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Old 06-16-2007, 11:54 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by guitarplayer1953
[url] I take it your a blues hound like my self?
Absolutely, though the choice of user name is a longer story

If the video you saw was the Ubuntu VS Windows, well, holy sheep dung!

Confession time, my computer is a PIII with an old MX nvidia card. I have logged into a beryl session once or twice to watch the cube spin. All the plug-ins in use in that video would probably stop this machine dead in it's tracks In fact I can't verify that everything in that video is possible with the Beryl version shipped with Mepis or Mandriva. One thing I am certain of is the version of Ubuntu available from the Canonical (ubuntu's umbrella company) won't do this out-of-the-box. Check the Beryl site for some pointers on distros if 3d desktop is important to you.

As to your apology, not needed imo. You've done no wrong.

To other members. Anyone know what live cds support Beryl so gp1953 can have a look? Mepis will do it with the proper nvidia or ATI card. Sabayon possibly? Koraa (sp?) ? Honestly not pushing Mepis, just don't know a better option in this case.

Edit/ Here's what is needed to run Beryl live with Mepis
A late addition was the inclusion of the Beryl 3D desktop fully integrated with KDE as a unique session type. Even though this is experimental software, we felt it was important to include Beryl with the default installation, so users can try it out, brag to their friends if it works, and get involved with the Beryl Project if they want the software to get better. Beryl can be tested from CD if you have an Intel, Radeon or newer NVIDIA graphic chip. To use 3D with NVIDIA you must explicitly choose to run the proprietary NVIDIA driver. From CD, only the new NVIDIA driver is available. If your NVIDIA chip requires the legacy NVIDIA driver, you have to install on hard drive before trying Beryl."

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Old 06-17-2007, 02:28 AM   #17
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Add my 2c for using Linux.
Am a long time IT guy, started around the DOS era (or earlier), then VMS, then Unix at work.
Stopped doing jobs on MS about the time MSWin 3 came out.
I'm used to the cmd line, like the ctrl (muhahaha), the security and the option to look at the src.
Also, CLI cmds tend (at least on Unix/Linux) to have minimal side-effects 'does what it says on tin', no more, no less.
I don't like programs that try and be too clever eg Word.
BTW, the fact that you realise there's going to be a learning curve is a definite plus.
You'll go a lonq way if you enjoy learning, although it is certainly possible to use Linux as a basic desktop with minimal knowledge.
Good luck, backup your MS files, and try dual-boot to start.
Old 06-17-2007, 04:31 PM   #18
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Personally since i'm a programmer and a security administrator linux is the best existing choice - it all depends what you want to do on your pc - if it's games and stuff - it'll be easier to achieve in windows (though it is possible to do the same in linux - but with a bit more configuration and stuff ...) - it's your choice
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Muddywaters: you go to google. put in the search window "youtube" and hit enter. in the Youtube search window, if you put in Linux, it will take you to lots of demos, of Beryl, Compriz, and touchscreen Linux.

Other Noobs: I just grabbed a 939 pin MSI K8NGM2-FID board, with athlon 3000+ cpu, from eBtech, for $89 delivered.
I have 768 MB DDR RAM and a 120Gb new drive, and case, etc. Install of Mepis took 9 minutes. Update of 25 programs took 6 minutes. Personal optimization took a half hour... You want to try lots of the 315 FREE distros at I just adropped PCLinuxOS for Mepis.


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