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Old 12-06-2008, 09:55 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by Simon Bridge View Post
CentOS is about middling in newbie-friendliness. Nothing especially bad about it and the issues mentioned will provide the same problem in any freedom-loving or legally cautious distro. CentOS does have a solid community behind it and it is easier to manage than the RHEL it is based on.

There is nothing to indicate that OP will benifit any more from another distro. There are many reasons for OPs reluctance to change at this stage. Anyway, a certain amount of persistence in a new user is laudable. Lets get more information before suggesting another hundred solutions.
The OP provided plenty of info in the 1st post.

To me it's urgent
He is in a hurry.

been looking for the last two months
He is getting frustrated because it is taking him months to figure out how to do things that would not even be an issue with another distro.

a) How to really play mp3 files.
He wouldn't have even asked this question if he was running a multimedia oriented distro because MP3 files would work out of the box.

b) How to watch dvd movies.
He wouldn't have even asked this question if he was running a multimedia oriented distro because DVDs would work out of the box.
Old 12-07-2008, 08:04 AM   #32
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Your blanket distro doesn't exist. One size doesn't fit all. GNU/Linux is getting better but still isn't quite there yet. Too many hardware mutations, sure if it is a vanilla system then maybe you will get the configuration right. But one must depend on the developer to detect the hardware for the turnkey OS. Sure a multi system test bed is used by many members within the team but still that will not fully test the OS. Feedback from users is a must for this type of OS. Those users are not always qualified to provide the dumps, logs or good problem description that will aid the developer.


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