Wow, a response like this really encourages me to listen to the rest of your advice and comments. Charming indeed.
So anyway, I'm going with the Debian testing build. If you didn't read the thread on the old forum, the plan is to take someone who has lightly used Linux before, but doesn't really feel confident enough in their Linux skills to use Linux as a daily use OS.
My plan is to build the system tomorrow, then start working on the Linux box on Monday. I have a pretty good idea of the apps I'm going to use, but I'd appreciate any more input.
I'm thinking I'll install Gnome, Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenOffice, some sort of IM app, a photo editor (the Gimp maybe?) and WineX and that should cover me.
Anyone else have any can't miss apps that I should install?[/quote]
Well will it not like we have not had this discussion before on delphi. Imagine publishing ruine boot turn it into the fluff magnet you call maximum pc... Now I could honestly forgive you for not having almost anything linux on mpc back when max linux was around as max linux was an amazing mag. Nothing I have read has even really come close.
Want me to have a nicer over around attitude get Alex St John back from CPU and put him back writing his editorials like he did for boot. The reason that was given for him being let go was bs , as last time I would want to say it was you but not sure said that when he started wild tangent that everyone was affaird that he would be bias. And I kept my mouth shut as did not want to start a flame but the whole point of his editorials was that he was bias. He protrayed him self to be self centered big ego person who just happen to use to work for microsoft. And to top it all off he use to be Direct X's chief spin doctor. As many who still use delphi chat at the commport will know that the only reason why i still get mpc is for a 1 an issue it makes great bird cage / litter box liner. I also happen to subscribe to cpu for one reason Alex. So if you would like to see what a computer magazine should look like you can come fly down to florida and sit through every copy of boot until you know what it like to have a real computer magazine. While your at it you can also take pictures of the worlds largest 3dfx collection.
Anyway back on topic.
For eyecandy purposes use apt-get to get gdesklets if you plan on using gnome desktop. and google gdesklets for ther ehome page but it just a bunch of cool eyecandy different monitors and sensors that appear to part of the desktop it is pretty neat ... kde has some thing simulat but i dont remember what it is called as i dont use kde i use fluxbox with gdesklets as gdesklets work with out havin to be in gnome. You can visit http://www.xboxnps2.com/gdeskletsdemo.jpg
That is a semi recent screen cap of my gnome desktop running gdesklets on slackware 10 rc2
For other amazing pictures you can visit http://www.slackwaregallery.com
They have a lot of pimped out screenshots of slackware plus other linuxes and bsds running. Like I posted one of my images of suse 9.0 running the power pc emulator sheepshaver running photoshop5 in mac os 8.5
Sheepshaver came out before pearpc. Sheepshaver runs power pc emulation on the classic mac os side. Some may remember sheepshaver from the beos days as it orginal purpose was to allow ppc macs or beboxes which ran ppc chips to run mac os. Much later a talented programmer retro fitted sheepshaver with powerpc emulation core.
But here is a quick list of software i use on a daily basis in slackware everything you should be able to get minus the commerical ware
Codeweaver Cross over office - use it for Photoshop 7 and Office XP Dreamweaver mx 2004 MS Media encoded Media scrub Media cleaner.
sheepshaver - dont think its ever been submitted to be added t o the testing tree