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Old 03-19-2012, 07:45 AM   #1
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Hi can anyone recommend me the a linux distro?
I run many programs at the same time so I need an interface which helps me with this.
I used to use ubuntu, but then they changed the interface and I hate the new interface. I's ok for people who want to run a program at a time, but not for me.
I'm using vista now, but I really prefer use linux.

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Look at: Get Your ISO, LiveCD & Pocket OS

The LiveCD List is a very good list to choose a distribution to test drive. That way you can see how things fit & feel.

The above links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just Slackware® links!

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You could always either try Kubuntu, whoch is Ubuntu with KDE desktop instead of Unity, or install XFCE or LXDE (or KDE, I suppose) on your existing Ubuntu install and use them instead. That way you get to try different desktop environments without having to install from scratch.
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You can keep your current Ubuntu but try installing a different Desktop Environment from the Software Center: kubuntu-desktop, lubuntu-desktop, xubuntu-desktop, etc.

For example:
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To explain that a bit further: In Linux the graphical environment and the underlying OS, different as in Windows, are separated. That means you can take almost any distribution and put what ever GUI on it that you want. It all comes down to your personal preferences:
Desktop Environments (DEs):
- KDE 4, complete desktop environment that can be run with a lot of fancy effects, but will be quite heavy on the hardware in that case.
- Trinity, a fork of KDE 3 for those that don't like KDE 4.
- Gnome Shell/Unity, as you already mentioned more the tablet type interface, not every one likes this.
- Cinnamon, a Gnome 3 configured to resemble Gnome 2, the GUI you are used to from older Ubuntu versions.
- XFCE 4, a lightweight desktop that somewhat resembles Gnome 2, fast and configurable.
- LXDE, a newer and very lightweight DE that somewhat copies the look of Windows XP.
- RazorQT, a very new and lightweight DE based on the QT framework, I wouldn't call that production ready, but worth a look.

Window Managers (WMs):
- The *boxes (Openbox, Fluxbox, Blackbox)
- WindowMaker
- Enlightenment, fancy effects
- the tiling WMs (i3, wmii, awesome, dwm and many more)
- and many, many more
All of the WMs have in common that they don't come with a bunch of desktop applications, like the DEs, so they are perfect for building your own customized desktop. They all are very fast, very configurable and it is very easy to do that (mostly it is not more than editing some text files).

Having said that, no one here can really recommend one of them, it is up to your personal likings. I would recommend to just install Ubuntu (since you are already used to that system) and then try the different options.
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:37 AM   #6
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going back to your original post, what you seem to want is the same as many of us: an easy to access use of many functions, possibly without overloading the hardware (£/$). This has many possible potential rows, e.g., are connical pursueing the tablet market at the expense of their users? And such like. If you want something that is famililiar to Gnome 2 users and stable (in there for the long term continuity) then try Debian but don't expect anything flash as standard.

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The best gaming distro is the distro you like. Benearth all the distros it's pretty much the same.
Checkout this link and read it:
Wine is the only solution for playing Windows games on linux and Wines effectiveness doesn't deviate much on different distros. Ie Wine on Ubuntu isn't going to be much different to Wine on a different distro. You do get some changes, such as certain parts may work in some distros but not in others but most of the time it's down to the default drivers in that distro. How well wine works depends on which version.
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If you liked Ubuntu in its Gnome 2 days, you'll like Xfce. You could get Xubuntu, but if you feel that you've had enough of Canonical and all their works, try SalineOS. That's Xfce and (like Ubuntu) it's Debian-based so things like software management will be the same.


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