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Old 11-03-2011, 07:05 PM   #1
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Question Choosing a new distro - please hep

I've been using Mandriva 2008.1 and have been very happy with it until I just bought a new machine, without the new system bus drivers I can't configure my LAN card to get on the net and get the new system bus drivers.

I've been browsing around looking at other distros and can't settle on anything so I thought I'd list my requirements and see what some of you can suggest for me.

Intel Chipset
Intel Graphics
alc888 sound card
6 G-bit/s sata drives - AHCI mode
pci 3
usb 3

I really hate my computer losing speed to fancy graphics, I want maximum speed from my processor for editing photos and videos and I don't give a rats what the desktop looks like.

I MUST have "Tree View" in the file manager, I deal with far too many files to waste time going into and back out of pretty looking folders. Dolphin File Manager is the very reason I'm still using a 2008 distro.

I also need seamless user access to drives formatted for Windows and Mac, if that's a default without me having to muck around it would be a bonus.

Any suggestion would be appreciated.


Old 11-04-2011, 12:35 AM   #2
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Have you tried Arch Linux? If not, take a look at it. It has probably the BEST Wiki anywhere:

Installation is a little bit difficult, but, since the Wiki is so great, there is a great installation guide here:

If you decide to give it a try, the hardest part about the installation is getting a GUI - however, it is actually really easy if you follow the steps in the Xorg section at (the drivers for your video card would be xf86-video-intel which is installed like this:

pacman -S xf86-video-intel
Then, to install Gnome, you would simply do this:

pacman -S gnome
It will give you a list of gnome components to install. Just press enter to accept them all.

After gnome is installed, copy all of the files from /etc/skel to your home directory. After that, add the following line to ~/.xinitrc (as your user):

exec ck-launch-session dbus-launch gnome-session
If you don't like Gnome Shell, do this:

Click on your name at the top-right in the gnome-panel and go to System Settings. Scroll to the bottom to System Info, Click on Graphics, and set Forced Fallback Mode to On.

If you do this, you will be amazed at how fast and lightweight your computer can be!

To upgrade Arch, run this:

pacman -Syu
to remove a program, do this:

pacman -Rd program_name
or to remove the program and its dependencies:
pacman -Rs program_name
Let us all know how you like it!
Old 11-04-2011, 02:42 AM   #3
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have a look there:
if your hardware is very new, take a distro with a quite new kernel.
Old 11-04-2011, 04:22 AM   #4
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OpenSuse seems to support late hardware, very well polished distro.
Old 11-04-2011, 04:26 AM   #5
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Debian is also good solution.

Fedora is good too.

Arch is very hard but very powerfull distro.

Try arch before debian and fedora. I'm using Gentoo but if u don't want to spend time in compiling, don't try it
Old 11-04-2011, 12:38 PM   #6
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If you want something very up-to-date (e.g. kernel 3), reasonably stable, and not too much bother, look at Kubuntu and Fuduntu. Fuduntu has just forked from Fedora and is going to stick with Gnome 2 by using RHEL patches when required.
Old 11-04-2011, 02:24 PM   #7
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If you have not been subjected to Gnome 3 yet have a barf bag handy,eat a light meal before hand ,etcetera. Mandriva is a very Finished Distro with DrakeTools and MCC so keep that in mind. With Fedora you have to use Bash commands instead. Fedora is a decent choice though. Not perfect but fits my needs the best. CentOS does not have a big repo so the Packages you need may not be available. I have a full (server) Mandriva 2010 installation and it has been really good. The base Desktop version would not facilitate a media player but the full DVD install is fine, figure that one out. Suse works well has rpm files and is much heavier with the GUI than Mandriva.

What about the latest Mandriva Release?

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Old 11-04-2011, 04:52 PM   #8
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Being a bit biased I prefer Slackware. If you prefer a graphical installer and some dependency handling in the package manager then I would look at OpenSuSE, Debian and Arch Linux, all of which have already been recommended.
Old 11-04-2011, 10:19 PM   #9
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Also check out Mageia 1, a fork of Mandriva since a year ago. It still using Gnome 2 and latest KDE, along with the usual mdv tools.

There is Salix, based on Slackware.


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