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Old 11-10-2006, 04:07 PM   #1
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distro choice advice

i am a newb to linux and only a basic to intermeadiate handler of windows. so i need some major help on what distro (& possible software) suits me best

1. easily bootable and installable on iBook g4 (and compatible with the wireless modem on-board)
2. easy to use and attractive internet browser
3. basic dvd media player
4. basic wordproccessor compatible with microsoft works documents
5. windows emulator (only really for my cellphone software and ideally option 6)
6. (not exactly distro related) a hardware/software option that can recieve s-video display it on-screen and output it back out as s-video (real bare-bones would be best i don't need it for editing or burning or anything like that) it can run off the linux distro or (and i would prefer this) the windows emulator within the distro

that's all i dont really need any other software and may prefer against it as my music library (which would be transfered to the cell-phone software) demands some hard drive space this is just so i can explore linux at my own pace while meeting my computer needs now. i have had some time to navigate suse linux 9.0 and enjoyed the experience

thank you for any help i can get that
Old 11-10-2006, 04:13 PM   #2
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Wade through XavierP's Brand New UltraMegaSuper "Which Distro" Thread (which was closed prematurely IMHO). This is the Energizer Bunny question of the GNU/Linux world. It is asked and answered over and over and over ...
Old 11-10-2006, 04:19 PM   #3
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4. MS Works isn't compatible with anything else on the market including MS Office..

Your best bet here is to go into MS works and save your documents in more portable formats..

Text Documenst -> save as rtf
Spreadsheet -> save as Lotus 1 2 3
Database.. Export as Comma seperated value text file..
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well there's a converter for MS Works. Don't remember what it's called. I remember seeing it as a package in a few distros that I've tried.


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