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Fully Featured Linux Distro???

By cfitzarl
Dec 4, 2006
  1. I am looking for a distribution of linux that is featured (like xp or vista) graphically and is easier to install. I have seen a few from a website www.linux.org suggested, but it doesn't really tell me much. Thanks in advance for answers :) !
     
  2. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,520   +9

    Found something! "Dream Linux"
     
  3. zacbraak

    zacbraak TS Rookie

    ubuntu is probably the most user friendly free distribution on the market. SUSE is also proclaimed as being user friendly, however it was too friendly for me to even be able to use it.
    Linspire is a paid for distribution which is said to have good support and easy to use, however i have 0 experience with it
     
  4. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,336   +280

    I second Ubuntu. It's very easy to install and get started on right away. It also includes support for many devices right out of the box. I believe Linspire is now free - at least I downloaded a full version from their site for free and it worked without a hitch, but I'd still recommend Ubuntu.
     
  5. zacbraak

    zacbraak TS Rookie

    looking back at the original post "featured (like xp or vista) graphically" if you are wanting eye candy check out xgl, particularly using the beryl manager. It is still beta, with many flaws, however it is fairly simple to install in ubuntu using the plethora of walkthroughs available online

    fyi, this should work on any distro, however I know it is simple to get installed with ubuntu
     
  6. agronick

    agronick TS Rookie Posts: 120

    Ubutnu sucks. I tried it and I found it ugly. I got rid of it because I liked the interface on windows better and I already knew how to use it. About four months ago I picked up openSUSE. I can do everything I can in windows and it looks a lot better then windows. Beryl makes it 1000x better then windows. If you install it use kde. Heres a video of beryl: http://youtube.com/watch?v=gQ-cjKUowT0
     
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,635   +321

    I got Beryl installed on my ubuntu system, I can't figure out how to turn that zig-zaging shape when a menu is opened, I looked through the options and I guess I don't know what its called, or there is a bug preventing me from turning it off.
     
  8. agronick

    agronick TS Rookie Posts: 120

    Look under the animations plugin. Make sure you have beryl-manager installed.
     
  9. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 638

    Don't badmouth ubuntu just because you don't like the look of it. If KDE is what you want you could've got kubuntu, which is ubuntu with KDE.
    Not everyone switching to linux, wants something that looks like windows. I don't and really hope the people making the distributions will stop making them so windows like.
     
  10. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    As you said yourself, one can always change the window manager. If you don't like the Windows look, try any of WindowMaker, FVWM2, blackbox, openbox, fluxbox and the list goes on..
     
  11. agronick

    agronick TS Rookie Posts: 120

    I tried kubuntu too. I liked openSUSE the best. Ubuntu was brown and ugly. I never said I liked openSUSE because it reminded me of windows. It was just the easiest to use. The whole OS seamed more seamless then Ubutu. System administration is tied together with yast.

    And why can't I badmouth Ubuntu. I didn't like it and I can't say I didn't?

    Oh wait sorry. Ubuntu is the ABSOLUTE BEST LINUX DISTRO EVER. I now need to seek penance from the god of the ubuntu cult.
     
     
  12. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 638

    Really dumping a distribution just because of the look of it?

    If you want to say something bad about a distribution, fine, but hating a distribution just 'cause you don't like the look just sounds weird to me.
    All of that can be changed.
     
  13. agronick

    agronick TS Rookie Posts: 120

  14. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    You are comparing KDE and Gnome, not Ubuntu and SuSE here.

    And looks is a very personal preference - it would be more fruitful to compare the overall features of distros.
     
  15. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 638

    WMs, wallpapers, icons, themes can all be changed after install, and therefore I don't see the reason to compare distros on looks.

    Ubuntu may be a bit dark, but I don't find it completely fugly.
     
  16. agronick

    agronick TS Rookie Posts: 120

    No, I am comparing Ubutnu to openSUSE.

    Fine, heres kubuntu:
    [​IMG]

    and openSUSE with Gnome:
    [​IMG]

    I have used ubuntu, kubuntu, and openSUSE with KDE and I have to say I like openSUSE more. The system feels more tied together. All system administration can be done from yast. From installing packages to changing the resolution, to patitioning. If the system breaks you can use the repair function on the disk to automaticly diagnose and fix it.

    Don't belive me? Try it.

    Linux.com wrote a review titled "openSUSE 10.2: the best Linux desktop yet?" The conclusion they came to:
    http://enterprise.linux.com/enterprise/06/12/11/1526210.shtml?tid=23
     
  17. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,520   +9

    I have tried a few, although they take up memory and one of them almost corrupted my windows default themes by keeping the themes process in msconfig off and it would not turn on until I restored my system a few times. I have had good experience with Alienguise (no matter how much I don't like Alienwares).
     
  18. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 638

    How did your window manager in Linux screw up your msconfig in Windows?
    --
    EDIT: Never mind. You're clearly confusing Linux window managers and Windows "window managers"
     
  19. agronick

    agronick TS Rookie Posts: 120

    Ha thats fuuny. I didn't understand it either.
     
  20. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,520   +9

    whoops :eek: , my mistake
     
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