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Hello everyone, im into building computers for people i know and that. Some people want a computer that will access the internet and have word prossessing only. I thought of linix at first because many of the distros are free. I want names of the distros that are the most user friendly and have the widest hardware support so i wouldnt have to search high and lower for NIC/ Video drivers.<br />
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Also, saw in a Max PC mag about 6 months ago that there was a $150 computer that had a "linspire" OS that was so much like Windows XP that it has the nickname "Lindows" anyone have any info on that?<br />
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Ubuntu is the best for simple everyday web browsing and word procesing
 
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why would you pay for linspire anyways?<br />
Linux is supposed to be free
 

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</div>No one payed for it. It was a $150 system running Lindows.
 
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gentoo ftw. everything is fixable and it suports everything.
 
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Ubuntu is probably the easiest way to get Linux on your system, but there are so many more distributions that that. Mandrivia is also remarkably simple, as are Fedora, SuSe, and too many others to name. The only problem I have with Linspire is that you have to pay for it, however, it's sub-distro Freespire is very good, and they are effectivly the same. <br />
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Linspire and Freespire both run KDE, which is one of several choices you have for a Window manager. Ubuntu, Fedora, and SuSE run Gnome, the other extremly popular window manager. Gnome is cleaner and usualy faster than KDE, but KDE is typicly more windows-like. <br />
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Gentoo is extremly powerfull and configurable, but it can be a daunting task to get set up, especialy as a first-timer's distro. You'll need lots of specific info about your system, as well as basic understanding of linux itself, but once you go Gentoo, it's hard to use anything else because it's so fast and you can do almost anything you want with it. <br />
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Any other questions you have about another distro, just let me know. I've probably used it before. <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 
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Linspire costs 49.99 Digital for a download as shown here:<a href="http://www.linspire.com/" target="_blank">http://www.linspire.com/</a><br />
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But nothing can really match the driver support of XP(it is the most used OS after all)But im sure you could find cards with linux support.<br />
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Freespire on the other hand(obviously free) would be a budget pc os<br />
<a href="http://freespire.org/" target="_blank">http://freespire.org/</a><br />
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If these people want a simple machine for checking email, they could use this<br />
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Case with PSU:<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811164004" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811164004</a><br />
25.00<br />
CD Burner: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827136059" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136059</a><br />
17.50<br />
Hard Drive with 40 gb of storage:<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144238" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144238</a><br />
49.99<br />
512 Mb 240 Pin AMPO PC3200Ram<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820161633" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820161633</a><br />
45.00<br />
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Celeron D 2.53 Ghz Intel 775 LGA Proc<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819112207" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819112207</a><br />
47.00<br />
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PC Chips mobo w/ video and sound<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813185080" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813185080</a><br />
45.00<br />
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230 bucks before shipping.
 

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Thanks everyone for your responses, and i guess i'll have to install ubuntu on a test PC in the basement and try it out.
 

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I say get Kubuntu. Its more windows like then ubuntu <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />
 

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Lindows isn't a "nickname" it was the REAL name before microsoft sued them...lol.<br />
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But you have to pay for support and downloads and whatnot...so screw that.<br />
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Fedora Core 5 was easy to use...I think FC6 comes out soon...<br />
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I've heard nothign but good things about ubuntu.
 

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I got grounded from the computers sunday right when i downloaded 4 ISOs for Freespire and ubuntu... GAY so im on a macmini at compUSA while my mom is at TJMax. <br />
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I have a SuSe personal edition that i installed one time and it was cool, but i installed XP for a customer.<br />
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It sounds like i may have to reformat my Vista partition and split it to run ubuntu and another linix thing.<br />
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This mac keyboar sux.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">I got grounded from the computers sunday right when i downloaded 4 ISOs for Freespire and ubuntu... GAY <b><u>so im on a macmini at compUSA while my mom is at TJMax. <br />
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I have a SuSe personal edition that i installed one time and it was cool, but i installed XP for a customer.<br />
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It sounds like i may have to reformat my Vista partition and split it to run ubuntu and another linix thing.<br />
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This mac keyboar sux.</div>

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</div>LOL, that stinks you got grounded though.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">I got grounded from the computers sunday right when i downloaded 4 ISOs for Freespire and ubuntu... GAY so im on a macmini at compUSA while my mom is at TJMax. <br />
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I have a SuSe personal edition that i installed one time and it was cool, but i installed XP for a customer.<br />
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It sounds like i may have to reformat my Vista partition and split it to run ubuntu and another linix thing.<br />
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This mac keyboar sux.</div>

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</div>lol that sucks. I don't really understand why the grounded you though? do you guys have dialup or something or did you go over your bandwith limit?<br />
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Yea those mac keyboards are very hard to use imo along with the mighty mouse
 
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<div style="font-style:italic">I got grounded from the computers sunday <b>right</b> when i downloaded 4 ISOs for Freespire and ubuntu... GAY so im on a macmini at compUSA while my mom is at TJMax. <br />
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I have a SuSe personal edition that i installed one time and it was cool, but i installed XP for a customer.<br />
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It sounds like i may have to reformat my Vista partition and split it to run ubuntu and another linix thing.<br />
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This mac keyboar sux.</div>

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</div>That means he got grounded for something else, but at the same general time as he got his ISOs. I had to read it twice too, because I thought it said "night". But if you look at the keyboard, R isn't close to N, so it isn't a typo. <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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And yes, those mac keyboards suck, they're about "looks" (I think they look horrible and awkward anyway), not about getting anything done. <img src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)" class="inlineimg" />
 
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lol, i didnt mean i got grounded because of downloading ISOs, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lachen.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Lachen"> *****...<br>
no i got grounded because i forgot to call a friend to get a ride home from a LAN party until i was at the party, my parents night out at a party was ruined because they were late because i went to the guys old house... so yeah you get it, they were an hour late, pissed at me, and i got grounded.<br><br>
BUT i have homeworkz on teh M$ word so yeah fun times...
 

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