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pt

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#1
i finnaly decided to try linux, so wich is the better one for a complete linux noob (like me)
free or paid, just the best, and easiest to use
thanks ;)
 

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#2
Free. If it's free, it's better :)

IMO this applies to everything.
 

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#3
Free. If it's free, it's better :)

IMO this applies to everything.
i'm goign to get it free anyway (even the paid ones) so i don't care :p
 

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#4
I'm in the same boat as you PT, I wanna try it. I am planning on trying Ubuntu 7.10. The only issues is w/newer component support, drivers for those newer components, and for me, X-Fi sound support, and that's aside from the lower gaming performance, and in some instances barely-to-no gaming support in comparision to XP/Vista. But Linux is getting better, from what I've read, most use Linux for basic/movies/tunes and XP for gaming in a dual boot config. But this is from what I was told and what I've read.

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#5
i want it for everything i do on a pc except gaming
music, movies, msn, web browser, and little more
 

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#6
there is always wine for games on linux.............
 

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#7
i know
but wich is the best linux for a noob?
 

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#8
Ubuntu is a good beginners and advanced Linux OS. Install Beryl on Ubuntu and it looks great :D
 
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#9
Some of the newer distros are way better than they used to be.Ubuntu is good for first time use.Others to try are Mepis and Knoppix.Those three all have "live" cds you can try without installing.Linux never really got behind games though.As a browser / e-mail pc, the threat of viruses is much lower.
 
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#11
i'm interested in these live cd's
what are they?
 

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#12
You stick them in, reboot and boot to CD, it will boot up the Linux OS on the Live CD w/o installing it. You can use the OS and get a feel for it, to see if you like it or not. Granted it won't perform exactly like or as fast as the installed OS it'll give you an idea of what it does to see if that's what you want. And it seems some distro's have install and live options on one disc now-a-days so if you like it, reboot and install.

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#13
that's what i need
link to one?
 

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#14
I think it's just Ubuntu.com or Ubuntu.org for the main site, or go to the ISO page listed in a link up above. I used my Utorrent because the download was faster than my browser connection.

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#15
Definitely Ubuntu is the way to go, but I'd wait till the 18th for the newest version to be released. Be warned with Live CD's though, they're terribly slow compared to installing it to your hard drive.

Edit: If you're dead set on a Live CD and you've got plenty of CD-R's just use the Release Candidate for Ubuntu 7.10 that was released today. Then on the 18th burn yourself the final version. ;)
 

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#16
I would also reccomend Ubuntu. Easy to use and there is a large base of 'noobs' on IRC wanting to help each other :p

If you REALLY want to learn how to use it, whenever possible always take the hardest route, configure an application through its .conf file not a GUI e.t.c. After you learn these things everything else is easy and logical ( my first linux os was Gentoo ).

Also as for usage, i use Kubuntu for worry free downloading, watching TV/movies/videos, browsing the web and chatting. I use Vista aswell for gaming and other things. They are both equal, i just use whatever OS i am on for the rest of my tasks.

Anyway hope you enjoy Kubuntu :)
 

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#17
Fedora is also worth looking into. Another very easy to use distro, and packed with features.
 

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#18
Definitely Ubuntu is the way to go, but I'd wait till the 18th for the newest version to be released.
Actually, the Release Candidate is available now, and you might avoid the "server congestion" that is inevitable on the 18th - 20th. If you install RC now, and then update it as we get closer to the 18th, you will have the final version when it is released (but without the slooooooooooow download). :)

p.s. -- I recommend the "Alternate Install" CD, versus Live CD, if you already know that there are no major hardware issues. Alternate Install gives you more visibility and control over the process, including where to place the Grub bootloader. :)
 

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#21
VMware?
and i might try suse
 

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#22
VMware?
and i might try suse
VM > virtual machine, see it as a PC emulator even though technically it isn't emulating. ie like you can have a virtual SNES with snes9x/zsnes or a virtual n64 with project 64 VMware gives you a virtual machine, however it's a bit more advanced. Just try it, you'll love testing new stuff in it.
 

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#23
ubunbtu or kubuntu(has the start bar on the bottom like windows)
 
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#24
Try MintKinux, Completely Based On Ubuntu, Yet At Best. Unlike Ubuntu/Kubuntu, Mint Comes With Nearly NO Restrictions. Multimedia Codecs are PreLoaded & That's Fun. No Sure About The Beryl Activated By Default. It Also Comes With KDE Version Too.

You Could Try Even PCLinuxOS2007 As Well, Based On Mandriva & It Also Has Very Few Restrictions, Can Run Most Multimedia Stuff. Drivers Detected Eas'ly Too. Good Luck Champ.
 

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#25
Im still deciding as to which Distro i should load to dual boot. Always been a Kubuntu fan but started to think i might change (Introduction of Dolphin shocks me!!!, not suprised as ubuntu is a gnome project :p).

Anyway im after a KDE enviroment that looks as good as Vista ( i shall explain further on ) and if not debian, is quite often updated and has a good package manager.

When i say as good as vista, the Openoffice found in Ubuntu/Kubuntu looks ugly where as the version in windows is quite minimalistic and professional like (i know its not a word :p) I also find everything looks alot nicer on windows (Especially vista :p).