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 Post subject: Can I abandon Windows...?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2004 2:05 pm 
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I'm really getting fed up with Windows, and I'm ready to make the great leap into Linux. For those of you who have gone before me, I have the following questions:

Which distro is "the best" for a beginnner, i.e. power vs. ease of use?

These are the programs I would need in order to abandon Windows completely:

mp3 player - a la iTunes or Windows Media Player
DVD player
Something Photoshop-like
Digital Video Editor
DVD authoring software
Office Suite...StarOffice?

Or should I just buy an iMac?


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 Post subject: Re: Can I abandon Windows...?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2004 9:38 pm 
Bitchin' Fast 3D Z8000
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Zim wrote:
I'm really getting fed up with Windows, and I'm ready to make the great leap into Linux. For those of you who have gone before me, I have the following questions:

Which distro is "the best" for a beginnner, i.e. power vs. ease of use?

These are the programs I would need in order to abandon Windows completely:

mp3 player - a la iTunes or Windows Media Player
DVD player
Something Photoshop-like
Digital Video Editor
DVD authoring software
Office Suite...StarOffice?

Or should I just buy an iMac?


This depends highly on whether you want to learn Linux to its most intricate level or just use it for functionality.

Intricate:
* Slackware
* Debian

Functional:
* SuSE
* Mandrake
* Fedora

Again, it really depends on how deep you want to forego learning Linux. The thing is, it's hard to lose Windows but learning Linux is by far more fun. I keep Windows around for certain apps that I have to use (Premiere Pro, Photoshop), but for others, I'm fairly Linux centric.

As per your app listings:

mp3 player - a la iTunes or Windows Media Player
-> X MultiMedia System or XMMS
DVD player
-> Ogle (the only one I know thus far)
Something Photoshop-like
-> GIMP
Digital Video Editor
-> Cinelerra or Keeno (I think that's the name)
DVD authoring software
-> no clue, will look into it or someone will suggest
Office Suite...StarOffice?
-> Open Office

The thing with switching to an entire Linux environment is that you have to learn your hardware real well. What's best is for you to keep Windows around, just in case you can't find a suitable app that can replace your Windows app. When you start getting comfortable in Linux, just go and start using it all the more, and eventually you'll learn to use a pure Linux environment.

My suggestions are SuSE for functional, and Slackware for intricate. I like Slackware a lot, but I think that Gentoo's installer will turn you off. Debian is another good one, but it's been ages since I used Debian (well, about a year or so). SuSE is probably your best bet: it has probably the best hardware support out there that I've seen for a Linux distro (apart from Lycoris or Linspire).


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2004 5:02 am 
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So you don't plan on playing many games then...?

I run both Linux and Windows, as they each have their strengths...and gamin' aint one of Linux's...Yes you can get some games to work...but the majority won't...

in the meantime, my gamin' rig will stay Windows.

oh, and I use Gentoo :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Can I abandon Windows...?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2004 8:46 am 
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Zim wrote:
I'm really getting fed up with Windows, and I'm ready to make the great leap into Linux. For those of you who have gone before me, I have the following questions:

Which distro is "the best" for a beginnner, i.e. power vs. ease of use?

These are the programs I would need in order to abandon Windows completely:

mp3 player - a la iTunes or Windows Media Player
DVD player
Something Photoshop-like
Digital Video Editor
DVD authoring software
Office Suite...StarOffice?

Or should I just buy an iMac?


As of current CD Distros(one that run off the cd) have matured nicely. There are many to play with. Some allow backing config up to an removable device so you keep the setting. They will not need to be installed on the harddrive. pop it in, boot it up play around with the programs. At the end turn the system off and windows is still there if it blew :P Most of the CD distros are knoppix based. Try a few bootable CDs first to get your feet wet.

During this time you will want to start reading up on your hardware and linux in general. you don't want to find out after the install you sound card has issues with Linux.

far as distros go to start:

fedora
suse
mandrake


Some apps my depend on the "Windows manager" you use

mp3 player: XMMS, noatun, there are probly countless apps that will do this

Something Photoshop-like: Gimp is best bet, there are some other paint programs but Gimp will offer the most.

DVD player: Ogle, Xine, Mplayer

Digital Video Editor; DVD authoring software: I dont do either :) so I cant recomend

Office Suite: StarOffice, Open Office, KOffice With these you may want to look at file compatiblity if you have to share. I myself use Star Office

See the links here:
(still building it)
http://www.radar92.net/linuxlinks.htm


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 Post subject: Here's my distro of choice to show newbies
PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2004 12:40 pm 
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http://kanotix.mipooh.net/viewtopic.php?t=2150


boots from cd, everything is auto-detected, and activated.
the hdd install script works well, and gives you a debian-sid system.

It's a flavour of Knoppix, so of course I recommend

www.knoppix.net



jaz


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2004 2:49 pm 
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Thanks everyone for your advice and suggestions. I obviously need to do more research on my own, but you all have pointed me in helpful directions. As for games, I do plan to keep a Windows system around as well, because of game availability, and I'll build a new machine for to play with linux.

So that's my next question...waddia think, 64 bit Athlon?


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2004 8:43 pm 
Bitchin' Fast 3D Z8000
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Zim wrote:
So that's my next question...waddia think, 64 bit Athlon?



That belongs to hardware haven. :P :P :P :P


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