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Created On: 09/10/2007 05:28 PM
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 03/14/2008 06:48 AM
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can i play wow on PCLinuxOS ? does it support 3d graphic card perfectly?
 03/15/2008 12:25 PM
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Yes, as long as you have to correct drivers, and PCLinuxOS should install those for you pretty easily.

Here's a guide for ubuntu, but it should work for many other distros as well:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=120615
 04/15/2008 06:54 PM
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I agree with mbjbdc, Linux Mint is even more user friendly than Ubuntu.
 04/17/2008 12:07 AM
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well if your going to be using linux for gaming then make sure you stay far away from the ati boat, also if you play windows games then go with the fedora distro as most games wont play on ubuntu very well
 04/17/2008 12:16 AM
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i dont know why but the wine forums listed the fedora distro as having the highest success rate of playing windows games
 04/21/2008 05:42 PM
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My vote is for Ubuntu, which I have used for the past 2 years since I left the windows world. I have never had to use the command line and I feel that Ubuntu is one of the best and easiest available. It does have limitations, but I know what they are and accept what it has to offer and work with it. I think you should give it another try in about a week when Hardy Heron is released, and you might have better luck.

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 04/23/2008 08:48 AM
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kubuntu rocks
 04/24/2008 01:05 AM
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Affirmative. Ubuntu.

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 04/26/2008 10:50 PM
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The new Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron rocks on my 2 1/2 year old Athlon 64 laptop!
 04/27/2008 09:12 PM
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Originally posted by: vsingh

The new Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron rocks on my 2 1/2 year old Athlon 64 laptop!


Yeah, spent a good amount of time upgrading from Gutsy Gibbon to Hardy Heron just now. Most basic services upgraded well without much effort - even wireless. But it was an ordeal to get DVD movies to play again. Here's the steps I had to do.

Add Medibuntu to the sources list, as well as its GPG key to the keyring.

This link will explain all of the commands required for this. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu

Four new updates then appeared in the automatic updates that needed to be installed which I did.

Then run in terminal:
$ sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2

Finally DVD's would now play, but the colors were completely off. People were blue!
Using Totem, I had to go to Edit->Preferences and set the hue to minimum and colors are now fine.

This is not my definition of user friendly even for Linux-land. I know I'm not a Linux expert and maybe there's an easier way to do all of this. But dang this was ridiculous.

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 04/29/2008 08:36 PM
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Check out this link. It helped me choose Ubuntu Linux. http://www.zegeniestudios.net/....php?select_lang=true. The only reason I use Windows is that my CHEAP new phone provider (http://www.magicjack.com/1/index.asp) requires it at present. Lee

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 04/29/2008 11:16 PM
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I took the little quiz in your link and here's what it recommended:

1. Zenwalk
2. Debian
3. Gentoo
4. openSUSE
5. Ubuntu
6. Fedora

I currently run Debian and have run all of the other distros except for Zenwalk at some time or another on my machine or others, so I suppose this is a rather decent little guide. I started out running SuSE on my old laptop, then went to Ubuntu when the pile of manure known as openSUSE 10.1 (aka "broken package manager") shipped. I kept Ubuntu on there until that machine died. I put Gentoo on my desktop when I first built it and kept it on there until the politics at the Gentoo Foundation started to spill over into the development of the OS. So I started to look for another distro and hadn't really used Debian, so I decided to go for it. Once you've used a few different distros and pretty well know your way around a typical Linux OS, the distros are not all that different. Basically the package manager and maybe a few locations of .conf files or the init system are a tad different between distros, but they are darn similar. This is especially true if you use the CLI to do your configuration as I do.

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 04/30/2008 09:24 AM
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vsingh
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Zenwalk looks quite interesting, especially with Fluxbox (i'm looking at a few screenshots right now and it looks VERY neat).
 07/25/2008 10:31 AM
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pardus 2008 is an underrated user-friendly distro. it has unique and fast package management, if you like kde. for gnome ubuntu.
 07/25/2008 06:01 PM
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For first-time Linux users, Ubuntu and other pre-packaged distros are OK. For more experienced users like me, Debian, Arch, and Slackware are definitely the sweet spot for highly customizable distros. FreeBSD is also great for those Linux users who want to experience the other *nixes.
 07/25/2008 06:39 PM
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I really don't see all that much of a difference between Ubuntu and Debian except for the installer, the fact that there is an official Ubuntu live CD but none for Debian. Oh, you also can use Debian testing as a day-to-day system but Ubuntu testing can be worse than Debian Sid at times. Other than that, Ubuntu is nothing more than a Debian testing snapshot with an orange theme and a slightly different default package selection. I suppose that makes a difference for somebody completely new to Linux but an experienced user sees that most everything under the hood is pretty much the same and is just as tweakable.

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