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Old 11. Aug 2013, 06:05 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'll definitely check Voyager as french is my first language.
Could be a hit on patriotic grounds then anyway.

Voyager comes with top and bottom panels as standard, but if you don't like this setup you can delete the bottom panel and move the top one down, or whatever to suit your preferences.

Voyager also contains multiple themes for the Conky monitor and more importantly a manager to change them. If those you select disappear from the desktop when you right-click on something, there is a simple workaround to fix this.

Support for Voyager is pretty weak as it often is with one man distros but you can always ask general questions in the Xubuntu forum (or here).
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Could be a hit on patriotic grounds then anyway.
Nope, i don't speak that particular kind of french. Half of what is described on the web page might as well be Chinese. Probably Linux speech.
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Old 11. Aug 2013, 07:17 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Most distros have wikis and a dedicated forum where things like the install process are detailed. Worth searching Youtube too. Some of the reviews there are nothing more than flicking through the installed menu options but others are more detailed, including how to dual boot various distros with Windows.
All wikis are not as complete or up to date.
All forums are not as noob friendly or as active.
I guess the more popular distros have more information more easily accessible.

When i checked Distrowatch, the 3 that looked the most interesting were Mint (a better Ubuntu apparently), Debian Wheezy (more stable), PCLinuxOS (rolling-release, beginner-friendly, live CD, conservative when judging the stability of a release and I like the multi-desktop concept of the full monty)

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Lighter in terms of system power needed to operate, and speed in operation. KDE is mostly the heaviest but again it depends on the distro.
Ya, i realized that when i saw that the PCLinuxOS LXDE needs 384 MB minimum, 1 GB recommended RAM, while the PCLinuxOS KDE (or full monty) needs 1GB minimum, 4GB+ recommended RAM.

Has i only have 2 GB of RAM and i want to play games, i think the least RAM the desktop uses, the better.
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Old 11. Aug 2013, 08:23 AM   #14 (permalink)
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By all means try out a live session of whatever appeals to you most, and those who frequent the threads here will try their best to assist with any queries you might have.

Vanilla Debian was always too difficult for me and PCLinuxOS has never recognized my broadband modem so can't help with either of those.

I've also never had a great experience with multi-desktop distros. I've even done this myself by adding Cinnamon to a Korora KDE install but eventually something broke so I now prefer to pick a single DE and stick to it.
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The multi-desktop of the Full Monty is all KDE, it just changes what's readily available.
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I was interested in the Mint LMDE, but then i saw that they use Debian testing, not Debian stable.

Are there any Distros with a live CD that use Debian stable?
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Ok, i'm an intermediate windows XP user. I hate Microsucks.
Maybe you should just reinstall XP from scratch if your XP system is unstable. If after a fresh install, your system is still unstable, it's probably not XP's fault. You want to play PC games, even if just older PC games. That'll always be problematic in Linux.
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Maybe you should just reinstall XP from scratch if your XP system is unstable. If after a fresh install, your system is still unstable, it's probably not XP's fault. You want to play PC games, even if just older PC games. That'll always be problematic in Linux.
I've reinstalled XP from scratch (clean installs) over a dozen times in the last year. Windows is always unstable, usually not "that" unstable, but still. I think my slipstreamed XP SP3 CD might have bugs so i am going to make one, this one came from my brother.

I just want a computer i can use reliably, has it is also my TV, Game console and Phone. When my computer doesn't work, all i have left is to fix it.

Even if my games don't work on Linux and i end up going back to XP, i'll at least have a live CD for when XP bugs.
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Are there any Distros with a live CD that use Debian stable?
If you use the "search" feature at Distrowatch, one of the menu selections is for Debian versions.

http://distrowatch.com/search.php
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If you use the "search" feature at Distrowatch, one of the menu selections is for Debian versions.

http://distrowatch.com/search.php
Thanks, i'd missed that when i looked trough Distrowatch

For now, i'm downloading and trying:
Puppy_precise-5.7.1.iso
pclinuxos-lxde-2013.07.iso
debian-live-7.0.0-i386-lxde-desktop.iso
lubuntu-12.04-desktop-i386.iso
linuxmint-15-xfce-dvd-32bit.iso

I'll try using MobaLiveCD_v2.1.exe and/or LinuxLive USB Creator 2.8.23.exe, so i don't end up with a bunch of CDs and DVDs that i don't need.
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