Which ubuntu to use?

By God Of Mana ยท 14 replies
Jun 23, 2008
  1. I am not sure on which ubuntu I should use, here's a little about me, please help me choose!

    I play games very occasionally, I do some word processing (school) and have quite a few pics.

    So which sould I choose
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Ubuntu 8.04 i386
  3. think_guru

    think_guru TS Rookie

    I agree with SNGX1275, the newest version 8.04 is great. However, I do find myself that, since my system is somewhat old, the GUI in the newer versions tends to bog things down a little bit.

    While the newer version is nice because of the added features that improve ease of use, in the event that you are using an older system (anything less than a Pentium 4 2Ghz), I would recommend perhaps trying a slightly older version that is less demanding.

  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,006   +2,532


    Windows XP. Sorry man, but that's the way it is.
    The gaming isn't there with any Linux distro, and I strenuously recommend Adobe Photoshop Elements (Windows and Mac only), to edit and organize.

    In spite of this, if you're going to try Ubuntu, just make sure you download the version the matches your boards BIOS & CPU. In other words, if you have an Intel CPU with EMT64 or an AMD 64 bit CPU, you need to download the 64 bit version of Ubuntu standard "Desktop CD. The latest version is 8.04LTS "Hardy Heron". Here's the download mirror list; http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/downloadmirrors

    You might also want to consider downloading Open SUSE 11.0 which was just released. http://software.opensuse.org/

    There's an ongoing, "which one is better" controversy, between the Gnome (Ubuntu) desktop and Open SUSE's KDE desktop.
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I don't know that I would agree captaincranky. At least not about the version types. The i386 will work on any x86 processor at or above a 386 I believe. Because of this being pretty much the standard for linux distros forever there is the most hardware and software support. If you get the 64bit versions you may still have some issues with hardware/software support. Its just like Windows 64bit editions in that respect. I'm sure it gets better every day, but if you are new to linux why take that risk for probably unnoticable speed gains.
  6. God Of Mana

    God Of Mana TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 493

    wait wait, can ubuntu support photoshop?
  7. think_guru

    think_guru TS Rookie

    I don't believe there is a Linux version for photoshop. Unfortunately, there is not even a Linux version of Acrobat Pro. (I want to hi-light my pdfs!)

    However, there are 2 alternatives:

    1) Use GIMP, which is a fairly well respected freeware replacement for photoshop, and I believe comes with Ubuntu.

    2) Use Wine, which is a Windows emulator that runs in Linux, to run an emulated version of Photoshop. (Taken from the Wikipedia website: "In January 2008, the Wine project announced official support for Photoshop CS2, allowing the Windows version of Photoshop CS2 to be used on Linux and other Unix platforms.")

    Hope this helps! Linux at times can be a very frustrating but also very rewarding experience :)
  8. God Of Mana

    God Of Mana TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 493

    I guess ill stick with xp then... :)
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,006   +2,532

    There isn't

    GIMP does come with Ubuntu. Only Photoshop & PSE support adjustment layers, which are actually the best feature of all Photoshop editing features. They're non-destructive and use very little memory. When you dupe an actual (or normal) layer, you double the file size!
    PS CS2, is still $600.00 dollars. However it isn't actually current, as Photoshop is now on CS3. Wine (to my knowledge), won't run Photoshop Elements 4,5, or 6, which is only $100.00 at retail, and given away (PSE-4) with certain scanners & printers.
  10. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    thread should have ended here.
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,006   +2,532

    Is that a fact?
  12. God Of Mana

    God Of Mana TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 493

    And your point is? XD
  13. you use a 286

    you use a 286 TS Rookie Posts: 63

    I would have to say either 8.10 or 7.04, which was the first one I used and I still have it on my desktop, altough 8.10 works very well also
  14. tragicallyhip

    tragicallyhip TS Booster Posts: 91   +13

    Just use GIMP it's preinstalled
  15. cbizz

    cbizz TS Rookie

    For gaming, Windows is your best bet no doubt....however, if you want to use Ubuntu and are worried about having any type of problems I would suggest using a LTS (Long Term Support) so you can have Cannonical help you for a few years. However, if stablility is not a big concern, go for the latest and greatest.

    Just my 2 cents

    PS - I use Ubuntu Hardy Heron 64 bit and love it
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