May 13th, 2007, 06:13 PM
new distro what should i do
ive been running slackware 11 since it came out i like it, but idont know how to burd cd dvds and stuff and sometimes when i play music it messes up my runescape(yes i play runescape) can someone help me figure out how to custumize it. but about the new distro ive been thinking about gentoo it seems more friendly even though slack is off the hook when are they gonna make 12? well my question what gentoo do i install??? alpha? x86? im not sure. please tell me as much as you can to help me. (im not really noob to linux i just dont know complex stuff yet but im tryng and google take forever to find the right answer so i came back here i havent loged for a long time)
May 13th, 2007, 07:02 PM
Well, perhaps you should check out a bit about hardware architecture as well as messing with operating systems? "alpha" and "x86" are processor architectures
well my question what gentoo do i install??? alpha? x86? im not sure. please tell me as much as you can to help me. (im not really noob to linux i just dont know complex stuff yet
Alpha is 64 bit whereas x86 can be 32 or 64 bit these days. IIRC Gentoo was pretty much developed as a platform specific distro, so I would recommend looking for one that suits your hardware
May 13th, 2007, 07:30 PM
i got an atholon xp processor what else do i need to know?
May 13th, 2007, 08:09 PM
If it is the "classic" AMD Athlon XP then it will be 32-bit. On the other hand, if it is an AMD Athlon 64 it is (as implied) a 64 bit processor.
What I cannot help you with is Gentoo I would advise looking at the x86 variants, as the AMD processor is x86 architecture no matter whether it is 32bit or 64bit.
I don't know if a 64 bit environment will support 32 bit processing that well........ I certainly wouldn't go Alpha, as I think that may be difficult (it is pure 64 bit .............. or it was?)
Just giving you a few things to check out before you proceed.
May 13th, 2007, 08:54 PM
cool cool i think ive fixed my problem on slack by changing kde to xfce but i still wanna try out gentoo or other distros not just be a monodistro person if i have a separte hard drive to recover my windoze OS and i delete my windoze os and boot slack/gen instead of slack/win and for somereason want windoze back (not likely) i could delete gen or slack and use the separte recovery hardrive to put windoze back right??
May 14th, 2007, 12:41 AM
May 14th, 2007, 05:14 PM
if you want to do that from the command-line there is a program called cdrecord, just pop up the man page and look at that, i think that's not reason enough to leave slackware if you like it.
Originally Posted by k-rad
gentoo is -not- easier than slackware, if you're frustrated about the little issues you're experiencing in slackware,
Originally Posted by k-rad
what are you gonna say about what you're gonna face in gentoo?
If you know what you are doing, then go ahead and don't come back in a year j/k
I don't want to scare you off, but gentoo is for developers and such, and not for someone who wants something easy.
If you used slackware and liked it, i'd say stick with it. just google for slackbook, and slackware essentials for a start.
About other distro's that are easy there are a lot of them; SuSE, fedora, mandriva, ubuntu etc.
these are easy distros that get you going, and save you time.
If you want windoze(for games), i suggest getting a separate drive for it if you afford it, because you don't know if it will mess up your MBR.
May 18th, 2007, 05:34 PM
I hear Ubuntu's support for windows apps is getting pretty solid. I also herd that mandriva supports the new c&c. Hopefully I can find a distro that can play BF2142 as thats the only thing holding me back to windows.
May 18th, 2007, 06:30 PM
Version 7 of Ubuntu is impressive but not free from quirks. I've discovered several along the way that I've been able to band-aide on my own but the casual user or Linux hobbyist will certainly sit there steamed over issues like these.
If you want an easy way to play with distros, load up Ubuntu, then get Automatix installed. Once you do that, DL the VMWare package and you can add in a bunch of distros (free of course) and play away.
It's quite funny having windows as a guest OS rather than the host OS. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
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