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Linux for the first time - Which one to choose ?

Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by daxia, Feb 16, 2007.

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  1. daxia

    daxia Thread Starter

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    Hi all

    I'm starting to dislike microsoft more every day. I was looking forward to using Vista, but I have been hearing so much about microsoft invading your privacy even more, so Im thinking that maybe I should try something else.

    I have never used Linux before, so I would like a linux system that is highly compatible with games and programs, and maybe looks something like Windows. I once saw a video on youtube about something called XGL, that looked awesome. Is XGL a linux version and is it any good and is it easy to use ?

    (also, I might be a cheap f#¤k, but I would like a version on Linux thats free of charge to use)

    Thank you in advance !
     
  2. Gibbs

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    Hello!

    First of all why do you want a Linux that looks like Windows? :confused:

    XGL is available for Linux as well as Beryl. All Linux distros are free to download. You can buy them but usually you only get charged the postage and packaging (roughly $10?).

    Linux distributions are a different OS to Windows. It isn't meant to be a replacement or like Windows. It will be different and won't do things the same as Windows so don't expect it to.

    Linux has LOTS of software and programs, the majority being free. In my personal opinion the majority of them are better then the common Microsoft application (Office etc).

    I would recommend Ubuntu for people new to Linux. I'm currently using it and it caters my every need. Unfortuently you might now have much luck with games, especially DirectX 9+. There are programs out there that can run games or "emulate" them but it really depends on what game. Some (like Battlefield 2) work fine as well as ID Software games (Doom/Quake) and generally anything else that uses OpenGL.

    You should download a distro (distribution), burn it to CD and boot it. Live CDs allow you to test the OS without writting to the harddrive, so you can check out an entire Linux system and reboot back to Windows if you don't like it.

    Good luck and have fun.
     
  3. Gibbs

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    If your interested in looking at the desktop environment for Ubuntu I've attached some images. I apologise if they seem strange but they're all I have.

    The orange theme is the default. The blue theme was a custom theme.
     

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  4. vtel57

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    My vote would be Ubuntu.

    Here are a couple of my Ubuntu desktops. I'm a minimalist, though. Gnome does waaaay more in Ubuntu than just what I have shown here.

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