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MidnightCowboy 05. Mar 2010 11:18 AM

Hit me with something useful
 
OK guys. We will be moving into our new place once the renovations are finished in about two months time. Although still on the edge of the forest this one has landlines outside (wow!) so no need to use my troublesome Claro USB connection any more.

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...so, now that I'll be able to connect with any of them instead of just Ubuntu, which would you recommend for someone who likes Windows 7 and can't live without Windowblinds? I did give a copy of Ubuntu Ultimate to me tech a while back and he loves it, so much so he hasn't given it back. We couldn't configure a connection for me with it so I never got a chance to try it in full. Has anyone else got experience with this? Is it really worth the extra download or is it just a bloated version of Ubuntu?

wdhpr 05. Mar 2010 11:09 PM

This is the Version of Ubuntu that I am interested in. What I can tell from the website, Its Ubuntu 9.10 Plus. It comes with all of the current updates. It has KDE,Gnome and Xfce for choices of windows. Its comes in 64 bit or 32 bit. It also appears to come complete with the latest drivers, which should make things easier when setting up. It comes out of the box with a ton of media apps.
From reading the authors website Its obvious he is trying to develop a Linux platform for gamers. It also weighs in at 3.1 gigs. If I'm going to download this I will start the download and then hit the hay.
Despite the large size I still want to try this. I'm hoping I will end up with a distro that doesn't require allot of head scratching.

I checked out these reviews I found linked from Distrowatch.

http://desktoplinuxreviews.com/2010/...ion-linux-2-5/
http://news.softpedia.com/news/First...2-115099.shtml

Cheers
Wdhpr

Anupam 05. Mar 2010 11:24 PM

One more review for Ultimate Edition :

http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/uue.html

I find the reviews at Dedoimego very good.

MidnightCowboy 05. Mar 2010 11:33 PM

Thanks for the links. There's actually some very good comments too under the desktoplinux reviews offering which I would urge any potential "switcher" to read.

I share some of the concerns about Ultimate's impact on system performance although I've got more than enough hardware capacity to run it. I also wonder about the logic of having 2G's worth of extra apps I'll maybe never use :D I only flirted briefly and then went back to Windows when we couldn't configure my broadband modem. As of this time I'm still leaning towards Fedora and I'm really looking forward to getting rid of this USB thing so that I can try some of these out.

Anupam 05. Mar 2010 11:40 PM

Ah, desktop linux reviews, just the kind of site I was looking for :D. You should have told me about this site earlier wdhpr, and if you know of more Linux review sites, then out with them :D.

wdhpr 06. Mar 2010 12:46 AM

Quote:

I also wonder about the logic of having 2G's worth of extra apps I'll maybe never use
I thought about that as well. I figure I could go through and uninstall items I will never use. Then again, one look at my garage you would think I'm hard pressed to toss out anything:D. With 150 gigs of hardrive space I doubt space will be an issue. Besides, after watching my Windows directory grow to the size of Godzilla. I think I can deal with a little bloat. Also since I'm still learning Linux I can play around with all these extra apps. Who knows I might even learn something new.

Cheers
Wdhpr

wdhpr 06. Mar 2010 06:59 AM

After this
I'm trying Fedora, Then I'm thinking of giving Mint another try.

I want to try them all. I want to see if linux has the moxie to stand up against windows.
I consider myself an average user. I'm trying to understand what linux has over windows. Security is good. But that doesn't mean anything if you don't use it.

Cheers
Wdhpr

Jojo Yee 06. Mar 2010 07:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wdhpr (Post 23828)
I consider myself an average user. I'm trying to understand what linux has over windows. Security is good. But that doesn't mean anything if you don't use it.

Me too. Areas where it's better in my experience: other than the security you mentioned, OS loads and shuts down faster, Firefox in Ubuntu loads faster... etc. One more thing... ahhh, never forget, it's FREE! :)

freedog96150 06. Mar 2010 07:43 AM

Ahhh.....Fedora/RHEL/CentOS....my home turf. I can configure those distros with my eyes closed from the command-line. But familiarity breeds contempt, so I have been experimenting like crazy.

Ubuntu UE did nothing for me. It was a huge download topped buy a very slow boot up off the live CD (within a VM), followed up by an excruciating long install into a large chuck of HD space. To add insult to injury, I found the default desktop to be crowded, busy and confusing as heck.

I can see why people like UE. Everything, including WINE to run all your windows apps, is included in a default install. Me...I am finding that simple is better, and besides, nothing is much more than an apt-get install away (YUM Install for all you RH derivative users).

Jojo Yee 06. Mar 2010 07:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by freedog96150 (Post 23834)
Me...I am finding that simple is better, and besides, nothing is much more than an apt-get install away.

I'm finding the same. :)


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