Which Linux to install on new laptop? Wanted: simple, straightforward interface
Question: I'm an art photographer who uses computers for simple photo editing (as in Photoshop) as well as the regular stuff like e-mail, Internet and word processing. I also use computers to archive my entire music collection (mp3) and listen to it. I've just purchased my first laptop (a Sony Vaio) and would like to give Linux a try (as the only OS installed). I'm interested in encrypting the whole thing (with something like TrueCrypt). Generally I want to save resources by using a simple, straightforward OS with no silly bells and whistles such as the ridiculous Windows Vista graphics. I want to spend as little time as possible having to program stuff and as much time as possible getting the task done. The OS should be self-explanatory and user-friendly, but it should also give me some control over how my computer is run. Which Linux version do you recommend?
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Hi, I would suggest openSUSE, its the most polsihed, easiest to use, looks good and has better hardware support cause its got a newer kernel than most other distros which is important for new machines. openSUSE also has one of the best power management which is extremely important for laptops. You can use GIMP for photo editing but remember that no Windows programs will work. There is a windows compatibility program called Wine and I have heard it can make photoshop cs2 work though. openSUSE http://en.opensuse.org Screenshots http://en.opensuse.org/Screenshots/openSUSE_11.0 Other linux distros I would recommend, buy the Mandriva power pack if u want, its cool to. Mandriva http://www.mandriva.com
Ummm. Can you explain a little more? It sounds like you want something like Visual Basic for Linux, but then you also said 'basic.' I typically just use a notepad type editor like KATE. KATE allows a split window view of the editor and the terminal for ease when swapping back and forth between compiling and editing. /shrug
I don't believe Linux and Laptops are a recommended combination, as the hardware is often not compatible with Linux due to the lack of drivers.
Assuming you already burned both Linux ISO files to CD / DVD, give Oracle's free Virtual Box a try: Download and install it, then, get the Vbox Installation Guide from there, too, for the 'slightly geeky' step by step instructions. Check out the Screen Shots, too. When both Distros are successfully installed, you will be able to run all 3 OSes at the same time. TIP: This also assumes your laptop's CPU supports Hardware Visualization, AND has at least 3 GB of System RAM. On W 7 + VBox, I'm running Linux Mint, 98Se, and XP, just for the fun of it. That's 4 OSes running at once.
I can recommend you Ubuntu, it is user friendly and has lots of software. You can check www.ubuntu.com for more info about the distribution.
by "kernel", i think you mean text login to command-line bash prompt. you can type "init 5" to start X. or if you want X to start automatically everytime you boot, edit /etc/inittab to change your default runlevel to 5: id:5:initdefault:
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