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Old 04-18-2009, 08:37 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,

Basically the reason for this post is because im kinda getting tired of using vista and i want to be able to explore Linux. I'm interested in recommendations on a Linux release that is very beginner user friendly and also has an advanced side to it. A couple of other things that im currently looking for in the release is for it to be able to detect my wireless connection to the internet, to detect my video card which is an Ati x800xt, Be able to play my mp3s and be able to scan thru my jpg wallpapers i have saved, and last but not least to let me be able to burn iso and img files. I would prefer to run Nero in Linux if its possible to be able to burn these files otherwise can somebody recommend another one just like it for Linux. Apart from that the only other thing that i use on a daily basis is Firefox and from what i have seen you can run it on Firefox, so that wont be a problem. And before i forget I would also like to install on Linux vuze for downloads if its possible. Can anybody recommend a good Linux distro for me thats not totally easy mode so i can break my head also sometimes and figure stuff on my own, and that ill be able to do the stuff that ive stated on a daily basis. Also I would like to get one that easy to install and deinstall later if i decide, cause i really don't want to have two partitions, i just want to completely wipe out vista and then just have plain Linux, and when i want to get rid of Linux ill just install vista again. Hope to hear from everybody, Thanks for reading this and I hope I didn't sound too much of a noob.
Old 04-18-2009, 08:56 PM   #2
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Visit and have a look at the list of distributions on the right. Pick any one.
Yes, you can use Nero if you want to but you will have to order it from their home page. Personally, I have been using brasero lately. It is rather basic but it does all that I need to do. You could also use K3b which has more options. Both of those should be available from the software repositories that are managed by your distro.
None of the other things you mention should be a problem. They will work out of the box or, again, you will need to install a few extra packages from the repositories.
As for having only one partition, I would not do that. Linux can be quite addictive and there are so many distro to explore. I remember running no less than twelve on a single computer back in my novice days. In short, you may want to reserve some free space.
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As a linux convert I always suggest to first try live cd's such as Knoppix or ubuntu first before a hd install.

It is very common to have issues with the wireless card. Many don't work out of the box.
Old 04-18-2009, 09:43 PM   #4
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Go with Ubuntu SE 8.04
Best out there and great visuals!
Old 04-18-2009, 10:14 PM   #5
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"In 2009, people new to Linux should use Ubuntu."

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Old 04-18-2009, 10:35 PM   #6
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No wonder you're bored of Vista

User friendly but with an advanced side to it? I guess the desiring of "an advanced side to it" explains why you've grown tired of Vista -- apparently, from their commercials, this Operating System is geared toward four year olds. You shouldn't worry, though. From what I gather, they're gearing toward the older crowd of seven year olds with their next release, aptly named "Windows 7".

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Look at 'The LiveCD List' to get a distribution to play with. Be sure to burn the image of the 'ISO' that you download.

This link and others are available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
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Pick one, install it, and go from there.


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