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I've got a 36 gb raptor for a system drive (partitioned between xp pro and vista at the moment, but looking to get rid of vista til better drivers come out), a 320gb seagate for media puposes, and two 80gb's in raid0 for a 160gb hdd for all my games. By the way all the hdd's are sata and the raid is through the mobo (asus a8n-sli prem)
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Okay, that RAID will most likely not work or be detected, but no big deal. I would stick linux on raptor...

As for the distro, I have two questions:

1. How much do you know about linux right now?

2. How much are you willing to learn/troubleshoot?
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I'm an aerospace engineer so Ive taken some classes in fortran and linux, on a scale of 1 to 10 id say im a 3 or a 4... 6 or 7 as far as computer in general. Im pretty willing to find a working alternative to windows, asl ong as it fits my need, 64 bit would be good too
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to being a fellow engineer! I've been toying with the idea of continuing with a graduate program in Aerospace Engineering just so I can call myself a Rocket Scientist But I think I'll stick to CS...

Anyway, it basically all comes down to package management. I personally don't suggest RPM based distros, but that's just a preference. I've found RPM to be inferior to dpkg (deb and apt) particularly with dependencies. So that being said, I stick mainly to Debian or Debian based distros. However, I have lately moved to Gentoo and Gentoo based distros which are source-based. This means that everytime you install something, your computer compiles it according to your system versus installing precompiled packages. This makes everything quite fast, the catch being that it takes MUCH longer to install packages. But the end result is worth it.

So depending one what sort of package management you want to try out, I would start off with any of these distros. Once you're comfortable - you can make things harder on yourself

Debian Based Distros
Ubuntu/Kubuntu (Depending on whether you want Gnome or KDE)
MEPIS
NOTE: I wouldn't mess with the 64-bit versions of these particular distros just yet

Gentoo Based Distros - go ahead and get the 64-bit versions
Sabayon
Kororaa - Desktop Cube thing, just check it out anyway

Here's some screenshots of different desktops

Also, feel free to hit me up on AIM and I can help you work through some of this stuff - I know I won't be studying anyway...
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Not to interupt or anything...but is Bluewhite64 really considered Slax or Debian -based at this point...
Also I was looking into the Sabayon...are there many differences in command line entries that I need to make?
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Why has no one mentioned Linspire! Linspire is like, the Linux kernel of Windows. A lot of the ports for windows are open for linspire, you should check it out. (I think it's also codenamed "Lindows.")
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Not to interupt or anything...but is Bluewhite64 really considered Slax or Debian -based at this point...
Also I was looking into the Sabayon...are there many differences in command line entries that I need to make?
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?dis...on=bluewhite64

It's slackware based.

And no offense Essy, but I would stay away from Linux that tries to be Windows.
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Was just trying to help. I only used Linux for about a year and used some red hat or something. I liked it, but not enough games.
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Quote:
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Was just trying to help. I only used Linux for about a year and used some red hat or something. I liked it, but not enough games.
It's cool, I appreciate the input... I was just throwing my opinion out there about it.
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how would I get directx/opengl games to work. drivers? http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html
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