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I recommend Mint over Ubuntu (Mint is like an improved Ubuntu that looks better and runs faster.) It's very easy to get used to.

Suse is also easy; this is what I prefer.

Give it more than a week... A week will get you comfortable with the GUI. After that, learn to work a little with the terminal, and you will be well on your way. Just start off learning basic terminal commands and their syntax, and it'll all come together.
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I have to disagree while Mint does have more configuration tools and looks a little better, I find Ubuntu more polished, and I haven't noticed any performance difference. Also some of my Ubuntu drivers wont work on Mint for some reason, but you cant go wrong with ether one.
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i recommend you start linux with a wired internet connection. People move from windows to linux with wireless and get so stumped when it doesn't work. it's best to start with a wired connection to get to know the environment
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Well I just booted the Live CD with Ubuntu, and so far, not too shabby. Pretty easy to use. BTW, I have absolutely no interest in learning Terminal commands, so if that's going to be needed, I spose I'll just stick with Windows. I figure the OS has a GUI for a reason, no need to go back to DOS days, lol. I was pleased enough that Ubuntu was able to connect to the internet easily enough for me off the Live CD. Anybody out there interested in helping me out with it in real time tonite? If so PM or IM me, and we'll setup a time. I'll have to install Vista first, then install Ubuntu. But I won't do any updating or anything in Vista since I already know how to do that. Anyways, let me know. I've got LOADS of questions....it'd be easier with somebody right there to help me in real time, lol.
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Well I just booted the Live CD with Ubuntu, and so far, not too shabby. Pretty easy to use. BTW, I have absolutely no interest in learning Terminal commands, so if that's going to be needed, I spose I'll just stick with Windows.
Stick with windows.

But I say we're on OCN for a reason... We're leet and shouldn't be afraid of the terminal. It's a misnomer that the GUI is "regressive" simply because that's what was used in the beginning.
post #16 of 36
If you plan on actually using Linux from day-to-day and plan on doing more than just browsing the web and playing a few games, you're going to, more likely than not, have to learn some terminal stuff.

It really isn't that bad though; I honestly prefer using the terminal for a lot of my file-related activities.
post #17 of 36
the terminal is the most powerful tool in linux
it gets you where no gui can ever go
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Originally Posted by stumped
the terminal is the most powerful tool in linux
it gets you where no gui can ever go

QFT
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I just plan on using my Linux for web stuff, some Photoshop (probably the Gimp), and just your basic stuff. I'll probably end up attempting some Linux games as well if they're easy enough to install and play. Gaming wise, I'm sticking with Vista. But I'm just wanting to try something new for the rest of my computing needs. I figure why not have a go with Linux again? I haven't used it since Knoppix a LONG time ago....and I don't remember any of the terminal stuff. Its just easier to stick with the GUI if its possible. I think what I'm going to be doing in Linux will be easy enough to do with the GUI.

EDIT: Also, does anybody know if Winamp works in Linux? I'm sooo used to Winamp for my music, I'd hate to switch, but I'd be willing to try something new if Winamp doesn't work. Anyways, thanks for the help thus far guys. Looking forward to the switch. Hopefully it'll be painless. What I saw in the LiveCD was pretty comforting.
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There are better programs than Winamp for music (such as Amarok, my personal favorite), but there are actually quite a few Winamp-like media players that are VERY easy to install in Ubuntu. XMMS, Beep Media Player, and Audacious all have a very similar look and feel to Winamp (from what I remember of Winamp anyway).
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