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Old 01-27-2010, 07:51 PM   #1
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Good sugestions for a stable easy and configurable ubuntu or debian-like distribution

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Well, I have a pretty modern laptop, hp compact dv2000. Recently, Ive become involved with Linux.
I also have a wubi version of kubuntu, works great.
I recently tried Mint 8, and in its frequent problems, I choose to stop. I was duel booting with vista, and it wouldn't give me the option in grub.
So I tried deleting all data in its partition. And the partition. Then I tried Debian. It works pretty well, but I don't have access to booting vista, or some of my drivers. I cant even mount my C drive.
Now I don't know what to do, trouble shoot my debian, or try something else, I have Fedora or slackware in mind. This laptop is my little experiment but I would like to keep all of my stuff and have it fully functional. I would love something easy to config. With the standard ubuntu proprietary driver finder.

Mint was very good, except I had troubles with some power configuration that I couldnt even access. Also, It crashed, and I coldnt boot anything from grub.

Preferably KDE, Ive have problems with Gnome.

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Old 01-27-2010, 08:09 PM   #2
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The best KDE distros I've tried so are OpenSuse 11.2 and Mandriva 2010.
They are nowhere near Debian like though. Maybe you can try out PCLinuxOS, at least it uses Synaptics.

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Old 01-27-2010, 08:31 PM   #3
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I suggest sticking with one distro for a while and trying to work through the configuration problems. You will learn more about Linux that way than if you give up and reinstall every time something goes slightly wrong. It sounds like you had a good experience with Kubuntu so I suggest that as a starting point.
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Good idea. Im going to pursue mint. Grub will be my next issue, so could you guys stay posted if I need help? Very much appreciated.


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