I am Going Linux, but which one?

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posted on Apr, 22 2011 @ 01:46 PM
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Is Mint a version of Ubuntu?

Do you have any favorite sites for Noobs?
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posted on Apr, 22 2011 @ 01:52 PM
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Mint is a Debian distro running (usually) the KDE. There are literally dozens of sites for noobs on Linux.

Here's an article on Maximum PC
www.maximumpc.com...



posted on Apr, 22 2011 @ 02:27 PM
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So if I download Ubuntu with the KDE desktop, will it look like the Mint with KDE.



posted on Apr, 22 2011 @ 02:29 PM
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Ubuntu has it's own taskbar, but they are pretty much the same. My suggestion, as I've said is Ubuntu, it's a great little distro. I haven't tried mint myself, but I'm installing it to a VM now to check it out.

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Like Ubunut, it has a package and software manager and a very clean interface. I'd say it's a good distro for you brother.

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GIMP, OpenOffice, FireFox, Thunderbird, and VLC are included in the installation.
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posted on Apr, 22 2011 @ 03:44 PM
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Which Mint is that? The task bar looks different?

I like the looks of all of this, but I am a little worried my graphics will not get any better. I am into photography.

Thanks for all the help!

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posted on Apr, 22 2011 @ 03:52 PM
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Use the Live DVD version (x64 if your processor supports it).

Uses the GNOME desktop instead of the KDE. That's why it looks different.
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posted on Apr, 22 2011 @ 05:03 PM
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I have an AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile.Does that mean I can get the 64 DVD?



posted on Apr, 23 2011 @ 12:45 AM
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Perfect, and yes.



posted on Apr, 30 2011 @ 07:37 AM
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I suggest Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
It runs perfectly fine on mostly everything (use Ubuntu 9.04 if you have a slow computer).
Ubuntu also runs fine inside VirtualBox.



posted on Apr, 30 2011 @ 07:39 AM
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Originally posted by Tygart
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So if I download Ubuntu with the KDE desktop, will it look like the Mint with KDE.


Kind of, yes.
KUbuntu = with KDE
Ubuntu = with GNOME

Ubuntu 11 will have a new windows handler and stuff, so that one will look completely different.



posted on Apr, 30 2011 @ 07:43 AM
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Originally posted by Tygart
What is the KDE desktop or LXDE desktop?
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KDE is a heavy duty desktop.
LXDE is a small lightweight desktop handler.
GNOME is the golden middle way...



posted on Apr, 30 2011 @ 01:35 PM
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Thanks Tom, I already made the switch, I am using Mint with the KDE desktop, this computer is so fast now its crazy.

From what I read Mint is apart of Ubuntu.



posted on May, 2 2011 @ 10:47 AM
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Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" is out for those who want the new "Unity" desktop.

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posted on May, 2 2011 @ 11:17 AM
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Are you using Unity, BBB ? If so, how are you finding it ?

I upgraded to Natty Narwhal last night, the upgrade was pain free but I'm finding Unity a bit problematical. It's difficult to customise, that's my biggest gripe right now.



posted on May, 2 2011 @ 12:14 PM
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I upgraded Ubuntu a few days ago myself and don't like NN nearly as much as the previous version. On top of the lack of flexibility previously mentioned, it just doesn't do certain things as well (speed). I'm sure this will get ironed out eventually but still..

The launcher popping out all the time when your on the left side of the screen doing something is annoying too, yes there are ways to minimize it but not eliminate it.

Does anyone know of a fairly painless way to switch back? I looked just a little on the forums and it doesn't seem as easy as one might think.
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posted on May, 2 2011 @ 12:24 PM
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Originally posted by beezwaxes
I upgraded Ubuntu a few days ago myself and don't like NN nearly as much as the previous version. On top of the lack of flexibility previously mentioned, it just doesn't do certain things as well (speed). I'm sure this will get ironed out eventually but still..

The launcher popping out all the time when your on the left side of the screen doing something is annoying too, yes there are ways to minimize it but not eliminate it.

Does anyone know of a fairly painless way to switch back? I looked just a little on the forums and it doesn't seem as easy as one might think.
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Why not check out Mint KDE or Mint Gnome? With KDE you can make it anyway you want, you can disable just about anything annoying.



posted on May, 2 2011 @ 12:41 PM
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I think that's what I'm going to do, thanks. It's just that I had my old version of Ubuntu set up very comfortably and if there was a 'wayback button' I'd sure use it.

Additionally, if Ubuntu continues with the "we know what's best" programming, they are probably going to lose a lot of people.



posted on May, 2 2011 @ 01:14 PM
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Edit "Sorry I will repost later."
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posted on May, 2 2011 @ 03:18 PM
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Just regarding running all these live distro's from a USB - I find using Unetbootin really straight forward to put them to USB, it works with almost all Linux distro's (I seem to remember I had a problem with one of them... can't remember the specifics but an earlier version of unetbootin got around that.

It's cool cos you can ise the ISO's you have already downloaded or you can just select the latest version from the drop down list and It'll go and download that one for you as the first step in making a bootable USB.

Should save you burning off a ton of disks



posted on May, 2 2011 @ 04:51 PM
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When your computer boots up & you get to the log in screen, you'll see at the bottom that it's logging you into Ubuntu. Click on that Ubuntu tab at the bottom and you'll be given more options ... one is Ubuntu Classic ... it's still NN but with a more "conventional" look to it (i.e. no Unity).





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