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Old 02-07-2007, 03:52 PM   #1
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Which Linux distributions are best for what, and which is best all around?

I like Ubuntu and Knoppix, but both are tricky with media.
I have two DVD drives (one with lightscribe), a TV tuner, and use the internet a lot. What distro is better than the ones I have, for free?

I love OSX, but I have windows XP, I had vista about 4 months ago.
Old 02-07-2007, 04:03 PM   #2
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All the major distros are equally good. Any that weren't would no longer be major distros. If you think about it a little bit, you'll realize why this is such an irritating, and foolish question.

Each of us gravitates to the distro most suitable for our comfort and personality.
Old 02-07-2007, 04:03 PM   #3
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Cross Linux from Scratch is the best for everything and Gentoo is second best. That's my opinion and that's all you're ever gonna get with this question.
Old 02-07-2007, 04:46 PM   #4
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The best way to find out which distros are good for you and your hardware is to try a few of the popular ones and then stick with the one that works better than the rest or one that you really like.
Old 02-08-2007, 04:02 AM   #5
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All major Linux distros are free (except if you want support)

The easiest for media I've ever seen is Ubuntu (certainly due to it's great packet management system, which is childplay to use), but my system has been tailored so that every component is Linux friendly ... Maybe your hardware is less easy to recognize for the system ...
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Thats like asking "Whats the best flavour of crisps" chips if you live in the usa
Old 02-08-2007, 11:17 PM   #7
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for newby friendly, i had the best luck with PCLOS.
second choice UBUNTU. good on old machines too.

best on old machines. Puppy or Dsl.

really though, you need to first assess your
requirements. Are you a total newbie or have played
around some on linux? Is your machine fairly new
or old? For what purpose do you mainly use it?

different distro's for different needs.


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