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I'll give you a little bit of background on me first before I go into the problems I have been having with linux.

Approximately a year ago I got on a very short lived linux trip. I downloaded a few distros and played around for approximately a day on each one. I then realized how much I needed (at the time) a windows OS so I could game as wine just wasn't cutting it.

Fast forward to today. I have pretty much giving up gaming. I checked and the game that I will be playing is supported by wine. Since I never really got into how linux operated I decided to try out, from what I understand, the most popular distro of linux, Ubuntu. I got the latest version, 11.04. Burnt my disc installed everything and was feeling pretty good. Then I go to install the drivers for my vidio card. Restart like it said to do. My computer froze at a black screen. Restart the computer thinking it might be an easy fix and it does the same thing. So I pull out my phone and google about a black screen in 11.04, seems like quite a few others are having the same issue.

I then decide to get Ubuntu 10.10 and see how that works. I install it. Get all of the updates going and got the drivers installed for my video card. I restart like it tells me to. When I finally get back into the OS I find out that I have no internet connection. What? No internet connection? I am on a wired connection and I just had internet connection prior to installing all of the updates. What gives?

I am not ready to give up on linux yet. Should I look into another distro that might not have so many problems. Remember I am a complete linux noob. All I want is a good OS that I can install wine on and play some StarCraft 2, surf the internet, watch some movies and transfer songs to a ipod.

Advice?
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post #2 of 17
I personally dislike Ubuntu. How it got to be everyone's first choice, I can hardly comprehend.

As for me, I personally use Fedora (and it'll probably run SCII better). See my Linux Software Guide for instructions on installing the NVIDIA drivers on Fedora.
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post #3 of 17
Error, you've been double posting a lot lately.

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I'm not so sure what's going on with Ubuntu. It seems to have it's own issues. Being another Fedora user, I'm inclined to recommend it as well. Go with 14 though, 15 is still in alpha.
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Thanks for the help. With my sig rig should I go with a 32 bit or 64 bit OS?
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Doesn't really matter. You'll only run into the occasional problem on x64 if you compile 32bit stuff and have to specify 32bit libraries, and all that, but it's easily solved. So pretty much your preference.
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Thanks for the help. With my sig rig should I go with a 32 bit or 64 bit OS?
64-bit without question.
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I'd recommend Linux Mint x64, personally (it's more noob-friendly than Ubuntu)
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post #8 of 17
Try out Fedora or Linux Mint. Linux Mint is about the most noob-friendly distro out currently.

I've been running Fedora lately and I'm liking it a lot, it's really stable and easy to get things running without much fuss.
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personally i'd wait and see a bit on any of the *buntu derived works...like mint...

i recently switched from ubuntu (4 years running it) to fedora 15 (i know its still alpha/beta) but so far i'm really enjoying it it does feel a bit more "polished" than ubuntu does.
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i have to vouch for mint to newer users, i think its actually more stable than ubuntu not to mention easier to use... it will just give you a better experience than the disaster that is ubuntu
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