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Old 08-12-2006, 09:36 AM   #1
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Which distro for my needs and hardware, considering I'm a Linux n00b?

Sorry about the n00b question, but I have tried a few different distros (Mandriva 2006 free edition, SuSE 10.1, Freespire, Linspire, Fedora and a few others) and have still yet to find one that is suitable for me. Yes, I'm one of those annoying Windows users who has seen the light and wants to make the change to Linux, so it's got to be fairly easy to use - I havn't done all that much at a command prompt since the days of Windows 3.1

First of all, my hardware specs:
AMD Athlon XP 3200, 1Gb RAM, CD-ROM and DVD-R/W, 40Gb and 160Gb ATA, 128Mb Radeon 9600, Leadtek WinFast DV2000 TV card, ADSL via ethernet (Billion switch/modem/firewall).

And what I need to do:
Regular internet use (browsing using firefox, email with thunderbird), squid or another proxy server, fileserver to several windows XP machines, digital video via firewire from my digital video camera then edit and finally output to DVD, web server, sql server, and importantly, keep up to date without too much trouble.

The issues I have come across in the past have included extremely poor video performance (and an inability to install ATi drivers due to dependancies), an inability to update the distro (confusing error messages when web browsing worked without problem), and a few other problems which escape me at this time.

So if anyone could recommend a distro for me to try that may suit my needs, I would very much appreciate it.

Thanks in advance.
Old 08-12-2006, 09:46 AM   #2
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Just about any distro would meet your needs, including those that you've already tried. You could give the *buntus a try if you haven't yet.
Old 08-12-2006, 09:51 AM   #3
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pretty much all of them will do the things you mention. just keep trying until you find one that works for you, or that you can make work for you. there's not really much else anyone can tell you unless you have a specific problem.


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