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Old 04-21-2011, 05:49 AM   #1
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looking for the *perfect* distro for my picky ass needs... details in the box


I promise I am not a complete linux noob... but I am still looking for what every complete linux noob is looking for... the linux distro that is as identical as possible to windows 7... I know, but please spare me the lectures and know that I have my reasons... but I really like xandros for straight up replacing windows, but the version that's worth a damn isn't free... defeats the point... but looking at Xandros led me back to Debian led me back to Ubuntu... then I looked at a few Slackware distros and /shrug... eventually, I would like to tweak whichever dist I finally get for my own os to put on the comps I fix... any clarification at all would be greatly appreciated and helpful... ubuntu and Xandros are both Debian based... soo... could xandros professional have a free-as-in-free-beer alternative?
 
Old 04-21-2011, 06:07 AM   #2
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the linux distro that is as identical as possible to windows 7...
I don't think such a thing exists as the kernel/file system, etc, architecture is completely different. You can proably make your desktop LOOK like Windows 7 but you won't find C: drives, etc. Yeh, Yeh, Yeh, You've probably seen this but, hey, you're getting it anyway. (I think it's obligatory! )

http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm

You're already following the right road by trying out various Distros. Oh! Nearly forgot... Welcome to LQ!

Good Luck and Play Bonny!

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Old 04-21-2011, 06:10 AM   #3
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Hi and welcome to LQ.

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I know, but please spare me the lectures and know that I have my reasons
Sorry but your post just begs for the following article:

http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm

Please read it carefully.
 
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Old 04-21-2011, 06:36 AM   #4
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Soadyheid and sycamorex- valid points, and if the OP doesnt know that they really needed to know. Linux is NOT windows.

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I promise I am not a complete linux noob... but I am still looking for what every complete linux noob is looking for... the linux distro that is as identical as possible to windows 7...
Odd, I dont know ANY "linux noobs" who want a distro to lok as much like windows 7 as possible. Heh, judging from my mothers reaction to win7 and what various other people I know who have used win7 and run straight back to XP or looked for a linux distro to run, I'd say that only a tiny minority of linux newbies would want that.

I could be wrong, hell, its happened before, thats just my impression.

If you want as close as posible to win7, you probably want a KDE4.X distro. (before I get told that KDE4.X isnt that similar to win7, or that you can make gnome look like win7, yeah, I know but its the closest out of the box)

What is it that makes you look at xandros? I've never heard anything good about that distro.

BTW, isnt xandros pretty much dead now anyway? Last I heard they hadnt got a new version out for several years...
 
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Old 04-21-2011, 06:41 AM   #5
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BTW, isnt xandros pretty much dead now anyway? Last I heard they hadnt got a new version out for several years...
You are right, according to Distrowatch Xandros is discontinued. The last version was released 2007.
 
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Old 04-21-2011, 06:51 AM   #6
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I promise I am not a complete linux noob... but I am still looking for what every complete linux noob is looking for... the linux distro that is as identical as possible to windows 7... I know, but please spare me the lectures and know that I have my reasons... but I really like xandros for straight up replacing windows, but the version that's worth a damn isn't free... defeats the point... but looking at Xandros led me back to Debian led me back to Ubuntu... then I looked at a few Slackware distros and /shrug... eventually, I would like to tweak whichever dist I finally get for my own os to put on the comps I fix... any clarification at all would be greatly appreciated and helpful... ubuntu and Xandros are both Debian based... soo... could xandros professional have a free-as-in-free-beer alternative?
There are themes to make a linux distro look exactly like windows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2mJTQOe1RA

As far as using it, it'll still be linux and you'll still have to use it like linux. So it seems like a silly thing to do, trying to pretend it's not linux.
Just go for ubuntu. You'll do fine. .

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Old 04-21-2011, 06:55 AM   #7
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Hello unclesquibby, welcome to LQ,

I'd recommend to stay with Windows. Note that if you use Linux you will be missing much the beloved habits of your system.

You will miss an Antivirus-program which has to update itself every time you start the system and will avoid your networkconnections until it is updated.

You will miss the regularly appearing messagebox that the system has to be restarted.

You will be missing the frequently appearing messagebox which asks you if your really want to do what you are doing. As you know, the M$-people know what you want to do but with Linux, there is nobody who tells you what you'll have to do.

You will be missing that the system becomes slower and slower with every week you're using it.

Well, save yourself the cultural shock and stay with Windows. Believe me, I'm using Linux since approximately 17 years and one will not find any Linuxdistribution which is almost as lousy software as Windows is.

Markus
 
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:50 AM   #8
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Okay, reason I am looking for this: when I fix systems for my friends ect, I offer to install the stripped windows build that I made... and they all love it... but it's not quite kosher, this practice.... so... yeah... I don't want cease ans desist letters in my mail... hence this search... I only fix friends and friends-of-friends pcs, kinda trying to trick them into linux for a few minutes... they never mind... "yo dude, you were right! that Ubuntu partition thing was pretty cool, but I didn't feel like messin' with it... so I got rid of it..."

oh, and ty for all the advice and welcomes and all that jazzyness
 
Old 04-22-2011, 02:07 AM   #9
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Okay, reason I am looking for this: when I fix systems for my friends ect, I offer to install the stripped windows build that I made... and they all love it... but it's not quite kosher, this practice.... so... yeah... I don't want cease ans desist letters in my mail...
As long as you're using valid licenses, it doesn't really matter what you've done to it. Tools like nLite and vLite are perfectly legal. I think there are even guides in the Microsoft Knowledge Base for creating slipstreamed install discs.

If you are not using valid licenses, you should suggest the owners of the computer buy one before you install it.

Tricking them into thinking Linux is Windows is not a very good idea. They'll immediately know something is not right when they go to install their favorite software.
 
  


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