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Old 01-31-2009, 10:27 AM   #1
Bjorne
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A distro that actually works?


Hello!

I was first using Kubuntu 8.04 which worked great on my MacBook and amd64 PC. Then 8.10 came which DIDDLED everything up. Wireless networking doesnt work on my MacBook unless I sit on top of the router, and once it drops it can never connect again until I reboot.
On my PC I had other issues with sound and graphics.

I decided to change to Fedora, as I knew Ubuntu 8.04 worked it must be some distro that would work. The problem in Fedora was that only one program can play audio at the same time due to PulseAudio - an error many users have and no one can solve (Ive tried all the fixes).
Also, my MacBook cant log into any Desktop Environment as it crashes and the graphics driver has a bug preventing OpenGL support.

I am now running Windows and wondering if anyone knows a distro that could work for me.
I consider myself good at Linux having used it for years, but I don't want to use Gentoo or anything that requires me to maintain the system all the time. When I was 17 that was fun but being at the university now I want something that uses KDE (preferably with 4.2 packages), and does what it's supposed to.

Ive heard openSUSE is good, can anyone confirm this? Is YaST still as slow as it used to be?
I also had a look at Arch Linux, but it seems too require much configruation.

I'd really appreciate your help :

Thanks

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Old 01-31-2009, 10:40 AM   #2
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Have you tried PCLinuxOS ??

I've been using it for about two years now without any problems.
 
Old 01-31-2009, 11:02 AM   #3
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Check out Absolute Linux. It is slackware based and once you set it up it just works.
 
Old 01-31-2009, 11:07 AM   #4
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I've had very good luck with both Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10. 8.10 works 100% out of the box for me except for the network drivers which aren't hard to fix. My suggestion would be to stick with a clean install of 8.10 and figure out how to resolve the issues you're having -- once you get them fixed, it's pretty solid. This was not the case with previous versions of Ubuntu, it used to be a god-awful can of shit.

Post here what you have for wireless hardware / drivers, if that's your only issue, and maybe someone (maybe I) can help you get it working better.

Fedora is, I have found, generally speaking, a messier distribution. I haven't actually ever tried SuSE, but it's owned by Novell. So you might as well run Windows or SunOS or something. Don't mean to flame the suse fanboys here -- as I said, I've never used it -- nay, even ever seen it running.

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Old 01-31-2009, 11:39 AM   #5
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Thanks for your answers I'm actually considering Arch Linux. Of what I understand it trades off simplicity with "features".

That is you can use binary packages through "Pacman" and use gentoo style compiles by "Arch Build System" if you need a new driver or version.

Has anyone tried it?

Thanks :
 
Old 01-31-2009, 11:41 AM   #6
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Slackware or slamd64.

Also, for every issue, there is a solution.
 
Old 01-31-2009, 01:33 PM   #7
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Bjorne;

Please watch the language---this is a G-Rated show.

thanks
 
Old 01-31-2009, 03:09 PM   #8
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Yes, I'm a fanboy, but I had been through a few distros (and I've experimented, via VirtualBox), with many others, but, seriously, if you have any kind of "aptitude" with Linux, as you say you do, then nothing beats Slackware.

I'm the "Computer Guy", as I'm sure many of us are - you know, the guy everyone turns to when things run amiss, and still today, I'm called on to "fix" Windows, though I haven't personally used it, at all, in 5 years.

When someone wants a ground-up install, I install Slackware. When someone wants a replacement, I install Slackware. When I have to "fix" a Windows PC, I strongly suggest a switch to Slackware. Until I used Slackware, I would never strongly suggest a Windows user switch to Mandrake/iva, Fedora, Ubuntu, etc.

So, yes, I recommend Slackware, in case you hadn't picked up on it....

cheers,
 
Old 01-31-2009, 03:29 PM   #9
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Quote:
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Hello!

I was first using Kubuntu 8.04 which worked great on my MacBook and amd64 PC. Then 8.10 came which DIDDLED everything up.
Slackware. Or you could attempt to downgrade to ubuntu 8.04 (after all, it worked).
 
Old 02-02-2009, 01:52 PM   #10
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Ive heard openSUSE is good, can anyone confirm this? Is YaST still as slow as it used to be?
As of 11.1, Yast has had some general clean-up attention (which has affected appearance more than performance), but package management has been completely reworked. Wheras installing packages was always, at the very least, clunky and downright tedious if you had lots of repos cionfigured, it is now competetive with the best (and given how good the synaptic/.deb system was, that is a leap forwards).

OTOH there are some irritants; KDE 4 still isn't completely ready (errr, but whether you should blame SuSE for that is another matter); it is usable (for the first time; the previous KDE 4.0x wasn't, for me). And for me, install was bad (loads of little things to fix after install), I think because I upgraded rather than blow the previous SuSE install away and do a clean install. Possibly.

I think there is still a tendency for SuSE to take two or three releases to settle after a big change, like completely reworking package management, but apart from that, it does the job, with a few irritants.
 
Old 02-02-2009, 11:03 PM   #11
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Slackware - set it up and forget it - It's easy.
 
Old 02-03-2009, 09:35 PM   #12
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I've tried just about everything and ended up with Slack.
Slack is where I'll stay.
 
Old 02-04-2009, 02:34 AM   #13
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Face it .. Linux is for geeks who like to tinker and have fun with challenges. It's NOT for the average user at all, and there are no PERFECT distros. I like to program and tinker and live and breath technology, etc. That's why I use Linux, plain and simple.

 
Old 02-04-2009, 04:31 AM   #14
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There is no perfect distro, and what some people find works for them, others dont. Point is, that there isn't much point taking someones advice on the issue, unless they have the EXACT same hardware.

The only way it to try them yourself and stick with one that works.

My advice is, try to avoid upgrading all the time. It seems to break things a lot.

But Puppy Linux
 
Old 02-04-2009, 05:16 AM   #15
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Face it .. Linux is for geeks who like to tinker and have fun with challenges. It's NOT for the average user at all, and there are no PERFECT distros. I like to program and tinker and live and breath technology, etc. That's why I use Linux, plain and simple.

This is a myth/bullshit. Anyone interested can learn linux and anyone can use it. People that aren't interested, or too lazy to learn something should keep away from computers in general. Besides, there is no average user.
 
  


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