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I ordered these parts:

AMD BULLDOZER FX 4100 @ 3.8 Ghz x 4 Cores
Gigabite AM3+ Mobo
4 GB RAM @ 1600 Mhz
Nice case

I already have:

WD 2 TB HDD
Antec 450W PSU
DVD Drive

What's missing then?: OS.

I don't want Windows, so that pretty much leaves any Linux distro. What would I need it for?

Well I want it to look good
I would use it for programming and web design
Light gaming maybe e.g. GTA SA in WINE (I have a Radeon HD 4350 for the gfx side of things)
Watching movies

I hate Ubuntu, so that rules that out.

I was thinking either Kubuntu or SUSE, but am open to suggestions

What do you think?

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Looks like you could be a KDE man because your first distros were OpenSUSE and Kubuntu. In that case, OpenSUSE or Kubuntu (but isn't that a lot like ubuntu?!) would alright. Maybe Debian KDE would be better if you wanted something that wasn't as associated with Ubuntu, and still has a lot of support.

Personally, I don't like KDE, but Gnome 3 doesn't do much better. Linux Mint tries do work with Gnome 3 by adding it's own menu, and it doesn't look half bad. So Linux Mint might be worth a shot. Elementary OS looks pretty (but takes on a very OS X-like look), but lacks some standard applications, and since you are a programmer, you don't want that.

What I can recommend is getting Arch Linux, and making it look pretty with some time and effort. You don't seem unfamiliar with Linux, so I don't think you'll have too much trouble once you get past the installation process, which can be a major pain. The bleeding edge software will give you the most up to date features, and with WINE up to date, your games should run faster. However, if you hate working in the terminal (especially to install and remove packages), turn away and go back to a distro that does those things for you.
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Thanks Rothen. I actually forgot about Linux Mint. I tried it on a Live CD once and I quite liked it. Do you know if it has a software centre or is it all command line?
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For Mint I am quite sure it has a GUI based "Software Center".

EDIT: And not a horrible Ubuntu Software Center-like application, more like Synaptics, which I really do like.
Edited by Rothen - 12/4/11 at 5:31am
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Thanks. I want to learn to use the command line more but if things screw up or I can't work out a command to install things, it's good to have then GUI centre.
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Originally Posted by joshd View Post

I ordered these parts:
AMD BULLDOZER FX 4100 @ 3.8 Ghz x 4 Cores
Gigabite AM3+ Mobo
4 GB RAM @ 1600 Mhz
Nice case
I already have:
WD 2 TB HDD
Antec 450W PSU
DVD Drive
What's missing then?: OS.
I don't want Windows, so that pretty much leaves any Linux distro. What would I need it for?
Well I want it to look good
I would use it for programming and web design
Light gaming maybe e.g. GTA SA in WINE (I have a Radeon HD 4350 for the gfx side of things)
Watching movies
I hate Ubuntu, so that rules that out.
I was thinking either Kubuntu or SUSE, but am open to suggestions
What do you think?
Thanks guys.

Yeah, just go with Ubuntu(as in U/Ku//Xu variants... same distro) or Mint man. What don't you like about Ubuntu? You sound like you want something more stable and setup for you, so I would give a -1 to the Arch recommendations. Plus if you are going to use WINE, you're best off on the most popular distro because most tutorials and such will be written for ubuntu.

I have had problems with ATI in the past, and again Ubuntu has had the best hardware support consistently in my experience. I really don't think you have much else to think about. If you can point out what it is about gnome/ubuntu that you dislike, maybe I can give a better recommendation.
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I don't know really. I don't like the look and feel of it, and it lagged like mad on my old (SIG RIG). But I suppose in the new rig it probably would not Lag.

You have got a point with the hardware, though. I didn't think of it like that at all. Thanks.

I will probably go for a 'Buntu then.
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Thanks Rothen. I actually forgot about Linux Mint. I tried it on a Live CD once and I quite liked it. Do you know if it has a software centre or is it all command line?

 

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Thanks. I want to learn to use the command line more but if things screw up or I can't work out a command to install things, it's good to have then GUI centre.


I don't think mint uses Ubuntu's software center application, they have their own thing called "mintinstall" or something, it favors the older versions of ubuntu's software center (might even be based on it?).

 

IMHO the only advantages a GUI front end to a package manager has over its brethren in the command line is the searching for packages if you don't know the name of it or you are just browsing results for keyword (APT has this ability, but it is annoying IMHO).

 

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Fedora or Arch :D

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Mint is nice. Try the Mint Debian edition.
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