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Old 10-08-2005, 05:14 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a distro that...

Automounts USB drives
Can browse NTFS partitions
Has Gnome, KDE or Enlightenment
Can dual-boot with Window$ XP
Looks good

If anyone has a suggestion THAT IS NOT KNOPPIX OR KANOTIX, I would be really happy.
Old 10-08-2005, 05:20 PM   #2
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Suse Linux does all of the above (all of the SuSE 9.x series, including the current Suse 9.3 Professional).
Old 10-08-2005, 05:33 PM   #3
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I have done all of those things with Mandriva, Fedora Core 4, Slackware, SuSE ... I'd say nearly any of the most popular distros will do all those things. You can configure them to look practically any way you want.
Old 10-08-2005, 05:34 PM   #4
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Are you talking right out of the box without editing a thing?
Because any linux install can do what you asked

Automounts USB drives /etc/fstab even use udev and mount based on serial number

Can browse NTFS partitions add feature to kernel and mount partition type ntfs read/write
Has Gnome, KDE or Enlightenment most do
Can dual-boot with Window$ XP grub/lilo
Old 10-08-2005, 05:36 PM   #5
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Mandriva will also do all of the above.

And I'm posting this before anyone else does: every distro will do everything you want in your list. Some will need more manual intervention than others.
Old 10-08-2005, 06:04 PM   #6
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Pick any distro, install it, and configure the features you want.
Old 10-08-2005, 06:14 PM   #7
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Originally posted by XavierP
Mandriva will also do all of the above.

And I'm posting this before anyone else does: every distro will do everything you want in your list. Some will need more manual intervention than others.
I agree with that X. I don't know of any Distro that cannot do all that is proposed on the OP's list. It's all a matter or preference...

Old 10-08-2005, 08:04 PM   #8
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Ubuntu is meant to be pretty good
Old 10-08-2005, 09:08 PM   #9
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well my exopericnce with Ubuntu is that is is riddled with corrupt ISo images and thrforte allmost impossable to install.... allthouygh from using a live CD it douse seem to be quite user freindly

i have also used slackware 9.1 and though i got a grub error 17 teh first time it installed i coudl use a boot disk to get in and i loved it...
however i reinstalled to try and fix the grub error as tehre was no grub.conf file at all and now i cant even boot, same error but my new bootdisk jsut says boot failed
am now downloading slackware 10.2 (takes ages even with 512k dsl)
so im stuck with writing tis on my windows box at the moment... (which has an alarmingly high crash rate)
Old 10-08-2005, 09:37 PM   #10
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ubuntu can do everything listed but gnome is default the others are in synaptic package manager if you perfer kde than if ubuntu is what ur looking for but with kde than i would go with kubuntu or just apt-get install kubuntu desk-top

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Old 10-09-2005, 01:06 AM   #11
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I've used nix for various servers in the past but just migrated my primary system to slackware 10.2 and its.... awesome!! I now wonder why it took me so long to migrate. Anyways, slack should be able to do all those things you need although it *may* require a bit of a learning curve to get things working exactly the way you want. I've tried x other distros and so far slack seems to be the most stable and it is reasonable to get things going.
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I would suggest Slack also, but however for an absolute newbie I follow XavierPs advice and go Mandriva.
Old 10-09-2005, 01:21 AM   #13
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I love Ubuntu, but it doesn't let you browse NTFS partitions out-of-the-box. You have to follow these instructions first, which is actually not that difficult.

What you may be looking for is Mepis. It does all of those things out-of-the-box, and it's super easy to use. It's Knoppix-based, but it's designed for desktop installation (whereas Knoppix is designed as a live CD primarily, although it can be installed, too).

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Old 10-09-2005, 03:57 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the answers!

I couldn't boot MEPIS, it just gave me a Grub> command line where nothing works except reboot.
The SUSE installation dvd couldn't mount the dvd although it could boot and read from it.
The distros I have tried are
Fedora Core 4
Old 10-09-2005, 11:31 AM   #15
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That's quite a list.
May I make a suggestion? I happen to think Mepis is a great distro for newbies, but I don't really care what you use, as long as it works for you.
Sometimes, it's a good thing to try a bunch of distros to see what works for you.

At a certain point, though--maybe now--you just have to say, "Hey, this distro here almost works right out-of-the-box. Let me see if I can tweak it a bit to get it to work." Most people have the opposite problem (they're so tied to one distro that absolutely will not work with their hardware that they can't see that trying another distro might solve all the problems they're working so hard on), but I'd say for you, stick with one distro and just tough it out.

Ask your questions. Google. Get your problems solved. Learn to really use the OS, not just install it.


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