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Old 02-08-2008, 05:49 AM   #1
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recommend me simple linux distro

I need a small, stable and simple linux version. I want it for my computer to communicate with sansa mp3player.
1) small installation (1cd)
2) stable and out of box performance (no hangs, fails and compiling stuff)
3) FAT32 write/read
4) NTFS read (write would be tremendous

I tried big versions . Like Kubuntu 64AMD version. It worked so-so, what I absolutely hated was the constant wheezing sound. So I tried installing a soundcard driver from the internet and the sound would never worked again. Even the wheezing gone.

Then I tried Fedora 9 prerelease. My roommate, who helped me with previous kubuntu and himself is a proud user of gentoo, told me that I was veery courageous. He had said while helping me that my kubuntu seemed to him as a prerelease in comparison to gentoo. I was soon to find out what prerelease really really means in terms of linux. The very installation of Fedora went bad, it did not connect to the internet (never ever, static - dynamic, nothing), the usb mouse did not work (how lucky to have touchpad, the system was unbelievably slow, shutdown, restart did not work. You know how frustrating it can be in linux without inet. It was like faq, updates, nothing could work. I looked into their forum and find out that there was a guy posting about the same problem with fedora 8. The last post was "post us the ....log". I can imagine how he frustrated and cursing got back to the windows. No sense of humour whatsoever. Honestly I dont get any kicks out of compiling my very own kernel. So pls something simple as mentioned above
Old 02-08-2008, 06:10 AM   #2
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PClinuxOS :, it's a fork of Mandriva. Comes on 1 cd. Fat32 read/write out of the box, the only thing you need to add to enable writing to ntfs are the packages: ntfs-3g & ntfs3g-config, run the latter, make your choice(s) and hey presto. PClinuxOS can run as a 'live' distro then installed later if it fits the bill.

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Old 02-08-2008, 08:11 AM   #3
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Anything in the top 5-10 in the distrowatch "hit list" should be fine. Beware of switching distros to solve specific issues (like sound).
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I like XUbuntu if you'd like something lightweight. It's a single CD with a package for NTFS read/write (ntfs-3g) and is very stable and derived from Ubuntu, so it has quite a few packages.
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Thanx a bunch, guys. I will have a bash at PClinuxOS and see what comes out.


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