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Old 10-21-2005, 10:24 AM   #1
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Linspire vs. Fedora


I tried Fedora. It was okay, mostly lacking in user-friendliness (not automounting, messy software package setup, non-intuitive commands and (in some spots) interface, running a screen saver and mounting CDs didn't work for me, etc.). I switched to Linspire and was blown away by the awesome presentation, how-to video tutorials, clean software packaging and management, vastly improved interface, no need to recompile the kernel all the time (a BIG PLUS), and more. Then I started digging, and I found it to be somewhat... not Linux. The directory structure was a confusing mix of Linux and the MS My Computer/My Documents idea. Some bash commands seems to be different. The implementation of user accounts seems to be different.

Can someone more familiar with Linux and Linspire better explain the differences between, say, Fedora and Linspire? I'm trying to decide which to use.

I also have found the community support for Fedora better than professional or community support for Linspire. Congrats!
 
Old 10-21-2005, 10:48 AM   #2
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Hello and welcome to LQ, Luke!

Glad to see that you are taking an objective look into what distro will be right for you, trying them out instead of starting a pointless "which distro" thread.

I have not tried either, but I have used redhat in the past (grr- hate RPM) and I have heard that linspire can be very windows like.

umm... check out this "personality" quiz- it told me what distro I DO use. it might help you find something to research about.
http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/

hope this helps.

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Old 10-21-2005, 11:28 AM   #3
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Thanks. The quiz recommended MEPIS or Kubuntu. Perhaps I'll try them both. MEPIS looks especially intiguing.

Besides learning Linux for personal use, I'd like to eventually know it well enough to deploy it across the library system I work for (Microsoft's been f*cking us long enough - it's time to f*ck them back). Mostly for patron catalog access PCs and "public access" PCs used for internet surfing and office applications. Perhaps eventually for staff and servers, too. So, the distro best for home use may not be the best distro to deploy across a library system.

Can anybody who has used both compare Linspire and Fedora better than I can?
 
Old 10-21-2005, 11:36 AM   #4
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a little anecdote that might be useful for you: I was in charge of a small Internet cafe at a conference, the older people (used to windows) steered clear of the knoppix I had set up- (stupid XP had problems) but others used it, no problems at all.

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Old 10-21-2005, 12:23 PM   #5
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I'm sure you already know this, but just in case. Linspire used to be called Lindows. It's purpose, as near as I can tell, was to emulate the Windows environment to give a familiar face to Windows users on top of a Linux platform. That explains the mix of Linux and Windows like directory structures.

Fedora, which seems to be doing me pretty well so far, is a Redhat project to use only completely open source modules in the distro and is thus more naturally "Linux like".
 
Old 10-22-2005, 12:13 AM   #6
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Some of your issues with FC maybe due to some faulty install discs. I have NEVER had issues with automounting of anything, thumbdrive, cds, camera etc. Maybe be worth a second look. Also Fedora is not meant to be the perfect beginner distro. Some things do have to configured by hand if you are used to windows. This also forces your to learn some key commands. The best tutorial on these I found is here: http://stanton-finley.net/fedora_cor...ion_notes.html Best of luck whatever your choice.
 
Old 10-22-2005, 08:13 AM   #7
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Thanks, that's a very useful document. Yes, I'd like to really learn Linux well which is why I'm tempted to use Fedora even if I'm having difficulty mounting the CD drive, getting screensavers to work, and more.
 
Old 10-24-2005, 05:22 AM   #8
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Your screensaver issue might be related 3D acceleraltion for the OpenGL screensavers. If you have a Nvidia grapics card have you installed the Nvidia drivers for your card?

The other issue could be to do with power management, if you use your screen saver to trigger a sleep mode. Turn off APM features (especially for a desktop).

For a screen saver I use the simple slide show screensaver and set it to access a directory of saved wallpapers from my Windows partiton. With nearly 2000 wallpapers, it makes for a very interesting screen saver and doesn't need openGL.
 
Old 10-31-2005, 08:26 PM   #9
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As a long time redhat/fedora user I find that things such as automounting are very frustrating. I assume you are using the default desktop of gnome. You might try kde, I have sometimes used knoppix, which uses kde and found that it automounts both floppies and CDs at insertion. In fedora gnome try the usermount program hat->run application-> type usermount , or make it a launcher on the desktop, as I did. You may need to alter /etc/fstab as root and change the optionowner to users (in the lines relating to the floopy and the cdrom.)
Happy computing, Kurt
 
Old 11-01-2005, 01:30 AM   #10
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Can someone more familiar with Linux and Linspire better explain the differences between, say, Fedora and Linspire? I'm trying to decide which to use.
My advice on trying and deciding between distributions is always to try to use them both. You will start favoring one over the other either from ease of use or features you prefer.
Fedora is definately going to have more features, but some exploration and reading may be needed.
Linspire is quite nice and is still Linux. It could win for ease of use depending on your wants. It has a smaller distro specific package list than Fedora, Mandriva, or Suse. The focus of Linspire packages is not the same as many other distributions. The focus of Linspire in general is not the same as other Linux distributions. This is not all bad.
Personally I feel free to read various posts about different distributions and try what I want.
Good Luck.
 
  


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