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Old 12-12-2004, 11:43 AM   #1
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Best Distro for....


I'd like everyone's opinion as to what distro is best for a laptop with the following specs:

AMD Athalon 64 2.0GHz
512MB RAM
60GB HD
ATI Radeon 9700 128MB
802.11 b/g wireless
DVD+-RW
15.4" Ultrabright WXGA TFT display

It'll be used for gaming, a little bit of C programming, engineering apps (matlab, solidworks,...), as a media center, X forwarding, and it'll be switching between many wireless networks. It will be dual booted with Windows XP Pro.

I've am currently using SuSE 9.1 as my linux distribution and like it. I've heard SuSE 9.2 is great for laptops. Recently, though, I've been hearing some bad stuff in the SuSE Distribution portion of LinuxQuestions. I've used Red Hat and Mandrake as well but SuSE has been the easiest to install.
 
Old 12-12-2004, 12:46 PM   #2
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Moved: More suitable in our Distros forum.
 
Old 12-12-2004, 01:22 PM   #3
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At home I use Slackware 10.
At work I have laptop with almost same specs. Have Ubuntu on it.
For laptop would recommend distro that does not need tinkering.
Suse 9.1 Professional (Not 9.2). would also go well.
 
Old 12-12-2004, 01:23 PM   #4
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At home I use Slackware 10.
At work I have laptop with almost same specs. Have Ubuntu on it.
For laptop would recommend distro that does not need tinkering.
Suse 9.1 Professional (Not 9.2). would also go well. for ATI 3D support
 
Old 12-12-2004, 09:04 PM   #5
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Amazing, I always find some reason for the moderators to move my thread. Eh, such is life.

Why not SuSE 9.2? From the stuff I've read on their site 9.2 better supports mobile hardware and apps.
 
Old 12-12-2004, 10:20 PM   #6
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Linux is Linux is Linux ... They're all basically the same.

All picking a distro is about is deciding what package manager and clicky clicky tools you get. Hardware support is handled by the kernel and has nothing to do with the distro -- Well, except distros like Mandrake that include patches in their kernel for every driver hack on the net.... When your distro contains every piece of utter crap that they can include and still have the kernel compile, you should feel dirty for using it.



Oh right ... which distro. I'd suggest FreeBSD on that particular setup. DragonFly is you're pretty savvy.

Last edited by sigsegv; 12-12-2004 at 10:22 PM.
 
Old 12-12-2004, 10:23 PM   #7
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I'd put Gentoo or Slackware on it, but that's just my opinion.
 
Old 12-12-2004, 10:29 PM   #8
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Ubuntu would be my choice on your pc.
 
Old 12-12-2004, 11:12 PM   #9
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Kanotix,since it's basically Debian but with an easier install
 
  


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