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ok i want to setup a dual boot with vista and sumkind of Linux distro.. i really like Ubuntu but i can never get it to work right. so i want to try sumthing else. tell me whats good and user friendly cause im a complete Linux noob
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I recommend ubuntu, it's fantastic for me, but since you're having problems with it, I recommend SUSE. TheHundredGunner is really knowledgeable about SUSE, so he can help you out.
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strange that you are having problems with ubuntu, what seems to be the trouble?

other than ubuntu, linuxmint (made from ubuntu but ive had alot of different successes/challenges with it) works good too, i had css/steam working fine with no problems. suse is also good, ive had a bit more trouble with it though. if you want to view a LARGE selection of available distros and read up a bit on them, heres a good website. http://www.linux.org/dist/ - you may or may not find what you need, but it gives a brief description including pros/cons.

good luck on your linux quest!
    
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Mint is directly based off of Ubuntu, and it is fantastic. It seems to be a lot faster than Ubuntu while looking better at the same time.

If you want a whole other type of distro, there's Suse, like TnB said. I'm not all that great with it, but I've been using it long enough that I know where some things are. I find it to be the easiest to work with so far.

However, if you want to run Compiz-Fusion, I would have to not recommend it. I had a hell of a time getting it working, and when I did it sucked. I have a feeling this was due to 64-bit incompatibility, though. Other than that - fantastic distro. It can be easy if you want it to be, and it can be as hard as you like. Suse uses Yast as its package manager and control center, which some people don't like but I find centralizes the OS. It also uses RPMs like Fedora.

Suse is a bit slower than other distros. But for me, its functionality outweighs that part.
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If Fedora looks like it would appeal to you, I reccomend it. Haven't had any issues with it so far. Just issues with ATI's drivers for linux. Only thing to watch out for is you shouldn't be using both Livna and the freshRPMs repos at the same time.. This guy explains it best:

Quote:
Look where your x264 package comes from. For example, don't mix
freshrpms and livna. They provide incompatible x264 packages that
upgrade each other in the wrong direction. Livna's package is seen as
_older_ as freshrpms' package due to its different package versioning
scheme, but it includes a newer and different library
. libx264.so.55
vs. libx264.so.56 => that is the cause of your problems.
If you just use one of the two, you'll be absolutely fine. For support, Fedoraforum.com is a very friendly community. In my experience they've answered questions in a very timely manner.

Also, Fedora 9 is set to release sometime at the end of April. If you decide to go with Fedora, just install 8 now. Upgrading from 7 to 8 was very painless and easy, and I'm sure 8 to 9 will be just the same.

Edit: Here's a really nice Fedora 8 installation guide that shows you how to set up a handful of useful stuff. If you want it to feel a little bit more like Ubuntu (in a way) you can set up "sudo" pretty easily.
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Fedora. Its what i started out with. Ubuntu never would work for me.
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Ubuntu is fantastic, sorry to hear you have had troubles with it :/

If you're looking to dive in headfirst, I recommend Slackware, be warned that you will probably have to read a tutorial just to install it if you're a beginner, It takes some time, but I'd argue it as being one of the best to learn on if you like challenges. It's one of the hardest in general. I started off with it, and move back to Ubuntu; I learned so much from Slackware12 though, very happy I stuck with it for so long.
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Fedora is ok. It has become VERY elegant; it is also exponentially gaining ease of use. The only problem I had with it is the package manager saying there was already one open and it wouldn't let me manage software or update the system.

Other than that - great OS.
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Fedora is ok. It has become VERY elegant; it is also exponentially gaining ease of use. The only problem I had with it is the package manager saying there was already one open and it wouldn't let me manage software or update the system.

Other than that - great OS.
yum, kyum, yumex (aka Yum Extender), pup, and pirut are all considered package managers to Fedora. Of course kyum and yumex are just GUIs to go with yum.. But anyhow, that probably happened because you were using either kyum or yumex and they crashed. A few versions ago, yumex was pretty buggy.. Not Fedora's fault, as they didn't make yumex.. But it was like you had to let yumex "warm up". If you clicked somewhere before it was 100% ready, it would grey out and crash. That occasionally would produce the same error you speak of, but it's easily fixed by either logging out, reseting xorg (Alt+Ctrl+Backspace.. this also logs you out), or restarting the computer.

yumex is more rock solid now, and I don't recall having issues with it since the newer versions. You're right about it becoming elegant though:



My current desktop.. . And just so Wc[thunder] knows, the top and bottom toolbars (panels) are slightly modified to my preference. Fedoraproject.org has screenshots with the default layout. Also, for anyone who's curious, those temps at the top are CPU, Core0, and Core1.
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yum, kyum, yumex (aka Yum Extender), pup, and pirut are all considered package managers to Fedora. Of course kyum and yumex are just GUIs to go with yum.. But anyhow, that probably happened because you were using either kyum or yumex and they crashed. A few versions ago, yumex was pretty buggy.. Not Fedora's fault, as they didn't make yumex.. But it was like you had to let yumex "warm up". If you clicked somewhere before it was 100% ready, it would grey out and crash. That occasionally would produce the same error you speak of, but it's easily fixed by either logging out, reseting xorg (Alt+Ctrl+Backspace.. this also logs you out), or restarting the computer.

yumex is more rock solid now, and I don't recall having issues with it since the newer versions. You're right about it becoming elegant though:



My current desktop.. . And just so Wc[thunder] knows, the top and bottom toolbars (panels) are slightly modified to my preference. Fedoraproject.org has screenshots with the default layout. Also, for anyone who's curious, those temps at the top are CPU, Core0, and Core1.
What do you use to display temps?

Oh, and I want to buy your raptor btw
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