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I'm wanting to learn the SUPER basics of Linux use. I used to be really good with Redhat and some other old distro way back in the day. But that was just GUI only stuff that I knew back then.

I've got Ubuntu, Fedora, and openSUSE on my VM right now. So far, I think Ubuntu and openSUSE are winning my attention. As both work natively out of the box with my VM. I think it was Fedora that didn't want to resize correctly.

Anyway, I'm looking for some guides, or any sort of help to make things run easier. I'm hoping to get my VM network share working (it doesn't yet). Maybe learn how to get my hotmail set up in Evolution (or similar / better?). Change visual settings....just basically make it a friendly, easy to use OS.

I'm not looking to boot into Linux as a main OS. Too much hassle to reboot for a game. With it in a VM, I can still game on demand if need be. And I can run Steam and XFire too.

Things I'm needing help with:
  • Which Distro sounds like it would fit my needs best? Must work well in VMBox. So far, I'm leaning to Ubuntu, downloading Kubuntu now though too.
  • How do I get my VMBox shares to work?
  • How would I listen to music? Play videos (DivX and XviD mostly)? Youtube?
  • What about setting up chat clients, and my hotmail account for email?
  • Is there anyway I can load Steam and XFire EASILY, just for the chat function?
  • What can I do to tweak the visual of it? So far, I've changed my "theme" to Clearlooks (in Ubuntu only), and I have also changed my stock background to a blue one. Otherwise I'm clueless. The "Visual Effects" do not work either. I am assuming because of the VM, but if maybe I'm just missing drivers, that may fix that?

Anyway, I'm sure there's a TON more stuff I could learn. Please, if anybody can help me with the basic tasks I have listed...maybe make a better recommendation over Ubuntu perhaps? Or if there's anything that a "basic" user would need to know....let me know. My main thing is wanting access to my storage drive from Windows for music / movies / etc. But anything and everything that'd be neat, I would like to learn.

Thank you.
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  • Which Distro sounds like it would fit my needs best? Must work well in VMBox. So far, I'm leaning to Ubuntu, downloading Kubuntu now though too.
  • How do I get my VMBox shares to work?
  • How would I listen to music? Play videos (DivX and XviD mostly)? Youtube?
  • What about setting up chat clients, and my hotmail account for email?
  • Is there anyway I can load Steam and XFire EASILY, just for the chat function?
  • What can I do to tweak the visual of it? So far, I've changed my "theme" to Clearlooks (in Ubuntu only), and I have also changed my stock background to a blue one. Otherwise I'm clueless. The "Visual Effects" do not work either. I am assuming because of the VM, but if maybe I'm just missing drivers, that may fix that?

1. Since you're new to Linux, I would stick with Ubuntu or Linux Mint, there is others like Puppy Linux etc etc. For new users. Ubuntu has became really user friendly. It shouldn't be hard for you to start learning how to use it.
2. Not too sure.
3. How do you listen to music? Download a music player of course. Songbird, Amarok. Take a look in the Add/Remove Programs or whatever it's called now. Also for videos, trusty ol' VLC player.
4. Chat clients? One already comes with Ubuntu. Look around, it supports like everyone. Hotmail account? Google is your friend. "How to setup Evolution for Hotmail"
5. You need to use Wine to be able to install Steam in Ubuntu. Not sure about Xfire.
6. Do some Google searching for things you can do. Conky is like Rainmeter for Ubuntu.

You really need to hit up Google and start doing your searching. Many of the questions you have asked have been asked millions of times. All you need to do is start looking. Another thing, Ubuntu-Forums. Hit it up. When I started diddling in Linux, I had no one holding my hand. Hours upon hours of Googling and hitting up Ubuntu-Forums reading how to do things was the best way to learn. It's better than having someone hold your hand and you still not know what to do. Much better to learn it on your own. Not to mention, you're starting to mess with Linux when it is much easier, when I started, you had to do everything by Terminal.
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1) Yeah, so far I'm liking Ubuntu okay at best. It looks horrible compared to some of the screenshots I've seen of Linux, but I'm hoping that I'm just missing something.
2) I know the command to get the share to run. But it comes up with an error. If anybody else knows how to do so, I'll run it again and post the error I come up with here.
3) I figured I'd need a music player. Just unsure of what's "best". I prefer Winamp in windows. Not sure if there's anything similar in Ubuntu or not?? For videos, I usually use WMP 11...never used VLC before, but I'll give it a try I spose .
4) I've already set up the one that comes with it. But it no longer works for some reason. My accounts are all still there, but it won't even try to connect.
5) Hmm, got it. No Steam or XFire then .
6) Why do you keep telling me to google? If I wanted to google, I would have done so, and likely already found some answers. I'm wanting to hear OCN's input on it, not random google results.
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Any reason you're doing VMs instead of dual booting? I've always felt that VMing is asking for trouble. Which I think is likely the reason you can't do desktop effects. But Gnome is not one of the "good looking" DEs from my point of view. KDE has the eye candy.

For music player's you've got a lot of choices. Since you're in Gnome though you should look at Banshee or Rythmbox. In KDE you have Amarok and KJuk.

Best video player is easily SMPlayer with one concession; It's the best for HD(bluray rips) but can be picky about what it works with by default that isn't .mkvs or other open formats. For that you can look into VLC (just don't try high bitrate HDs on it).
     
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Any reason you're doing VMs instead of dual booting? I've always felt that VMing is asking for trouble. Which I think is likely the reason you can't do desktop effects. But Gnome is not one of the "good looking" DEs from my point of view. KDE has the eye candy.

