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PCLinuxOS if you are into windows looking Linux.
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whats a distro....is it like xp home...xp pro...xp media?
Nah, XP home/media/pro is a "level of crippleness," or how badly crippled that version of windows is (compared to the full version).

A distro is like a make of Linux.

You see, since Linux is free, it is open to anyone for tweaking and modifying to the user's heart's content. A distro, to put it simply, is someone's make of Linux. Each distro has its own pre-installed software, its own package manager (program that manages software; less scary than it sounds), and its own default "look." Some include more software that'll help newer users (like Ubuntu or Suse), and others are more barebones to allow you to do what you want with it (like Arch or Gentoo.)

But in the end, they're all "Linux" underneath.

If I wanted to make my own distro, I could grab another distro's source code, tweak it, put my own pictures and software and stuff on it, make an ISO and stick it on a server for people to download on the net. That's what a distro is.
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Nah, XP home/media/pro is a "level of crippleness," or how badly crippled that version of windows is (compared to the full version).
    
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pros:
will probably still have to use windows for OC'in

cons:
more efficient, I shave 5 seconds off superPi time in linux
completely customizable
no need for virus/adware protection
ah, its free, not to mention the apps are free also
you will be supporting a community, not a corporation
you may actually have to take your hand off the mouse to use the terminal
its very, very fun!!
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What are the Pros/Cons of Linux?
Pandora's Box m8

I've soo wanted to LIKE Linux, but every distro seems to have at least one issue that pisses me off that I cannot find a solution for.

Well, I should say without creating my own damned distro myself.

Just don't expect a "Windows" experience right off the bat. The plus is the customizations you can do on your own to it. Expect Much Reading and Learning!

Seems to me that there's always going to be problems with a piece of hardware that you own regardless. For example, I have a USB Headset. Ubuntu wouldn't do a g'damn thing about recognizing it. I then went & installed PCLinuxOS & it recognized the headset right away, but won't recognize my printer ffs.

The addon software kind of gets me angry as you might only find a distro of an rpm version, which takes extracting/compiling/installing ffs!!!!!!

Remember Lindows anyone???? Now, that was EASY (even if it was a POS).

oh, btw I'm downloading Mint now to check it out... it probably will give me issues with my display driver lol
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pros:
will probably still have to use windows for OC'in

cons:
more efficient, I shave 5 seconds off superPi time in linux
completely customizable
no need for virus/adware protection
ah, its free, not to mention the apps are free also
you will be supporting a community, not a corporation
you may actually have to take your hand off the mouse to use the terminal
its very, very fun!!

i think you may have misplaced the pros/cons...

and on the contrary, you CAN overclock in linux. theres a HowTo on these boards somewhere.
    
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i think you may have misplaced the pros/cons...

and on the contrary, you CAN overclock in linux. theres a HowTo on these boards somewhere.
I was joking...bad joke, but I just woke up.

I know you can OC in linux but he will probably prefer to use the programs he is used to. i.e. orthos, etc
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Download Ubuntu and Suse and see which one fits you most as well as which one works best with your hardware. I think Suse 10.3 is the best option. When you have fully optimized Linux, there are some pretty amazing 3d desktop options (compiz) that do not decrease system stability at all and are amazing to look at (not cheap looking junk). Your GPU will work straight away with the Yast and nVidia repositories if you get the SUSE distro.
http://software.opensuse.org/
I prefer the GNOME desktop, especially if you need compiz to work flawlessly. Also once you download the CD, you can install it once you have loaded the desktop (it will take a while). Don't get disappointed by how it first looks...it is really good to lookat once you optimize it. Also make sure you update everything before you install the GPU drivers (install the kernel updates etc first).
Happy Linux-ing!!!

@Indignity: You are right man but really lots of work has been done over recent years...they get better and better these days and more support is provided now.

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I was joking...bad joke, but I just woke up.

I know you can OC in linux but he will probably prefer to use the programs he is used to. i.e. orthos, etc

quite the joke haha.

yeah, OC'ing isnt as easy in linux as it is in windows, but it is still possible if he wants to give it a go. besides, with this being overclock.net, im sure he wont have any trouble getting the help he needs .
    
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