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Linux version advice

Postby HeyItsMatt » Wed 02.28.2007 2:39 pm

Hey everyone! I'm planning to install a version of Linux on a partition of my computer in order to play around with it and see how it works, but I haven't decided on what version yet. Right now I am kind of leaning towards Fedora Core or Ubuntu - Fedora because my friend uses it and could hopefully help me if I have problems, Ubuntu because it looks pretty friendly and easy.

I have a few worries - would there not really be any point in installing Ubuntu if I'm not learning much? (In other words, maybe Fedora will be helpful in terms of making me learn a bit more about how to get things working on the computer).

Also, are there any major issues I should know about with a particular version? I was reading Fedora's FAQ and it said it did not come with MP3 / Adobe Flash support since they're proprietary formats... will I be able to figure out how to get these working after installation, or is this something impossible / ridiculously difficult to do?

Finally, are there going to be any painful issues in terms of enabling Japanese input? The Windows IME system was pretty self-explanatory once I found directions on how to enable it, but perhaps it's not that difficult to figure something out in Linux either.

Thank you so much for any advice. Also, feel free to suggest some other version of Linux if you think Fedora and Ubuntu don't cut it.
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RE: Linux version advice

Postby aKuMu » Wed 02.28.2007 3:13 pm

Try > Knoppix < You can boot it from CD and don't have to install it ;)
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RE: Linux version advice

Postby Lego » Wed 02.28.2007 3:16 pm

ubuntu
it's really user friendly, but it's still a debian :)
the install cd is a live cd too, so you can try it without installing it.

p.s. at the beginning you'll have enough problems using linux, so you don't need to look for a more difficult distro on purpose :P
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RE: Linux version advice

Postby danvx6 » Wed 02.28.2007 3:23 pm

Since you posted on this site, I assume you would like Japanese support in your Operating System. I read somewhere (Wikipedia, I think) that Fedora has no Japanese support, but Ubuntu does. That made my decision.
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RE: Linux version advice

Postby queshaw » Wed 02.28.2007 3:43 pm

Ubuntu, because the debian package manager is very good at resolving dependencies between packages, compared to others I've tried (redhat, gentoo and slackware), and ubuntu has more up to date backages than straight debian (or at least that was the case).

There is a thread on here somewhere about setting up Japanese support on Ubuntu.
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RE: Linux version advice

Postby Gan » Wed 02.28.2007 4:53 pm

I'm using SUSE linux 10.1. It has built in Japanese support, and a good RPM manager. I mean, I had a little trouble turning of the Japanese globally but after that It all worked out for me. I have all the languages installed lol. So I can type in over 30 differnt languages. But I use Japanese alot because it is the only one I am studying as of right now. Well, studying frequently. Try Ubuntu it's very user friendly, and the standard desktop is GNOME so give it a try. :D
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RE: Linux version advice

Postby HeyItsMatt » Wed 02.28.2007 5:24 pm

danvx6 wrote:
I read somewhere (Wikipedia, I think) that Fedora has no Japanese support, but Ubuntu does. That made my decision.


Yeah, that would definitely push me away from Fedora and towards Ubuntu. I don't *necessarily* need Japanese input support, but it would be a big pain to have to reboot and switch OSes every time I was using Linux and wanted to type something in Japanese.

It looks like Ubuntu is getting more support from you guys anyways. I'll check out Knoppix and SUSE too though... thanks for the suggestions guys, I appreciate it!

*EDIT* oh and totally random, but I live ~40 minutes from you Shadow (I'm at Virginia Tech).
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RE: Linux version advice

Postby Kdar » Wed 02.28.2007 6:00 pm

I would recommend Ubuntu...... or Kubuntu (which are same.. only one use GNOME and other KDE)

I use Kubuntu at the moment.

Used SUSE 10.0 before. But I think Kubuntu is better. It boot a bit faster and some other things.
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RE: Linux version advice

Postby Hark » Thu 03.01.2007 12:34 pm

It's quite easy installing mp3 support. Just download the most recent xine libraries and install them. Here are links and also HOW-TO
http://cambuca.ldhs.cetuc.puc-rio.br/xine/
As music player I recommend Amarok and for video you could use Kaffeine...
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RE: Linux version advice

Postby two_heads_talking » Thu 03.01.2007 2:04 pm

I just avoid Linux and everything works out..

(of course that isn't one of the options you mentioned, but it is a valid option nonetheless)
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RE: Linux version advice

Postby Kdar » Thu 03.01.2007 2:52 pm

two_heads_talking wrote:
I just avoid Linux and everything works out..

(of course that isn't one of the options you mentioned, but it is a valid option nonetheless)


You can have them both.... on one computer.

Thats what I do.

And Linux can be a useful thing to know.
And when you set it up the way you want it. It will look and feel better then Windows.
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PS. If you going to get Kubuntu be sure to get 6.06 The stable version.
Not one of the betas. That also apply to Ubuntu

Here is site where you can see how Kubuntu looks like
http://shots.linuxquestions.org/?linux_distribution_sm=Kubuntu%207.04%20Alpha%204

Ubuntu
http://shots.linuxquestions.org/?linux_distribution=Ubuntu%207.04%20Alpha%204
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RE: Linux version advice

Postby Qbe » Thu 03.01.2007 5:37 pm

If your machine can handle the VMWare Player, you could install a version in a virtual machine and see what you like first without committing.

Since you're also into Japanese, you could go whole-hog and install a Japanese distribution--then you won't have to worry whether Japanese support is included. I use Momonga, but Vine Linux also looks nice, and Plamo will suit you if you're a Slackware fan.

I'd like to get Plamo running but haven't had the time. I installed Momonga in a virtual machine (the installer was in English) and use it frequently.
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RE: Linux version advice

Postby zengargoyle » Thu 03.01.2007 9:57 pm

two_heads_talking wrote:
I just avoid Linux and everything works out..


lol, i think just the opposite... anytime i try to use Winblowz (or even help Winbloze using people..) i end up wanting to bash my head into a wall.
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RE: Linux version advice

Postby Infidel » Fri 03.02.2007 12:03 am

If EQ2 ran on Linux, I'd be a convert.
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RE: Linux version advice

Postby Kdar » Fri 03.02.2007 12:26 am

Infidel wrote:
If EQ2 ran on Linux, I'd be a convert.


I not sure......... But maybe Wine will able to run EQ2.

Linux don't have such big support for games...
But Wine program run some of them.

PS. I think you can run EQ2 with Wine in Linux.

http://appdb.winehq.org/appview.php?iVersionId=358
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