The best linux out there?
Question: which is superior for all around stability, and watching videos, playing music, etc, with the least amount of resources. ubuntu, kubuntu, xubuntu, and the other type of o/s ? there are quite a few and I am pondering which to put on my dual booting system. I had kubuntu, that seemed pretty well. i think i might just stick with it. any suggestions?
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You've asked three questions with different answers: multimedia performance, low resource usage, and stability. If you want top performance for audio and video, Johnny Blaze is right -- go with Ubuntu Studio. But don't expect that to take "the least amount of resources." Plus, you don't really need it for watching videos or listening to music. It is really useful for people who edit videos or music. For a Linux distro that takes the least amount of resources -- Xubuntu is certainly the lightest weight among the "official" Ubuntu family. But don't overlook Fluxbuntu, which is even lighter and faster. If you want the lightest weight full-featured Linux you can get, that is Puppy Linux. Of course, you are giving up a lot of the advantages you get from the various flavors of Ubuntu (like massive software repositories and ease of installing new packages). But your computer will be blazing fast! In terms of the most stable operating system -- switch from Linux to BSD! OK, you don't necessarily want to do that, but there is Slackware. It is remarkably stable, and you can certainly configure it to do almost anything you want, including be the best multimedia Linux or use very light resources. But it ain't easy to use -- not by a longshot. If you aren't already a Slackware aficionado, any increase in your computer's performance will be offset by a decrease in *your* personal efficiency, since you will be taking so much time to make it work right. *** My Final Recommendation *** Look at it this way -- any Linux is going to be pretty light on resource use compared to Windows or MacOS. And all Linux distros are pretty stable. So, if you like Kubuntu, stick with it. It is very stable, not nearly as bloated as Windows, and can give pretty reasonable performance with video and audio. Plus, you are already familiar with it.
You will need to create at least two linux partitions. A data partition (perhaps set it up 16 gb ext3). And a swap partition (swap file type - you can set it up to be 1 gb). The swap partition is used by linux as a virtual memory space. Make sure you make your linux data partition bootable, because linux will automatically give you a menu (boot manager grub or lilo) that you can load either windows or linux at startup.
Stick with Kubuntu. A man named Mark Shuttleworth has spent an awful lot of money to see that the *buntus are stable, easy to use, and can access a lot of codecs. He's the man behind them and he's giving Marketing a good name. Frankly, though, you can decide what desktop you like, if you don't have a strong preference, period. Most distros just say, okay, this is the distro, which desktop do you like? I have KDE and XFCE4 on this Debian box. It defaults to KDE. On my Slackware laptop I have the same two desktops but it defaults to XFCE4. Even on *buntus you can use Synaptic, Update-manager or apt to download ANY desktop you like and set your display manager (gdm or kdm let you have two or three choices, xdm only allows you to set one at a time) to start whatever you like at boot time. Linux is all about choices and based on what you are describing I DO NOT recommend Slackware or Debian even though both are notoriously stable and have small footprints. They also have gnarly syntaxes which would be equivalent of some of the runs which Tanner Hall does -- yes I am talking about X-treme Computing. Shuttleworth used to be a Debian Developer before he got his money, and he does keep the *buntus close to Debian because of the small footprint, but as I said he spends a lot of money on Keep It Simple Stupid and a lot of Debian gurus prefer toe *buntus because it simplifies maintenance on their own machines. Everyone has their own standards and there have been a lot of forks which are "better" versions of Ubuntu. But this is a very judgemental culture and if you ask an older *nix user about vi vs. emacs (which predates Linux by about eight years) or KDE vs. GNOME (which only goes back to about 98) you will hear a LOT of loud and violent language. Linux really is about choice and the best linux out there is the one which best meets your needs. If you really want to play around there are live cds but if you are happy with Kubuntu then go ahead and STAY happy with Kubuntu.
Yes of course you can have in USB. when running Internet you will get caught in the web of viruses coz there will be no security in that USB OS. coz its a very small in size and missing of dll's which are useful when accessing. My Advice: Purchase it. You can have Dual Operating System in single Laptop.
If you want something a little more refined than Xubuntu then take a look at Linux Mint 6 XFCE Community Edition Release notes http://www.linuxmint.com/rel_felicia_xfc... Download http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=... LUg.
I can tell you a way to restore the old way of booting, namely only Windows. - boot from the Windows CD - choose "repair console" or so; I think you do it by pressing "e" - wait till the console loads, then type in "fixmbr" and press ENTER - you will be seeing a warning but don't worry, it will affect only the boot region of the hard disk - when it's done, take out the Windows CD and type in "exit" to reboot - that's it
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