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Old 05-16-2005, 12:44 PM   #1
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Wich Distribution for me ?

Hi all,

For the last 3 days I have been playing with Mandrake 2005LE 64bit and I'm not sure this is the best distribution for my use as there are still a few issues with the 64bit support.

I tried running the 32bit edition but there I was unable to get my Wifi card working.

So now I'm left with a dilema.

The good thing about Linux is that you can test out as many distro's a you like to find the one that fits you best, but my Internet provider isn't ok with that (Download limit )

So now I need some expert advice on which distro to try next.

I have searched for reviews on people running linux on the same machine as mine but didn't really find any.

These are my specs and what I would like to do.


Acer Ferrari 3200Lmi Notebook
AMD64 2800+
Ati Radeon 9700 Pro
Broadcom 4306 Wireless build in
768MB Ram
60GB Internal disk + 250GB External

What I would like to run:

KDE 3.4
CrossOver Office
VMWare5 (bought it already)
Cedega 4.3.2 + Point2Play (bought it already)
DVD Editing and Burning (I have NeroLinux through my windows Nero serial)

I was ready to go out and buy Mandrake/Mandriva if I liked it but the problems I had are stopping me, so please people tell me what would suit me best.

Thanks for the help

EDIT: I don't run any windows, only through VMWare, I only need it for Admin purposes in my consultant work.

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Old 05-16-2005, 02:22 PM   #2
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"there are still a few issues with the 64bit support"

What are your issues with the 64 bit support?

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Old 05-16-2005, 03:41 PM   #3
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The compatibility with programs compiled for 32bit support.

As an example, Point2play and Kmoney, have been compileded for 32bit and can't handle the fact that some libraries are stores under /lib64 instead of /lib.

I'm sure there are workarounds and that soon those programs will come out in X64 format but for now I have the feeling that I'm better off with 32bit.

I'm downloading Kubuntu to give it a try as Acer will be distributing this with their machines, we'll see...
Old 05-16-2005, 09:26 PM   #4
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i suppose your knowledge on how to user Linux is a big factor.
how confident do you think you are in using Linux, the graphical X11 frontend and the terminals?
Old 05-16-2005, 09:30 PM   #5
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Here is a quiz to help you decide what you need in Linux:

A good place to see reviews and get ideas is: Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD.
Old 05-17-2005, 03:56 AM   #6
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I'm not an expert in Linux, far from, otherwise I would set up a Debian or Gentoo system from 0, but I start to know my way around and I'm not scared of compiling a Kernel or having to format and start all over.

Whether I need Linux or not ? Nah, I think I could live without, but I can live without windows also, so if I need to choose in that case I go the Linux way.

To be honest I would feel more confident with a Gentoo or Debian that I build myself but I don't trust myself yet for building a stable and funtional system.

So I rely a bit on your opinions to determine what distro I will be using.

Tonight I will be installing Kubuntu 5.04 32bit, being Debian based it looks promising, and it's score in DistroWatch ain't the bad
Old 05-17-2005, 03:59 AM   #7
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I did the quiz CraigEvil mentioned:

here's how the distributions in the database match up to your choices:
Distro name Match %
Ubuntu 8/11: 72%
Mandriva 10/11: 90%
Fedora 10/11: 90%
MEPIS 9/11: 81%
SuSe 10/11: 90%
Debian 9/11: 81%
Knoppix 10/11: 90%
Gentoo 6/11: 54%
Slackware 8/11: 72%
Damn Small 7/11: 63%
Arch 6/11: 54%
Vector 7/11: 63%
Beatrix 8/11: 72%
Ark 10/11: 90%
LFS 4/11: 36%
EvilEntity 5/11: 45%

Based on these results we recommend you to try(if you haven't tried it yet):

Old 05-17-2005, 05:02 AM   #8
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fedro rocks
Old 05-17-2005, 05:33 AM   #9
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informative ....
Old 05-17-2005, 10:45 AM   #10
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Have a look here ...
Slackware is a good start. No need to compile while installation, but need to configure - excellent for most newbies.
Mandrake is for lazy Guru only, who can correct its various errors, but somehow don't want to configure it... at all

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Old 05-17-2005, 02:37 PM   #11
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I'm set for the moment, the guys from mandriva pointed me to a new kernel wich solved all my issues.

Mandriva 2005LE is running just great now, everything I used to do under Windows works, it works even better

Left some fine tuning to do, but these are only minor glitches, I'll open a new thread for that .


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