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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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thats is an excellent question....

by kaicremata In reply to What type of future do yo ...

i use a computer to work with so it tends to be a tool, albeit there is nothing wrong with a fancy tool. for all attached devices, like the printer, my perspective is there are no extra features, you either have them or you have less than what you need(this is important to me - i generate paper for money)
so i think i will get up and running and add what i can make the system work. at a certain point, i will be materially done. i mean how many different media players do you need? and how much better can the next one be? thank you for responding, to everyone, it has been interesting assimilating the responses, this crowd is all over the map!!! except for one thing
Y'ALL LOVX LINUX! and i hope to join you soon in that lovx, dell has my ship date as 02/23 with 3-5 days of delivery.

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try live CDs first

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

One way to find what you like is to use live CDs. You can try many different distros without spending the time to install. Most have install options if you find one you like. Or, you can just use the live all the time. A small one called Puppylinux loads entirely into RAM and is a whiz to run. You can load OOo into a file on the HD and it is there for use. It is designed so you can use the CD/DVD drive as it is totally in RAM.

A really fun website is www.distrowatch.com . Great starting place for all things linux and, to further confuse thing, BSD. I personnally use duel boot Dreamlinux/XP and have PC-BSD on an 8 y/o 400 Mhz with 160 RAM that is faster than my custom built Linux/XP box with 1.6 GHTZ and 512 RAM. Have fun learning. Because it never stops.

Paul

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thank you paul..

by kaicremata In reply to try live CDs first

that was a very practical and useful reply...the dell has been shipped and should be here in a few days...having used fairly reliable but sometimes quirky 7 yr old thinkpad for some time, i am just wild about a new system and a new o/s.

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Live CD is the way to go

by Flash00 In reply to try live CDs first

In fact, I've been using Puppy Linux ( http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/ ) as my exclusive OS for over a year now. I run it from a multisession DVD in a computer without a hard drive. Puppy Linux is very small, only about 80 MB, so it loads very fast from the DVD, but full featured. It has Mozilla, a spread sheet, word processor, media player for DVDs, and much more that I never use -- and none of that command-line stuff unless you want to use it. :)

When the computer is shut down, its state is saved to a new session on the DVD. When the computer is restarted, programs, settings, work in progress, etc., are reloaded from the saved sessions on the DVD. Security is absolute, because the DVD can be removed from the drive after the computer is shut down, leaving only empty RAM.

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Multiboot?

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

As your new system is coming with Windoze you have the option of setting it up for multiboot. I use my good old fashioned drive image to make the image then write it back in a smaller partition the rest I use for Linux. As to which flavour I am using SUSE 10.2 at the moment. It may be worthwhile going to the http://distrowatch.com website

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Agreed

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Multiboot?

You paid for Vista, you might as well keep it. You never know if you might come across a new software package that requires it. Plus, if you have trouble getting started with Linux, you can boot to Windows to get to the web for help.

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Email

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

I'll second Thunderbird over Outlook, but you might want to take a gander at Evolution. I'm still a noob, but I'm happy that Ubuntu chose this app.

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I've got your system!

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

Well almost.

I've used Kubuntu as a base system. Burn the CD (don't forget to verify it - it's important), pop the CD into the drive and follow the prompts. Kubuntu will install painlessly.

Once your system is up and running, browse to the Automatix web site and download and install Automatix2. This is a GUI that will turn your Kubuntu installation into a multi-media machine. It will also update your graphics card painlessly (which will probably be required for Beryl).

Go to the Beryl web site and follow the Wiki instructions for downloading and installing Beryl.

That's it, job done!

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well crap dude....

by kaicremata In reply to I've got your system!

is it any good...mine in on ups delivery today in gainesville, fl, im in tampa due to family death this past weekend. its killing me not to waiting at the door for it. hows the performance on your machine???

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It's really cool!

by lastchip In reply to well crap dude....

Kubuntu has proven to be an excellent starting point for Linux newbies (like me) and using Automatix, took all the pain out of installing the multi-media applications I wanted.

I've also tried Madrake (as was), SuSE, Xandros (another excellent starter distro)
RedHat (didn't like at all), but Kubuntu is the dogs danglies.

Beryl has the WOW factor. Being able to operate four independent desktops with all the applications I use and then rotate through them at will, sends my friends into fits of jealousy.

It's a 64 bit system that rocks!

Just be aware, when you install Beryl, you will probably have to slow down the default rotation speed. When I first installed it, I couldn't work out why I couldn't see the cube. The answer was, machines so fast the cube rotated faster than I could see it, so into Beryl's management menu, slow it down and hey; this really is the WOW!!!!!

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