to choose one or as many as close to a dozen different desktops at once during the initial install.
Currently, I'm running mint 17.1 on a HP all in one T23. I removed and gave away the original hard drive and substituted a SSD instead. I also put in the maximum amount of RAM (16 gigs) but left the CPU alone...
... for now!!
It's excellent and linux sees all the hardware on the computer itself. You may or may not have to use a wired USB keyboard or mouse. I haven't tested the ones included in the box.
I was running an ancient version of Fedora 8 on my laptop, (3000 N100 w. 2 gig RAM + Core Duo CPU) Initially, I tried upgrading it with a live version of Fedora 9, but it didn't have any of the features that I wanted.
I tried my first install with the full DVD. The first attempt detected Fedora 9, but wouldn't install any additional features that F8 had & I wanted back. Basically, I didn't want Gnome and did want Open Office.
I tried to run upgrade again & it didn't see any version of Linux at all. So, I did a clean install. Even though this is a DVD that I downloaded the day before and burned, it still needed over 1000 packages upgraded. As of now, I have less then 300 to go.
I'm having more problems getting the wireless printer to work. It doesn't detect printers as easily as F8 did. I still have to decide what version of Adobe Flash I want. I'll probably go ahead and install Flash 9 for now. That should work with youtube !! (Priorities)
The multimedia thing was pretty straight forward. Repeat after me "Livna is your friend." Using Yumex makes life a lot easier for handling the repositories. I recommend mplayer (kmplayer) and VLC. Get them from their websites.
My computer seems to run a little faster as well. The wireless picked up a network that I never even knew existed. No hardware was changed or upgraded.
Still, the true test is how it behaves a month later.
Like I said before, Sabayon isn't quite there yet. Consider it like Alpha or Beta software, for example like an unstable release of Debian. Still, it has a lot of potential and makes a great live CD so long as you don't actually install it. Sabayon is region free when playing a DVD. However, your hardware must also be region free or the picture will have massive distortions. It plays DVD movies out of the box and has most of the multimedia codecs preinstalled.
Since using Sabayon, I tried Fedora 7 on my laptop which is a 3000 N100. It worked very well. The internal sound didn't work, but an external USB sound card did. This card was part of an Altec Lansing headphone and microphone set. After that, I installed Fedora 8, which works perfectly aside from the occassional system lockup.
If you have one of these laptops (3000 N100), give Fedora 8 a try. Install it from the live CD. It even found a wireless HP photo printer by itself.
I just installed SuSE 10.2 on a Lenovo Laptop 3000 N100. It dual boots with Vista Business.
Hint: You have to resize the Vista partition from within Vista or all hell will break loose. Fortunately enough, I knew this going in.
The Lenovo has 2 gigs of 667 speed DDR2 RAM and an Intel Core Duo running at 1.8 Gigahertz. For Vista, this is adequate. For SuSE 10.2, performance is spectacular. By far the fastest machine I've ever owned. The boot screen scrolls so fast you can't even read it.
There are 2 bugs, however. First, if you try to add a source to YaST, it says that the source isn't a source and refuses to use it. It says that everything is a directory even when the URLs are correct.
Second, the sound doesn't work. On Novell's site under the HCL, there is a green check mark with a note that external speakers are bad. Guess what, so is the headphone jack. No sound NADA, fuggetabutit. You can't successfully switch drivers either. YaST will not allow it.
10.3 will have a better sound driver. I will fix it with an upgrade.
One other note: I've tried Linux in quite a few configurations with different file systems. With the Ext type, I've had quite a few freeze ups and stability issues. It works fine for a few months and then... I always recommend that newbies or anyone else use the ReiserFS configuration. Yes, it is also faster as well. Security is excellent.