What linux flavor to put on laptop?

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What linux flavor to put on laptop?

Postby Russell Burrows » Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:02 am

So far its looking like Target is the place for BF 2008 and maybe thats where my laptop will be purchased at.

Ah but I heard that CC and BB are going to be pushing windows OS VISTA crap with "helpfull" Microsoft salesfolks so I want to go there on cybermonday and for kicks ask what linux OS they have.

But Sir we have Vista!

Nah I want a Linux OS.




So anyone have any tips on what Linux distro to download for my soon to be new laptop?

Oh wait I think its going to be more fun to stroll in to either CC or BB with a laptop running Vista and a copy of linux and ask them to wipe the Vista just to see some Microsoft rep. cringe at that idea :lol: :lol:

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Postby Michael » Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:17 am

Ubuntu or Fedora.

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Postby moose » Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:55 am

ubuntu is probably your best bet

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Postby XmasDVD » Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:27 am

What happened to RedHat? We've been using that one at work.

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Postby MikesTooLz » Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:46 am

XmasDVD wrote:What happened to RedHat? We've been using that one at work.


I would go with Ubuntu.

RedHat is good however I see it being used more in a work or server type setting where the users already know linux. Ubuntu is more oriented towards being user freindly.
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Postby Russell Burrows » Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:15 am

Ubuntu it is then.

What surprises me is that Microsoft let the Vista experience deteriorate(gee a root canal or a Vista session) to the point where a computer idiot like me is interested in a Linux OS.

But then last week I at last decided to give Free or Open Office a try (hey it was free!) and it kills Microsofts Word.

It looks like on a performance level Ubuntu outperforms Vista for many things and for those few things where Vista works theres the huge letdown of a several hundred dollar price tag versus a free Ubuntu.

After years of paying for Microsofts O.S. its nice to find a free alternative and that goes double in these economic times.

Also its going to be fun to stroll in on Cyber -Monday and tell a Microsoft rep. that I just got a new laptop and when I hear the cost for Vista I am going to tell that MS rep. to either call me when its free or to point out the Linux laptops.

Hey payback for makeing us pay for Vista

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Postby gseclipse11 » Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:17 am

RedHat also isn't free

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Postby bogart » Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:25 am

I agree with Ubuntu-- it's been my OS of choice since its release in 2004. I'm a fan of Debian-based systems, so perhaps I'm a little biased, but Ubuntu is one of the best "out of the box" experiences you can have, plus the development and support of the community keeps growing.

You can also give "Ultimate Ubuntu" a try-- just about every app you can think of...

http://ubuntusoftware.info/ultimate/index.html

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Postby teknoge3k » Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:41 pm

If you've never used Linux before, I would go with Ubuntu. Ubuntu is Linux for newbies. If you feel comfortable with it and are use to it, then I'd go with a flavor of BSD rather than Linux. I prefer FreeBSD, but OpenBSD and NetBSD are nice too. Also if you don't want BSD and want to stick with Linux, then I'd go Fedora Core (which is basically the free Red Hat, since Red Hat went commercial).

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Postby XmasDVD » Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:52 pm

Ahh I didn't know Redhat went commercial - it was free last I used it :--)
Yes I asked our Network Admin about which version and he agreed - Ubuntu

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Postby moose » Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:15 pm

gseclipse11 wrote:RedHat also isn't free


Fedora is the "free" version of RedHat. The enterprise versions of RedHat do cost money.


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