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Old 12-10-2006, 02:11 PM   #1
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Which one is right for me?




Hi all, I'm new here and would like to make the jump the linux. but i have a couple important questions that i would like to the answer to.

my question is

Which linux operating system is for me?

(a bit of info about me)

1) i have no skills in developing software for operating systems of any type so i need something with little micromanaging and assembly.

2) i want something that can play PC games for windows. (like Half-Life 2)

3) It should be able to use some windows programs along with mac. this isn't the biggest thing i am worried about but would be a great touch in terms of flexibility.

4) NEEDS TO BE AN OUTSTANDING OFFICE COMPUTER. I plan on doing a lot of work with media devices such as cameras and what not, also it needs to be good with 3d modeling/Animation, Photo manipulations, and sound editing.

5) I need something that will get the most out of my hardware, i have the following on my comp

Processor Information:
Vendor: GenuineIntel
Speed: 3000 Mhz
2 logical processors
1 physical processors
HyperThreading: Supported
RDTSC: Supported
CMOV: Supported
FCMOV: Supported
SSE: Supported
SSE2: Supported
3DNOW: Unsupported

Video Card:
Driver: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS
DirectX Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.10.9147
DirectX Driver Version: 6.14.10.9147
Driver Date: 12 Aug 2006
Desktop Color Depth: 32 bits per pixel
Monitor Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
DirectX Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS
VendorID: 0x10de
DeviceID: 0x392
Number of Monitors: 1

Primary Display Type: CRT
Primary Bus: PCI Express 16x
Primary AGP GART Not Detected
Primary VRAM: 256 MB
Primary Monitor Vendor: Dell
Primary Monitor Model: Dell M992
Supported MSAA Modes: 2x 4x

Sound card:
Audio device: SigmaTel Audio

Memory:
RAM: 2046 Mb

Hard Disk Drive:
250 GB

5) I need a computer that can grow with me and my work, as in, updates would be timely, flexibility is a must, and should be able to do more things than windows or OSX.

Thanks goes in advance for the info.
 
Old 12-10-2006, 02:36 PM   #2
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I don't really think that there is any distro that is better than any other at running windows programs. You'll need to run an emulator or compatability layer. Your options there are wine (free), cedega (not free, focused on games), and win4lin(general emulator, not free). Wine might come standard, but you'll need to buy the others. Any modern distro should be able to handle that hardware.

Good for noobs? Mandrake, Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS or Xandros. Go to www.distrowatch.com and look them up, they'll have links to their homepages.
 
Old 12-10-2006, 07:41 PM   #3
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I don't really think that there is any distro that is better than any other at running windows programs. You'll need to run an emulator or compatability layer. Your options there are wine (free), cedega (not free, focused on games), and win4lin(general emulator, not free). Wine might come standard, but you'll need to buy the others. Any modern distro should be able to handle that hardware.

Good for noobs? Mandrake, Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS or Xandros. Go to www.distrowatch.com and look them up, they'll have links to their homepages.
thanks, but i must ask, is there an OS that has its own emulator or compatibility layer meant for the items mentioned above?

also, the distros you mentioned, can i run those OS along with windows. i just want to test those out first to make sure i am getting the right one for me. also if it is possible how would you do it?

are there any other distros that might meet my needs?
 
Old 12-10-2006, 08:02 PM   #4
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Good for noobs? Mandrake, Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS or Xandros. Go to www.distrowatch.com and look them up, they'll have links to their homepages.
Good advice. There is no "right" answer to your question. Any distro will work as good as another. The only thing you'll get here is people recommending their own personal favorite.

Linux is not Windows.
Linux and Newbies: Some Cold Hard Realities.

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Old 12-10-2006, 08:18 PM   #5
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thanks, but i must ask, is there an OS that has its own emulator or compatibility layer meant for the items mentioned above?
There's no distro that I know of with its own emulator. Perhaps I should clarify something. One distro of Linux is not as different from another as Linux is from Windows. For the most part, the different distros are just different arrangements of the same tools. There's almost nothing on one distro that can't be had on any other.

Any of these distros can be dual booted with Windows. (Actually, any distro can.) If you just want some short-term testing, you could try a liveCD. These are (slightly) stripped down versions of the full OS put onto a bootable cd. Then you can try them out without ever putting anything on the hard drive. I have used mandrake and ubuntu, and I am familiar with the reputations of PCLinuxOS and Xandros. I'd try them in this order and see if you find something you like. Xandros doesn't seem to have a liveCD, hence its being last.

1. Ubuntu
2. PCLinux OS
3. Mandriva/Mandrake
4. Xandros

I should note that I don't think any of these liveCD's will have Wine or any other emulator already. To test an emulator in a liveCD format try this liveCD:
ftp://ftp.linux.cz/pub/linux/slax/SL...ll-5.1.8.1.iso
It's Slax KillBill which has wine. This is a distro that's really only for LiveCD, which is why I didn't include it with the long-term options. And also note that this only has wine. Cedega and Win4Lin both usually do a little better, but they aren't free.

As far as other distros - yeah I'm sure plenty would meet your needs. These are probably the best though. Of any distro, I would recommend Ubuntu the most, you'll like it's software installer.
 
Old 12-11-2006, 05:52 PM   #6
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thanks for the advise, both of you. i read both articles from rickh and i think i will follow up on your live cd advice, patricknew. it puts things into a good perspective for me. thanks again everyone. i will make sure i buy a copy of "Linux for dummies" as of i think it will come in handy, also I'm excited to get started at building my first operating system.

WISH ME LUCK I WILL NEED IT! :0)
 
Old 12-11-2006, 08:47 PM   #7
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Before you go - just a warning. Not all your legacy windows apps will work with wine. If they are a deal-breaker for you though just remember that if you're willing to pay Cedega and Win4Lin will give you better compatability.
 
Old 12-12-2006, 05:46 AM   #8
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Before you go - just a warning. Not all your legacy windows apps will work with wine. If they are a deal-breaker for you though just remember that if you're willing to pay Cedega and Win4Lin will give you better compatability.
thanks, i will remember that!
 
  


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