Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 02-18-2005, 09:33 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Feb 2005
Distribution: None Yet
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: 0
Need Distro Information

I've been playing with several versions of Linux and have not yet settled on one that suites me more than the others. I am basicall trying to get off the microsoft band wagon but it's proving more difficult than I thougth it would be. For instant, I am very familiar with all aspects of how windows operate but Linux seem so foreign to me and difficult to find the same functions. The only things that's keeping me from making the total switch is the hardware issues and the programs that I love using under Microsoft.

My Computer:

Sager 5790
DDR 1 gig
Hdd 80 gig
Video ATI 9700

This laptop has just about everything you would want in a good desktop but in a laptop package. Here's the list of distros i've tried and the problems i've found associated with them.

Suse 9.0 pro.
lack of hardware support, associated with the laptop and my desktop, for instant; ATI 9700 pro and Linksys wireless PCMCIA adapter.

Suse 9.1 Live
Would not detect wireless hardware and a long list of other associated hardware issues.

Redhat 9.0
Same problems and seem difficult to configure right out of the box. Lots of add ons RPG's that made configuring seems complicated.

Xandros 2.0
Same problems as before.
Crossover hangs and would not undelete nor load programs that were installed. Very little support and/or lack of knowledge base, without paying.

Knoppix 3.3
Hung trying to load with PCMCIA wireless card.
would not detect video card or wireless card
several programs hangs.

I need somthing that would allow me to use such programs as:
dvd decrypter
dvd shrink

I am interested in a distro that easy to use, something that I can learn from but not to the point of getting frustrated and going back to window. I am not familiar with Linux what so ever and trying to understand all the different terms. I am willing to learn however.

Please advise.
Thank you
Old 02-18-2005, 09:42 AM   #2
Registered: Mar 2002
Distribution: Debian, Kubuntu
Posts: 311

Rep: Reputation: 20
I've found Mandrake to be a very easily configurable distro that's very user friendly.

As far as running your windows programs you need to check into wine. It will run many windows programs including dvdshrink. As far as Nero I would recommend giving k3b a shot. IMO it's much better than nero.
Old 02-18-2005, 09:44 AM   #3
LQ Guru
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: N. E. England
Distribution: Fedora, CentOS, Debian
Posts: 16,298

Rep: Reputation: 77
Most newish distros have good support for wireless, particularly Suse 9.2, Mandrake 10.x and Fedora Core 3. You need Ndswrapper installed to detect some wireless cards and make them work properly. Also Knoppix 3.7 has been greatly improved since 3.3. Redhat 9 is now a legacy distro and has been replaced by Fedora and RHEL, so I am not suprised that you have had problems running it on a very modern laptop.
Old 02-18-2005, 11:42 AM   #4
LQ Newbie
Registered: Feb 2005
Distribution: None Yet
Posts: 2

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0

Thanks Guys
I hope I didn't offend anyone bashing thier distro. Okay that being said. I am really trying to leave the Microsoft community alone but they make it so damn easy to use their products.

One of the biggest problems I've had was configuring drivers. Noted, even under windows you might have to load a driver and I'm fairly familiar with the whole process. I think one of the problems I've had under Linux was trying to load a driver from ATI x86 using SuSe and man that seemed very difficult and didn't work.

I have not tried SuSe 9.2 and if it's anything like SuSe 9.0 than I'm willing to try it. Insofar, I've spent a lot of money trying to get the Microsoft Monkey off my back.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Upgrade Kernel, distro, or switch distro? badmofo666 Linux - Newbie 9 12-20-2005 12:02 AM
Distro Information from Bash shifty_eyes Linux - Newbie 7 10-13-2005 08:18 PM
Distro: Less scripting. Looking for mainly Elf binary based distro Z505 Linux - General 1 04-02-2005 11:33 PM
How to preserve user account information when replacing Linux distro? farnell_mark Linux - Newbie 4 03-28-2005 09:51 PM
Information on patches for older RedHat distro versions jason.hewitt Red Hat 3 12-13-2004 04:06 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:55 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration