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If you were a new linux user, how would you set up your system?

By kaicremata ·
i'm committed, new system (intel duo e6600/2 gig of DRAM/nvidia 7300le/250gb HD/20"dell e207fwp) coming in next week, and i want to go lynux.

I am pretty sold on the KDE office, which is important, as i am a good document generator (on a killer dell 5110 color laser which dims the light when it kicks in). i am liking the beryl interface, although out of fairness, i have to save i have never touched a line of linux code in my life.

my system comes with vista, i don't want to use it all. i don't want to ever use msword again, it is horrid, i like thunderbird over outlook, am a happy firefox user and i voip (viatalk), which has turned out to be a fine value.

i am looking for some constructive path directions for distros, painless integration, worthwhile plugins and oh, we do like bells and whistles...for a purpose.

impress me with your experience, show me the way...and i thank you in advance for your input.

heck, if i could some good response, i'll even post my picture up (no conceit in our family)

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Go for ubuntu

by blu.saphire In reply to If you were a new linux u ...

I will recommend a distribution which should be easy to install and configure.

Since for a new person it will be difficult to get it going with all the configurations on the first go.....!

It is better to go for Ubuntu 6.10 distribution on a new PC.

The installation Step can be completed without using the command prompt

1. Install the distribution(Ubuntu)

Be ready with the distribution CD's and make sure to set the system to boot from CD/DVD drive.

Insert the first CD/DVD(bootable) into the drive and start the system.

Select the method of installation.

If you want to specify the partitions to be created manually [ esp. for root (/), swap(twice of RAM), home (/home) ]; else select the default partitioning scheme.

Select the packages you want to install during the installation.

And with minimal user interaction the system should be ready.
Intall the graphic driver if it is not set during instal.
Following the link for configuration

It is recommended to have one more user other than root which can be used for internet access and for playing games.

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I 2nd Ubuntu

by rick In reply to Go for ubuntu

I would second Ubuntu. This has open office and all the apps you want to download.

The new Office O7 doesn't even come with a new PC. I just bought a PC with Vista Home Enhanced and they gave me a 60 day trial of Office 2007, in the short time I used it, it is worse teh the old stuff. much more confusing and you have to download a patch to make things backwards compatible!
It really stinks!

I just wish open office had better premade templates we could download.

Cheers and Good Luck!

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Go with Kubuntu

by bereaduke In reply to I 2nd Ubuntu

If you prefer KDE, then you won't like Ubuntu which is Gnome based. However Ubuntu has a KDE flavor named appropriately enough Kubuntu.

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KDE vs. Gnome - Draw the battlelines, please.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Go with Kubuntu

I can't say that I've played with either much. What are the criteria you use for evaluating a GUI? What do you like and dislike about each, or other GUIs? What do you see as the functional differences between them and 'Windows Classic'?

As near as I could tell after using each about 15 to 20 times each, the differences were minimal. Maybe I don't know what I'm looking at.

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by Jaqui In reply to KDE vs. Gnome - Draw the ...

There is only one diffrence, from the use perspective:
G.N.O.M.E. is meant to look like Macos < X
K.D.E. is meant to look like Windows.

both are heavily bloated with tons of garbage that has no place on an office desktop system.
[ just like windows and mac, bloated guis ]

I won't use them.
don't want the bloat.

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What do you suggest as an alternative...?

by nbibbins In reply to differences?

What do you suggest as an alternative, Jaqui?

Or do you use command line only?

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depends on what you want

by Jaqui In reply to What do you suggest as an ...

if you want a full multimedia rich gui, use one of them.

if you wanta minimal desktop environment, fluxbox, blackbox, mwm ....

I personally use enlightenment window manageras my gui.
extremely lightweight on resourse consumption, with very few bells and whistles.

There are a lot of options, most people like the bloat of GNOME and KDE, I don't.

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I have been playing with both quite a bit lately...

by shardeth-15902278 In reply to KDE vs. Gnome - Draw the ...

My experience thus far is that KDE is a little more stable, in that I have fewer (none, actaully so far) unexpected application crashes, whereas some of the GNOME applications have quite unexpectedly crashed for seemlingly no reason.

From a performance perspective they seem similar, though KDE takes a little longer to initialize.

Many people say KDE is bigger and more bloated then GNOME. I am still trying to figure out why, as the KDEBASE install is about 2/3 the size of GNOME-Core (note this is in Debian 3.1R4, perhaps it is different for other distros), and when running idle, KDE consumes less CPU and less Memory, according to top.

AS far as comparing to Windows Classic, do you mean win2000 or WinXP GUI?.

What I look for in a GUI...
responsive (no sluggish), intuitive (I shouldn't need to read a manual to figure out how to make it work),enabling (good efficient use of both Keyboard and mouse, so I can do things quickly and easily, I am a fan of context menus, and KB shortcuts).
Also true GUI'ishness is important (Though that is more an issue of the apps rather than the specific GUI). Putting a pretty frame around the old cmdline interface just doesn't cut it.

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Whatever turns you on...

by intj-astral In reply to KDE vs. Gnome - Draw the ...

That's the beauty of Linux. If you use
Windows, either will make you relearn
a few things but also have pleasing
extras you haven't had before. I like the
ease of KDE menu management, but I don't
quite get how that works in Gnome. Gnome
has Gedit text editor, though, and I
really like that one. You can also use
KDE or Gnome apps in the more minimalist
desktops like Blackbox and so on. and
KDE has screensavers to drool for, way
nicer than windows. Also, if you sought
out Windows equivalents of apps included
in your average distro, you could
probably buy a high-powered gaming rig
with what it would cost.

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Mandrake now Mandriva was my start

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to If you were a new linux u ...

Went in easy and put all sorts of stuff to have an investigate of.

Personally I'd start with a minimum and then add bits, remove the ones you don't like. The package manager (installer) is fairly easy to get your head round.
Unlike windows, be prepared for a multitude of potential options, and that's just on the provided media.

If you like KDE and want to look at development install the development tools (was an option on the installer in Mandrake 9 and 10). KDevelop is quite a good start, lots of options and help in it and all GUI'd up.

Happy learning

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