May 12th, 2007, 04:37 AM
running the perfect *nix distro 101
i just got anonymous webrowsing to on my system
ive got some noob questions about a router
installing *nix i.e. (choosing distro)
and which distro would be the best decision for semi noobs to learn how to write or cut n paste *nix scripts for setting up nvidia drivers for a geforce fx 5200 and successfully running steam with CS S , DoD S, WoW, BF2, random other new and upcoming opengl graphic intense PC games, but most of all i desire to run a good stable *nix distro for a DESKTOP not laptop with 512 / 1gb DDR amd 2800+ 2.1ghz asrock 462 mobo with SiS chipset and soundblaster live PCI card and DSL 1.5mb connected to a NIC 10/100 no router yet hardwired connection
if anyone is bored and is good in this field feel free to msg me on synobite on aim
May 14th, 2007, 05:18 AM
It's a sticky. Also for hardware support SUSE is probably the best.
May 14th, 2007, 07:02 AM
May 14th, 2007, 02:10 PM
That's OK, I'm used to it from the Gentoo boys Hehe. Nah though in all seriousness, if he tries out Ubuntu and it works right out of the box so to speak for him, then cool. I just think that for me, the hardware I've seen work the most was either SUSE or Slackware. They seem to work very well without messing with everything. Specially SUSE.
May 15th, 2007, 02:40 AM
thx alot for the help everyone im gonna give this old copy of suse 10 dvd a try , i might go and d/l ubuntu or beryl if i dont like this distro
May 15th, 2007, 05:51 PM
Yeah I dont want to be an ubuntu zealot but I suppose i have been won over. debian has a nice file structure it turns me on. but anyways, I am running kubuntu (cuz kde is my fav gui) and my geforce 6800 worked right out of the box as they say, and on a dual flat screen setup, you'll have to do some things by hand if your using a dual widescreen setup, but its fairly simple.
i have better luck for hardware compatibility with suse for my server setups, especially setting up plesk or something like that, but for a client system its best to use k(ubuntu) edgy for the ease of use, and the apt packaging system is alot easier than yum and yast.
well thats my 42 cents
May 15th, 2007, 06:44 PM
It's easier to type commands than click on things in YAST? for who? And what is this file structure you speak of in Debian?
Originally Posted by levi_501_dehaan
May 15th, 2007, 09:10 PM
there are several "click" programs in the Gui on K(Ubuntu) my favorite being the synaptic package manager.
I would suggest checking out Debian/Ubuntu before making any spurious comments .
and the file structure i mentioned is the file structure, different flavors of Linux have differing file structures, some are usually always the same, /var/www for example but in an overall picture of the file system there is a noticeable difference in the way things are structured and where files are placed.
when i mentioned the file structure i was talking about command line, but what this user is curious about it seems to me, is the graphical interface, which is why i mentioned that the package managers are in my opinion, better and easier to navigate.
as well as support for almost all packages you could want with automatic configuration on your system. and more options for repositories than you will ever need, and alien which lets you convert other package formats to the deb format.
as well there is a large amount of support for the graphical user community, namely the nvidia chipsets and the support for multiple screens built in to the kernel modules.
i have used every distro, and like i said suse is good for server installs, mostly because of the the disk support for the new scsi raid systems and what not, but for a single user who wants to use Linux for a desktop computing platform i feel Debian/Ubuntu takes the cake.
May 16th, 2007, 03:19 AM
I've been using Debian since 3.0 (And in Debian years, that's damn near stone age) and Ubuntu since about 5.0 or so, can't recall which as I don't look at the package it came in anymore.
File structure as you're calling it isn't anything, Linux is Linux. The Kernel is still the same one Linus wrote unless you're using a customized one, and the shells and where things go don't really mean a thing.
I'll stick with Slackware, same stability, actual new packages! And SUSE, just because I'm elitist like that.
May 16th, 2007, 06:01 PM
this could be a debate to last years, however lets agree to disagree on this subject and put it to rest, we both agree that linux in all its forms rocks socks. hopefully we answered synobite's questions or at least some of them concerning hardware compatibility.
but kernels are all different, and disparate kernel modules can make the same releases different, on that one there is no argument.
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