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wdhpr 14. Sep 2009 11:31 PM


Originally Posted by 1002richards View Post
I'm torn between the 'eye-candy' of Mint and the speed of Crunchbang and ( a new one to me) Masonux. I've still got Vista (but using it less & less too) and I keep going from dual boot to tri boot & back again.
Really it's great to have all this choice and to be able to pick & choose.
Wow its great to see all the converts over to linux. I have had Simply mepis running (dual boot) for two years now and have ironed out most kinks with the exception of getting my lexmark X1185 to work. (long story) :)

I have been thinking of switching to ubuntu 64bit. When I tried ubuntu a couple of years ago I had severe hardware issue's with my nvidia hardware and had to switch and then settled with Mepis. I have been hearing the new ubuntu distro's have come a long way and have ironed out allot of these issue's. My machine is 64 bit. I am running winxp 32 and dual boot to mepis 64 bit. Any thoughts about the new ubuntu disrto's


MidnightCowboy 15. Sep 2009 06:19 PM

Well, the version I flirted with before was Hardy Heron (8.04) which wasn't that long ago and certainly didn't inspire me to keep it over Windows which is why I was back with XP less than a month later. Now, having added some personal fluff to 9.04 I'm a real happy bunny :D

Even forgetting to switch on the firewall before my broadband is something to laugh about whereas with Windows I was spending more time monitoring and updating security apps than I was doing much else.

So far I've worked through pretty much everything that I would have done with Windows and the features with Ubuntu are as good or better, and for the most part quicker. In all honesty though I'm no power user so you would need to get a balanced opinion from someone in this category to make a direct comparison. My one and only gripe is the font rendering. It is better than it was but not as good or as "kind on the eyes" as the way Windows handles fonts. Maybe the upcoming 9.10 will show further improvements or maybe there's some geek type "fix" for this around that I've not discovered yet :D

Anupam 15. Sep 2009 06:30 PM

Its really good and heartening to see people taking up Linux, and enjoying it too. I have worked on Solaris, and little bit of Linux, when I was on the job. So, I have a fair knowledge of Unix/Linux working. Although, I have been out of touch from a long time, after I left my job.

I have been wanting to get Linux on my PC from a long time, but I haven't been able to manage that, because of the lack of a spare PC. Its my long desire to work on Linux at my home. Looking at all this talk of Linux going on, and new people enjoying it, I really feel like getting on a Linux machine.

Linux has come a far way, and continues to get better. Most of the routine tasks can be carried out from GUI. But, the real power of Linux/Unix lies in the command line. I would suggest the users of Linux, if they can, please download freely available books on Linux, and read them. There are plenty of books available on Linux, and all free. It would be really nice to know about Linux, and read more about it, to harness its real power. And its interesting too... it can be real fun.

A good starting place to look for Linux e-books is Linux Documentation Project. It has got some really nice material on Linux from beginners to expert users.
The main Linux site has also got beginner courses on Linux, which can be helpful. So, read more about Linux, and enjoy the experience :).

lonny 16. Sep 2009 06:02 AM

I use Debian...but...
"A lot of new users that come to GNU/Linux from Windows these days want an OS that will run all their favorite applications, is easy to use and basically ready to go out of the box. Ubuntu, being all of this, managed for the first time to make GNU/Linux more popular for the masses, no minor feat.
Since Ubuntu is de facto just a polished Debian, it hides sheer untamed cosmic power under the GUI hood.
After a while many Ubuntu users will feel 'adventurous' and will start looking for a less graphic and more CLI oriented experience.
In fact, as experienced GNU/Linux users well know, point and click "is the caveman way of doing things", therefore such developments are a win-win situation for everyone. "

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Plenty of tips there! Enjoy

bk_7312 16. Sep 2009 09:07 AM

I think now would be a good time to introduce Slackware, the Linux distro that lets you do almost all the work. With it, you'll have to use the command line almost everytime you want to install something (not so sure about that, Slackware does have its own package manager, though it doesn't handle dependencies).

Although Slackware uses KDE, Slackware also features a text-based installer, command line reliance and no dependency handling. If a Linux newbie were to use Slackware as his first distro, given enough time (and determination and will power and bravery and more determination and other factors/characteristics), that newbie would come out a Linux guru. OK, slight exaggeration there but you get the point.

Two famous quote about Slackware:


Give a man Ubuntu, and he'll learn Ubuntu. Give a man SUSE, and he'll learn SUSE. But give a man Slackware, and he'll learn Linux.

Once you go slack, you'll never go back!

lonny 16. Sep 2009 03:05 PM

What NO Magic-Pill?
"If a Linux newbie were to use Slackware as his first distro, given enough time (and determination and will power and bravery and more determination and other factors/characteristics), that newbie would come out a Linux guru. OK, slight exaggeration there but you get the point."

Then forget most of the peeps that love a mouse. They think a keyboard is a wrist support.

Slack lost me when I discovered apt-get. ;)

1002richards 17. Sep 2009 05:56 PM


Originally Posted by bk_7312 (Post 12714)
What about moonOS? I heard it's quite fast and has a lot of eye-candy. It's also based on Ubuntu. It uses Enlightenment for its main edition and has a LXDE edition for slower PCs.

There's also some good reviews about it too:

Yes, it really is great to have all these choices to pick from. I suddenly feel like I want to be a distro-hopper, except I can't.

Thanks I'll have a look .... more choices!! :)

lonny 19. Sep 2009 04:21 PM

Hungry? Go To HotDonalds
Not as many choices on the menu, versus Linux with a easy 250+ flavors.


"Let's imagine you have a brand-new PC with windoze on it. I'm not saying you SHOULD have a windoze PC, I'm just assuming you have, probably just because almost everybody else around you has, or because there was no other operating system choice in the shop you bought it: Praeterita mutare non possumus: our societies are a monopoly of the worst, let's face it.

I am not going to even try to push you onto the worthy GNU/Linux path... mostly because it is actually NOT necessary in my experience: you'll choose it by yourself - and ditch the windows operating system with gusto later - once you will have understood some basic lore :-)

Linux is free, blah blah, all its software is free, blah blah, and it's more stable and quicker than windows, blah blah... yet for the moment you are still using Windows. And you do not intend (yet) to change.
Well... So what? Why should you pay any money at all? Windows can be fully configured with good free "GPL" software (or other -less kosher- free software) that will cut pretty much any mustard. "

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Even I use Windows.

A Mac is just BSD for the mouse lover in you.

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