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Old 07-05-2009, 05:35 PM   #16
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Nobody ever seems to give it any credit, but Mandriva is a breeze.

I first ditched windows and went to Mandriva as my first ever linux distro just over a year ago, and I've tried others with KDE(since I love KDE 4), and the only two I've liked are Mandriva and suse, and suse is harder I think.

Go download a Mandriva livecd and give it a shot, you'll like it.
Old 07-05-2009, 11:40 PM   #17
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A while ago, when I borked my system with a sloppy upgrade from Sarge to Etch (which are versions of Debian), I tried PCLinuxOS, and it is quite easy. The forums are helpful, too. Another good one is Freespire, or, if you're willing to part with some money, then Xandros is quite easy too (there is a free 30 day trial). I used SuSE years ago (it was my second distro, after having used Corel), and it was good (see openSUSE). Mandriva is also renowned as an easy distro, as is Mepis.

Mepis, Freespire, Xandros, and Ubuntu are all based upon Debian; so, if you're looking for something more different (from Ubuntu), then perhaps either Mandriva, PCLinuxOS, or OpenSUSE would be worth looking into.
Old 07-05-2009, 11:54 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by WillingToLikeLinux View Post
Ubuntu completely disabled my USB drive. I can't control the permission setting and all the files are read-only all because of the input-output error that is very vulnerable in Ubuntu.

I heard that this is very common in Ubuntu but not in other distros. Even my friend who used Ubuntu several months ago encounter the same thing and it completely broke his brand new USB drive. Now he is using SUSE instead after his Ubuntu misadventure.
Never had any issues with USB disks. Using it with both USB flashdisks and USB harddisks.

Do you have any links ?

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Old 07-06-2009, 01:18 AM   #19
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