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  1. YoSmoovKid

    YoSmoovKid New Member

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    I recently acquired a PC, I'm switching the OS over to Linux... What flavor of Linux are you geeks using at the moment and why? Ubuntu seems like a real possiblity, but I would like some more input from others.
     
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    Leb_CRX OT's resident terrorist

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    depends what you want to do with it...is it gonna be a server or a desktop or what?

    I find myself dependant on the hardware when it comes to distro selection...just cause I dont want to deal with drivers, etc

    I am running centOS...I like it...a lot..as a server environment, it's based off RD enterprise

    I have ran slackware and would be doing so right now if it had drivers for my scsi card in my awesome server...but after seeing centOS, I would have to really realy think about it long...I think I'm a fan of centOS more so now
     
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    This will be a desktop machine, not a server.

    I agree that dealing with finding the right drivers can be cumbersome

    Have run into problems in the past with Sound Cards and Wireless as well.

    Thought about using red hat since it was a main stay Linux OS, but I heard a lot of good things about Ubuntu...
     
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    for a desktop Ubuntu is great.
     
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    Any issues with sound or wireless connectivity?
     
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    I don't use wireless in my desktop and audio worked fine on my quicksilver G4.
     
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    I'm using Fedora Core 5. For a basic desktop though, Ubuntu isn't bad, and it is definitely the easier Linux distribution to use.
     
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    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    Server = RH 7.3 at the current time.

    I also dual boot to Kubuntu, but hardly use it anymore.
     
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    I'm using Ubuntu on my laptop right now, and finding it a really nice desktop *nix.

    Just remember to get Automatix for it, to simplify adding in Flash, Java, and all the media codecs in a simplified manner. It also updates you to the latest versions of Open Office and Firefox. Automatix lets you pick and choose which extras you want to add.

    The only problems I've had with Ubuntu is that it can hang up during install with some strange ATAPI conflicts, but I've only seen that on laptops. I've installed it a bunch of times on different machines and never come across any driver issues (yet) - I've even switched some people over from Windows to Ubuntu, and they're all happy as clams with it.
     
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    Kingfisher Keepin L's lit

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    Both are a no-go for me. :sad:
     
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    slackware. i like its choices.
     
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    I did the Red Hat thing before with no issues, Suse failed miserably... Ubuntu it is.

    Thanks for the Automatix recommendation
     
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    ubuntu, nothing else beats it imo in terms of being user friendly
     
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    Ubuntu. Not really suitable for a server platform, but good for a desktop.
     
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    i like fedora 5.
     
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    Also using Ubuntu. Works great with my D-Link wireless card, recognized in 2 minutes after install. Sound worked as well on bootup. I'm thinking about going to Linux permanently, but just don't want to rush into it yet.
    It also needed 0 drivers for anything, even my camera docking station. Was able to plug it in and transfer no problems. Quite amazing.
     
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    Go with Ubuntu. It works great and its debian based (which probably doesnt mean anything to you, but its a good thing). Simply put if you want to be able to check out linux, start using it, and/or simply have something that works, go with it. They have a great user community over at ubuntuforums also.

    However if you are really ambitious, know a ton about computers and hardware, and really want to dig into linux you can always give gentoo a shot. Keep in mind it will probably take you about a month of working before you end up with an actual working gui installed.
     

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