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Old 17-07-2009, 12:56 AM   #1
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Which Linux for Noobs?

I am interested in testing out Linux using my laptop (ASUS M5200 - 1.6GHZ 768MB ram).
I did a search on the internet on which is suitable for noobs like me and which has higher distribution (thinking will have better support) and free :p

I narrow down to Mandriva One 2009 KDE and PCLinuxOS.

As I said, I am very new to Linux and hope to be able to user friendly interface. Will be mainly used for surfing net, Open Office and GIMP etc.

I hope that advise can be given to me whether is the above mentioned two will be suitable for me and if not any other recommendations.

Thanx in advance

Edit: Seems that a lot of people are using UBUNTU and describing how easy it is to use. I may try this out first.
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Old 17-07-2009, 01:50 AM   #2
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Ubuntu or Mint.
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Old 17-07-2009, 06:52 AM   #3
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Thx for the recommendation. Will check out Mint
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Old 17-07-2009, 09:38 AM   #4
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I have tried out Linux Mint. However, when I tried to download programs like VLC player etc there isnt any version specifically made for Linux Mint.

Will I be able to use the UBUNTU version since Linux Mint is base on that?
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Old 17-07-2009, 09:44 AM   #5
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You should be able to use ubuntu or debian versions on mint
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Old 17-07-2009, 03:26 PM   #6
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Thx for the inputs
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Old 17-07-2009, 04:35 PM   #7
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yes.. my take is Ubuntu too (sounds funny doesnt it?)
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Old 17-07-2009, 11:43 PM   #8
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yes.. my take is Ubuntu too (sounds funny doesnt it?)
hmm... will try it out tonight! thanx for inputs
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Old 18-07-2009, 02:51 AM   #9
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My first post using UBUNTU!!! The installations was simple and the interface is easy to understand.
Love the updates and listing of programs available for downloads

Thanx again for all of your inputs in helping making the first move to LINUX
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congrats !!!
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Old 19-07-2009, 07:29 PM   #11
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sorry for hi-jack this thread

i looking for a os, i also looking at windows 7

my main point is using Atom desktop N330 = 2cores + HT..

using for Home File server and torrent download

which os is the most easy way to setup file server? other then windows 7
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Old 30-07-2009, 11:01 AM   #12
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+1 for ubuntu. As default apps for BT and u can install samba if u want for ur filesharing later.
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Old 30-07-2009, 12:12 PM   #13
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If u are running it as file server only (no gui stuff), freenas is your friend.

http://www.freenas.org/

For running torrent, u can try the command line version of rtorrent on the same box. Low resources and u can just screen it to run multipile instances.

http://libtorrent.rakshasa.no/

sorry for hi-jack this thread

i looking for a os, i also looking at windows 7

my main point is using Atom desktop N330 = 2cores + HT..

using for Home File server and torrent download

which os is the most easy way to setup file server? other then windows 7
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I would say Ubuntu as well
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I've been using Ubuntu for abt a year, it's pretty user friendly as compared to the others I've tried over the years (e.g. Caldera, Mandrake)

Here's a short video I made showing some cool compiz fusion add-ons:
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