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Old 12-26-2013, 10:49 PM   #1
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I have just suffered the ignominy of installing SUSE 13.1 and it isa good thing strong language is not allowed... suffice it to say it was an unsavory and unsatisfying experience similar, i would expect, to being the new guy on cell block o.z.
I have used Linux in the past and it was pretty wholesome experience, especially liked GNOME as well as KDE for user interface... used SUSE 8 fedora and others, but I am not a programer nor do I care to be... I am a user, and I hate everything that microsoft is and stands for.
SOOOOOOOO can anyone set me in the right direction for a current version of linux that will allow me to
1. listen to music
2. watch netflix
3. watchDVD
I reside at a ranch where there is no TV, no phone, no intrnet (except when I go into town)


many thankks
Old 12-27-2013, 01:25 AM   #2
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Hi neil, Welcome to LQ.

As you have already used linux you might well aware of using different tools in linux.

There are a lot of opensource tools available for all activities you want to do in every distro of linux.

But atleast you need a internet connection intially, to install all the tools.

In most linux, the players to play all format of musics,videos,dvds are not included by default as they are in propritary format.

You can install ubuntu 12 which is a deb version Or can use Fedora/OpenSuse as you may be already aware of the rpm based OS.
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Netflix is more tough, there is pipelight out there along with the netflix desktop.

With spotty internet I'd go with an Ubuntu variant to make sure you get everything you need in the first shot vs building as you need it. I also wouldn't be afraid to try Slackware since your not going to be messing with installing an uninstalling much you can just download the tarballs or slackbuilds and build them at home.

What was wrong with Open SuSE?
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no internet at home?
you can't really watch netflix then, can you?
but all the rest should be ok.
just choose a distro that has as much multimedia and proprietary stuff pre-installed. and be careful not to choose a netinstall ;-)
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Slackware has 3 or 4 different players that will play any thing you can throw at it..As for netflix that is another story!
Slackware has dragon player, kplayer, mplayer, on install.


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