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I think this is an awesome os never tried it but from the youtube videos it looks sound. I have no beef with Linux I use Zorin I know, you ban bash me if you want. Also I use a Mac as well as windows 7 and 8. Why all the Os I don't know. The main ones I use is Mac and windows and Zorin from time to time. May I ask what your specs are because there are Mac Distros out there that simplify the process of installing. I don't recommend them but it is more complicated to install retail mac. I run 10.8.4 on my system and love the speed of it. Now I don't do heavy gaming but using utorrent and web cruising it is a beast.

Ehh I believe we can't talk about that here (rules) But I too run that 100% functional but still it's a hacked system and you have to change system files and whatnot. It's not stable at all. Whereas Linux is meant to run/supports on PC hardware like Windows. I still prefer eOS Linux over OS X because it's not so much controlledI prefer the Linux freedom. biggrin.gif Linux only needs more commercial software.

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While elementary is definitely customizable (once you install an extra package) it has a mindset similar to the Gnome team's in that they believe there's a single right way to do things. It helps that more often than not they're right, but it works best if you go into it willing to change your computing habits.
    
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My suggestion, stop distro hopping just for desktop environments. Pick a distribution and install different environments to test them out. Every distribution you listed is or is based on Ubuntu, so it's kind of redundant reinstalling just to go from Ubuntu, to Kubuntu or to any other (letter-here) Ubuntu. Linux Mint is also Ubuntu based but with the cinnamon desktop which can be install in regular ol' Ubuntu. And Bohdi is as well based on Ubuntu but with the E17 desktop, again easily installable on regular Ubuntu.

You'd save yourself a ton of time simply installing the different desktop environments or window managers in one install and uninstalling when done. You'll get the same relative experience as each is essentially the same as the different distributions, with less of a headache and time saved.



Now if you want a different overall experience aside from the desktop environments, then you could install actual different functioning distributions. Debian based ( Debian, Ubuntu, etc ), RPM based ( RedHat, Fedora, CentOS, etc ), or even go source based and generally different distributions like Arch, Gentoo, Slackware, etc.

Again, most will be the same aside from package management and philosophy, but it is nice to learn the different package management tools to find out which one you like and can use. Although anything Ubuntu based will use the software manager which kind of makes apt*/yum/pacman/etc seem complicated or useless to the average user. Some distributions don't provide certain packages by default either due to their philosophy for open source, so you'll have to enable their respective "non-free" repository.

I have just been popping them open in a VM instead of installing and jumping around with them, I figure that's even quicker than installing an operating system and fiddling with it a bunch. Arch has piqued my interest. Although it seems a little out of my league, I will probably end up giving it a go anyways. I am interested in getting away from Ubuntu simply because I feel like there is much more to see than that and I think I am correct thumb.gif Thanks for the input, very much appreciated!
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Let's see..... some of the ones I had been more impressed with in my early Linux adventures.

PCLinuxOS was and still is king for ease of use. Proprietary graphics drivers? Yep. All codecs install for media with flash and mp3 and ogg and whatever else? Yep again. Large user based support community? Yes again. Are most of them dicks? Unfortunately yes.

Salix is great for a Slackware-based distro. Slapt-get package management makes resolving dependencies a breeze. One iso can install 3 different types of systems. Base, minimal and full. The user base was small but very friendly and open.

Manjaro is great. All the fun of Arch without alot of the headaches that discourage most new users. And you will learn linux quickly with Arch. I learned more in 1 year with ArchLinux than I did with three years using various others.

My advice is get used to unetbootin or go get a 5 pack of DVD-rw's and get to testing. Set goals for yourself. Don't use something for half an hour and get discouraged and erase it for something else. Try to use a distro for a week and get used to it. You will bork your system. Probably several times. It happens. Make backups frequently. Clonezilla is your friend. Keep a notebook handly. You will run across great info and tips and tricks and all kinds of cool stuff. Write it down. You will forget stuff and having notes handy will sometimes save your bacon. Don't be afraid to ask questions. No one came from the womb knowing bash or shell scripting or anything. Some people will give you a hard time but most people in the Linux community will want you to succeed. Have fun.

Alright, my long post is over. If you ever need any help just ask. thumb.gif

(Edited for typos.)

I'll be sure to let you know if I need anything, I intend on trying out Manjaro, Elementary, and Arch Linux soon. Thanks thumb.gif
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Ehh I believe we can't talk about that here (rules) But I too run that 100% functional but still it's a hacked system and you have to change system files and whatnot. It's not stable at all. Whereas Linux is meant to run/supports on PC hardware like Windows. I still prefer eOS Linux over OS X because it's not so much controlledI prefer the Linux freedom. biggrin.gif Linux only needs more commercial software.

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Thank you for informing me of said (rule) I don't believe I have taken the time to read all of them. I have read the main one's though. True as well you do have to change system files. I am going to be doing a platform change to ivy so I will try that eOS for a few days. Question about that OS in order to play some games do you have to run PlayonLinux?
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Thank you for informing me of said (rule) I don't believe I have taken the time to read all of them. I have read the main one's though. True as well you do have to change system files. I am going to be doing a platform change to ivy so I will try that eOS for a few days. Question about that OS in order to play some games do you have to run PlayonLinux?

Yep, but PlayOnLinux uses Wine so make sure you get Wine before u install, then you check compatibility with Wine on whatever game your trying to run.

http://www.winehq.org/

eOS will fly on modern hardware !! It's snappy and bug free (so far tongue.gif)
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Can you run eOS from the disc image w/o installing?
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Can you run eOS from the disc image w/o installing?




Yes it is a live cd smile.gif
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I'll be sure to let you know if I need anything, I intend on trying out Manjaro, Elementary, and Arch Linux soon. Thanks thumb.gif

GL with Arch Linux. I still remember when they eliminated the installer. Now it's just a series of scripts, which is well more difficult, but manageable. BTW, you'll need to install the desktop/window manager yourself along with everything else.

Also one thing that people really (and I mean really) like about Arch is the Arch User Repository (AUR for short). Basically, it is a huge collection of installation scripts (example) that let you install/remove software easily with the package manager.
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. Question about that OS in order to play some games do you have to run PlayonLinux?

Play On Linux isn't necessary, but it makes things easier. Now, however, a lot of games are being ported to Linux, like Valve source engine games. You do not need Play On Linux if the game is available natively. They will run faster if you run them natively.
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GL with Arch Linux. I still remember when they eliminated the installer. Now it's just a series of scripts, which is well more difficult, but manageable. BTW, you'll need to install the desktop/window manager yourself along with everything else..

Please don't spread FUD. The new install scripts are quite easy to use. I, personally, found them easier than the old AIF when I did a recent install in a virtual machine.

To the OP: You'll have no problem installing and setting up Arch Linux if you follow the Beginner's Guide and/or Installation guide on the Arch Wiki.
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