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Old 02-04-2006, 02:23 PM   #1
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HELP! There are so many Distros


As I said in my intro,
I am interested in digital stills, video and audio editing. Does it mean I can use any Distro to do that kind of work provided it suits my personal requirements........or are some Distros better than others for those specific applications?

I need help please.

Des Kinsman
Old 02-04-2006, 02:29 PM   #2
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We really should make a sticky for this if we haven't already.
Most distros are all purpose and will fit all of your requirements just fine. There isn't really a distribution that I have heard of that specializes in video editing. It would be easy enough to install something like Mandriva or SUSE and then install all of your video editing apps. I'd recommend such a distro anyway, since any distros developed specifically for anything would likely suffer from lack of high-quality development.
Old 02-04-2006, 03:06 PM   #3
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What is more interesting is your hardware specifications?

Most if not all of the distributions will cover your needs, only difference is the packagename(s), and the handling.

If you are new to Linux I would say:
1: SuSe 10 eval
2: Mandriva 2006 free
3: Fedora core 4

They will cover the above needs you are specifying, and most important: They will find & install your hardware, giving you the chance to learn Linux from the inside

And offcourse: If you have the time you could always read some reviews:

Good luck & have fun

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Old 02-04-2006, 03:42 PM   #4
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Standard Answer

There are far too many variables, not least of which is what you want to do and your own personal tastes, to give any meaningful answer. The standard answer should be to download a bunch of live CDs for various distros. That way you can try them out without installing. This will give you a better base from which to start your exploration of Linux. Check the Download Linux link from that main menu of this site and grab a bunch of live CD distros. Boot directly from the CD and see which ones you like.
Old 02-05-2006, 04:36 AM   #5
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Another idea might be to try a Linux Distribution Chooser tool, like one at (or just google the capitalised words to find many others). I've found this to be pretty accurate with its suggestions.

But again, I'd like to emphasize that you can't go far wrong with any of the modern distros. From a technical standpoint they'll all be fine for what you want to do, so it really comes down to personal taste and feel. Don't be afraid to try a few out (perhaps Live CDs will help?) before settling.
Old 02-05-2006, 06:19 AM   #6
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Hi Everyone

Thanks again for your willingness to help me.

I don't know if I have done the right thing or not but I found a copy of Ubuntu.......I got rid of XP and installed the eager to get started.... I feel I do not want to run in tandum just simply because I prefer not to have the opportunity to chicken out when the going may get tough and revert back to XP. I know at the moment I am void of the software I normally use but I don't mind being without until I get sorted. Does that make any sense?

I will take your suggestions of trying various Live Distros to find one which suits me best......trouble is I may choose one which is closest to the system I have been using for years but that may not be the best in the long run.

At my age I feel I need one with the shallowist of learning curves but at the same time do everything I that too much to ask? I have a hunch that if that was the case many more people would move away from Mr Bates so it probably isn't as easy as all that.

Des Kinsman
Old 02-05-2006, 09:27 AM   #7
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No dual-boot: I did this a work, and kept a Windows laptop as a crutch. Home is still dual-boot. A few things are still difficult in Linux, so it all depends on your needs.
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Old 02-05-2006, 04:07 PM   #8
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Is there a application that might get Desk going? I myself am curious as well. I haven't even been able to play a DVD yet. Audio seems pretty workable with the apps that came with my version of SuSE though.
Old 02-06-2006, 04:43 AM   #9
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you want this:

If you want audio/video editing-you need the Planet CCRMA packages! Install the CCRMA kernel, and then run the commands to install the video and audio apps!

Old 02-06-2006, 11:18 AM   #10
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Don't Fiddle With Alien

The ccrma install is by RPMs. If Desk is runnung ubuntu he'll have to use alien to install - very problematical. It might work - but it might not. Telling a complete newbie to install using alien might send him off into a bad experience.

Desk, if you're not hung up on ubuntu, download and install Fedora Core 4 instead. RPMs supported and installing ccrma won't be any problem.

But ccrma isn't the only way. You can download Automatix from the ubuntu forum. This can install the video and audio play-back and editing software you want.

As you can tell from my profile, I personally think either ubuntu or FC4 would be a good choice - but play around and you decide what's best for you.


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