For music player's you've got a lot of choices. Since you're in Gnome though you should look at Banshee or Rythmbox. In KDE you have Amarok and KJuk.

Best video player is easily SMPlayer with one concession; It's the best for HD(bluray rips) but can be picky about what it works with by default that isn't .mkvs or other open formats. For that you can look into VLC (just don't try high bitrate HDs on it).
Okay, so Kubuntu might be a prettier alternative then? Or is there a better alternative to get KDE? I'm doing a VM because its easier than having to mess with Grub, or reboot if I want to game. I can have Linux on one screen, Windows on the other. It's just 100x easier on me this way. And if I want to game, all I have to do is open it. I can even still have Linux going on right on my other screen.

I'll check out Rythmbox and Amarok. I'm honestly not sure if I'm in Gnome or KDE though??? I'm sure I can figure that out somewhere though .

All of my video files are .avi files. Usually DivX and XviD DVDRips. Yes, I own the DVD's . I don't have ANY High Def anything. I don't like wasting that kind of space, when DVD is fine for me.
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Gnome / KDE is really just personal preference. Gnome is more 'keep it simple' than KDE, but KDE tries to be flashier [from what I understand].

AS for video playback, pretty much any media player in Linux can handle .avi files. Personally, I recommend SMplayer over VLC, but I like to go for simplicity over looks in general.

While running Linux in a VM is convenient, the VM can't directly access hardware, so you'll be hard pressed to get any 3D acceleration going in Linux. But outside that, the only concern I'd have is the fact that the Nix filesystem will be stored in a file on your windows partition, and NTFS fragments, so... yeah.

Anyway, good luck and let us know how it turns out!
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Gnome / KDE is really just personal preference. Gnome is more 'keep it simple' than KDE, but KDE tries to be flashier [from what I understand].

AS for video playback, pretty much any media player in Linux can handle .avi files. Personally, I recommend SMplayer over VLC, but I like to go for simplicity over looks in general.

While running Linux in a VM is convenient, the VM can't directly access hardware, so you'll be hard pressed to get any 3D acceleration going in Linux. But outside that, the only concern I'd have is the fact that the Nix filesystem will be stored in a file on your windows partition, and NTFS fragments, so... yeah.

Anyway, good luck and let us know how it turns out!
This ^

The tricky part with VM is that your linux experience is slightly isolated. Some stuff may not work because the hardware may not be initialized properly.

For music, I really like Rhythmbox, and VLC for video. A lot of people prefer mPlayer for videos though. Depending on the distro, you'll have to install DVD playback and an mp3 decoder (I'm speaking for Fedora specifically).

For youtube, depending on your browser, you'll either need to enable html5 in youtube (www.youtube.com/html5) or install flash-plugin. It's relatively simple for both FF and Chrome.

Pidgin is a good chat client.

I don't know about getting it flashy, because hardware acceleration may not be enabled. But compiz-fusion is a good tool to get some nice graphical effects.
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ubuntu runs gnome by default

kde looks a little nicer as a base DE, you can make just about any distro run kde, or find different flavors of distros taht already run kde such as kubuntu

but if you wanna stick with gnome and just want it to look awesome.... just open up synaptic and find anything that says compiz and install it then play around with the compiz fusion settings makes any non-linux eye candy look like a total joke (no body shoot me for being so broad on my install instructions, its the easiest way to do it if you are new)

honestly if you want to LEARN linux, youll want to do more than gui, and might be better to run something like fedora which is kind of sort of a community version of red hat if you can remember anything about red hat OR you can just run cent os which IS red hat with the copyright stuff taken out... also if you really want to learn linux, you can do what i did and buy a nice linux+ book that works great as a sleeping aid

but ease for newer users, definitely ubuntu, you might also want to check out mint because its built off of ubuntu and aims to be even easier... suse imo is just kinda bleh, but i know it has its crowd just like any distro

EDIT: one note on vm's... honestly ive been running linux in a vm for school lately, and its a nightmare compared to an actual install lol if i had never run linux on a real install before id probably be raging at how much linux sux right now vm linux =/= installed linux... its probably a big reason people say linux sux, they try it out in a vm where its crazy broken because it doesnt want to run in that messed up virtual env
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You guys aren't going to convince me to do a hard install .

But I'll check out Mint, I've got it downloading right now anyway. I'm playing with quite a few versions still in the VM. Taking my time in each so I can make a rational decision .

I understand that 3D Acceleration is kind of broke in a VM. But other than my share not working, that's the only problem. And its a minor one at that. I've got 3D Acceleration turned on with VMBox, so I'm probably just missing the driver or something. My XP VM works fine, and even played DX games.
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You guys aren't going to convince me to do a hard install .

But I'll check out Mint, I've got it downloading right now anyway. I'm playing with quite a few versions still in the VM. Taking my time in each so I can make a rational decision .

I understand that 3D Acceleration is kind of broke in a VM. But other than my share not working, that's the only problem. And its a minor one at that. I've got 3D Acceleration turned on with VMBox, so I'm probably just missing the driver or something. My XP VM works fine, and even played DX games.
I'm not trying to convince you to do anything. You posted a thread asking for advice, and I offered it =]

Whether or not you follow it is up to you.

All we are trying to say is Linux might not be quite as amazing as it can be if the only experience you have with it is on a VM, but what OS you use [and how you use it] is up to you.
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