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steve scott Jun 28, 2009, 08:34am EDT Report Abuse
hi there right well i am a total noob at this linux stuff i have had xp for years and i tried vista hate it i tried windows 7 hate it. so i thought i would try linux but there is sooo many i am not sure what one to get i tried the ubuntu last night and i had big dramas it installed and kept freezing on me everytime the download manager came up snd then if it didnt come up it was about 5 mins in to doing something and it would freeze so i just put xp pro back on. i am just wondering what linux os is the most stable and user friendly for me to use i am using amd cpu ati graphics 3 gb ram msi motherboard 320gb hdd sound blaster 5.1 sound card

i am just lost and feeling like i am going to be stuck on xp for the rest of my computing days lol. can someone tell me the one to go for and where to download it thankyou very much

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Liquid Shadow Jun 28, 2009, 01:25pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: linux ubuntu
Well, Ubuntu is the one of the most user friendly Linux distros out there, BUT I still wouldn't say it is that user-friendly in the large scheme of things, because a lot of things can only be accomplished via the terminal or commandline. Plus Linux may not be 100% compatible with your hardware. I have used Ubuntu for a couple of month before but I never had freezing problems.

It's such a shame that you hate Vista and Windows 7, why don't you get a Mac then? You may like Leopard better.

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habs fan Jun 28, 2009, 01:57pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: linux ubuntu
There is no need to install Ubuntu in order to try it out. Just download a copy of the "Live" cd. You can boot Ubuntu right from the cd & play around. I actually like to use it for testing to rule out hardware problems when Windows is acting up. As the previous poster said though, no version of Linux is really user friendly in the same way that Windows is. However, please don't drink the Apple kool-aid. :)

steve scott Jun 28, 2009, 03:14pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: linux ubuntu
yeah i booted with live cd but it still froze on me

Liquid Shadow Jun 28, 2009, 03:46pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: linux ubuntu
Sounds like you've got a hardware problem there.

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steve scott Jun 28, 2009, 04:26pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: linux ubuntu
Liquid Shadow said:
Sounds like you've got a hardware problem there.

how do i find out what hardware it is ??? like i said i am a noob with this linux

Liquid Shadow Jun 28, 2009, 04:31pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: linux ubuntu
That's really hard to say. I have never troubleshooted hardware problems in Linux before. My advice to you is pick an OS that is more user-friendly.

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steve scott Jun 28, 2009, 04:35pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: linux ubuntu
well what i have been doin today is modding win xp to look and behave like linux and i have just finnished it great all my hardware software works and it is fast and clean just what i wanted. i might go back to linux at some point but this will do me for the mo thankyou for your help anyway

Adam Kolak Jun 28, 2009, 05:38pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: linux ubuntu
What you may want to do eventually is setup a dual boot with Linux and your Windows version of choice so you can learn the whole Linux/Unix side of things but still have user friendly Windows to be able to boot into as well. There is also VMWare. Personally I do not have much of a need for Linux but I do keep a few different distributions handy as Virtual Machines for when I need them.

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hippy1001 Jun 28, 2009, 06:38pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: linux ubuntu
i tried that linux ubuntu on my laptop (xbuntu) and it seemed to work very well, was quite fast n responsive and such, but i had trouble with the networking.
So i moved onto ubuntu, and i found the networking worked very well but the screen would freeze.
think it turned out, ubuntu doesnt like ati graphics cards very well, and they do recommend they would rather you have a nvidia card, something about thier drivers etc.

i did however find that the program that was making it freeze every 2 mins was the "aero" like interface that made the desktop do effects like transparent glass etc.

by going into System -- Preferences -- Appearance -- Visual Effects, i could turn them off and it worked quite well from then onwards.

Although i went back to windows xp after a few months.
i feel im too old/lazy to learn a new operating system, and didnt like the feeling of being all alone and in the dark not knowing how to solve basic problems. lol



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