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I tried installing Linux maybe 6 months or so ago and it gave me nothing but aggravation. Now, however, I believe I can tackle the task.

Since then, I have gotten two hard drives. One is an external used to back up all my program .exe's, pictures, video, etc in case I need to reformat, and the 80GB has yet to be put to good use.

So, I want to give Linux another try.

I want a version that is very graphic intensive. I want to do all the cool looking things. I'm not using it for programming or anything. I simply would like a wonderful interface. Which version/s should I be getting? What extras do I need? Based on my system, should I have drivers on a CD to install when I get things running? I heard Linux has problems with ATI video drivers and you need to install your own, usually.

Thanks!
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Fedora or Ubuntu (maybe Mint, which is based off Ubuntu i believe, but ive never used it).

Compiz-Fusion is all the fancy effects and Emerald is for Window themes. Ubuntu forums and Fedora Forum are great sites with tons of info by just searching (dont even need to register). Theres also some great guides for both. To get all the effects you need updated video drivers and have some thing enabled. Ill try to find a guide for ATI real quick. After that you can install everything. I find that using the terminal to install things is much easier than a GUI package manager.

Edit: Here is for getting ATI card to work in Fedora, and other how-to's.
http://www.firewing1.com/content/view/66/40/

Another good Fedora site with a bunch of how-to's.
http://www.fedorafaq.org/
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What would you suggest? I hear Ubuntu's name thrown around a lot more than Fedora, so does that make it more popular and in some cases, better?
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Linux Mint which is based on Ubuntu, it's the most user friendly imo. It has great multi-media capabilities out of the box, unlike Ubuntu, which can't even play DVD's out of the box.
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Linux Mint which is based on Ubuntu, it's the most user friendly imo. It has great multi-media capabilities out of the box, unlike Ubuntu, which can't even play DVD's out of the box.
Can I still use Compiz-Fusion with Mint?
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ive used both linuxmint and ubuntu, in fact i actually have both installed as we speak, however i believe im going to scrap the mint partition for slackware. they are both very windows-user friendly, but imo ubuntu is better. make sure you get the newest version if you go for ubuntu (7.10).


and yes, compiz works with mint and ubuntu just fine.
    
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ive used both linuxmint and ubuntu, in fact i actually have both installed as we speak, however i believe im going to scrap the mint partition for slackware. they are both very windows-user friendly, but imo ubuntu is better. make sure you get the newest version if you go for ubuntu (7.10).
Any reason why you think Ubuntu is better? And what is Slackware?
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Can I still use Compiz-Fusion with Mint?
Yes, but because it's already heavily pre-configured, you may have to take a little extra time depending on your system.


Regardless of what distro you choose, here is the unofficial fglrx wiki. It has install guides for all the popular distros.
http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Main_Page
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Yes, but because it's already heavily pre-configured, you may have to take a little extra time depending on your system.


Regardless of what distro you choose, here is the unofficial fglrx wiki. It has install guides for all the popular distros.
http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Main_Page
Cool, thanks Melcar!

I just need to figure out which distro I want to use..

I looked up Slackware and that looks nice, but from the videos I have seen, Mint still looks more familiar.. and that's overall what I want.. I want it to be a clean, nice interface..
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In case you haven't heard this joke already:

Ubuntu is an African word meaning, "Slackware is too hard."

I spent so much time just getting Slackware to install....

I'd say go with Ubuntu for your first go.

PS. It will take some getting used to. Especially when you need to install something.
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