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[AK]Abaddon
02-09-2008, 07:44 PM
Anyone have advice on a good 64-bit LINUX version?

I'm a bit hacked off that VISTA 32-bit cannot recognize up to 4 GB of memory (which it needs to run well IMO), and I'm not inclined to shell out the wads of cash that MS wants for Vista 64-bit. It's been a few weeks since I played a computer game, and I am in the mood to experiment with my computer.

So, any of you geeks running LINUX boxes have a good suggestion or two? :-)

[AK]Palooka
02-09-2008, 11:00 PM
http://www.ubuntu.com/

[AK]Squidly
02-10-2008, 04:20 AM
That's a solid choice.

[AK]Abaddon
02-10-2008, 06:15 AM
In preparation, I downloaded and made install DVDs for MEPIS, Ubuntu, and Fedora versions of LINUX. What the heck makes Fedora a 3.4 GB install DVD versus 800-900 MB like the others?

[AK]Hylander
02-10-2008, 06:48 AM
I have an Ubuntu box myself - although I use to be a huge SuSE fan, I really like this Ubuntu install to 'play around with'. I don't use it that often - but it's there. ;)

Also.. you DO NOT want the 64-bit version of VISTA. If you read MaximumPC at all... it's a disaster and horror story waiting to happen with all the problem, incompatibilities, etc. Worse than the 32-bit version by far.

[AK]Squidly
02-10-2008, 08:12 AM
Hylander;77202']
Also.. you DO NOT want the 64-bit version of VISTA. If you read MaximumPC at all... it's a disaster and horror story waiting to happen with all the problem, incompatibilities, etc. Worse than the 32-bit version by far.

And that's saying something.

Buy a Mac and throw XP on a second partition.

[AK]Bribo
02-10-2008, 08:14 AM
I've installed and played around with Ubuntu on a spare laptop at work. Very cool distro. Very easy as well.

[AK]Abaddon
02-10-2008, 08:26 AM
Well ... I tried the install of Ubuntu, MEPIS and Fedora. Of the three, Fedora was the only one that would install smoothly and still allow me the use of my USB keyboard through the install process. Ubuntu crashed to a black screen as soon as the install started.

I have Fedora up and running, and it looks nice. I am still downloading all of the updates now.

[AK]Hylander
02-10-2008, 08:34 AM
Wow... I thought that me getting Ubuntu to work on an old Gateway E series PC would allow it to load on just about anything. These old Gateway PCs are a pain in the @ss. Every time I reboot I get a 'disk error', I just hit enter and it reboots. I think it has to do with the custom boot configurations Gateway puts in the BIOS or something. I'd check... but I've never been able to get into the bios on the thing! I've tried every key combination I could find on the net to no avail....

[AK]Abaddon
02-10-2008, 08:59 AM
Heh, these old Unix command line interfaces are a hoot. I haven't seen this stuff since college. Wonder if the Commodore Amiga MOD file FTP sites are still up in Helsinki ... lol

[AK]Abaddon
02-17-2008, 04:22 PM
New favorite:

http://www.sabayonlinux.org/

This distro is based on Gentoo, and has a beautiful look to it. It detected all of my hardware, unlike Ubuntu, which chokes hard on my Nvidia 8800. Sayabon is great so far.

[AK]StitchJones
02-18-2008, 11:56 AM
I do like how Ubuntu runs however I've been a long time KDE+ fan. So I have used Kubuntu more often with Ubuntu with the same level of sucess. On my MacBook Pro I currently have a fully configured Kubuntu VM Appliance that I built using the VMWare Fusion program.
I used to be a long time SuSE supporter, but over time that distro has become plagued with bloatware to the point where you need a Terabyte of storage to install the darn thing.

[AK]Abaddon
02-18-2008, 01:02 PM
Sayabon uses a really nice KDE adaptation -- Version 3.5 also integrates the same menu system as SuSE. It the nicest-looking, smoothest installing LINUX I have found -- and I tried all the majors in the last week - Fedora, SuSe, MEPIS, Kubuntu (same 8800 prob as Ubuntu), Ubuntu. I did not try Slax or Gentoo (although Sayabon is based on the Gentoo distro).

[AK]StitchJones
02-18-2008, 03:20 PM
where do you score a copy of Sayabon? I did a little bit of looking and I only found forum topics that talk about it.
Thanks

[AK]Hylander
02-18-2008, 04:10 PM
StitchJones;77403']where do you score a copy of Sayabon? I did a little bit of looking and I only found forum topics that talk about it.
Thanks

I don't think it's available on X-Box Live... you'll have to get on a PC and try looking at someplace like Distrowatch. (http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=sabayon) :uzi:

[AK]Abaddon
02-18-2008, 05:29 PM
http://www.sabayonlinux.org/

You can download it from a link off there.

[AK]Clay
02-19-2008, 10:47 AM
OK I'm seriously thinking about trying this for my tablet notebook.

I've got a few qwirks that I'm hoping you guys can offer some advice on:

It's a tablet notebook. Meaning it's a touch screen you can write on and you can rotate the screen around to make it a flat surfaces to write upon. Right now all that is built into what I have - are there some Linux OS versions or add-ons that will support this?

The tablet also has some built in nifties for playing DVD movies, with little push buttons right on the side of the screen for controls. This is custom to that brand HP laptop (HP Pavilion TX1000). Any chance I will be able to still use that? I'm hopeing this is hardware in some ways, since this will work w/out even having to boot up the machine - so maybe OS independant?

I play WoW a lot. Will WoW, it's addins, and Ventrillo work on Linux? If I have to use some kind of Windows Emulator - will I still be able to use all 4 GB of RAM I have in my machine?

[AK]StitchJones
02-19-2008, 03:49 PM
Thank you for the link Ab!

[AK]Clay
04-29-2008, 07:08 PM
Any updates on favorite versions of Linux? Looks like it's mostly down to Ubuntu and Sabayon.

[AK]Hylander
04-29-2008, 07:16 PM
I just updated to the latest release of Ubuntu and must say it just keeps getting better. Updating doesn't get any easier and everything just works.

[AK]The Beast
04-30-2008, 05:10 AM
I've got an Ubuntu VM on my MacBook, and I love running on it. Almost as much as MacOS. :nuh:

[AK]Clay
05-11-2008, 10:36 AM
Well this is working out -

I installed Ubuntu on my laptop last night. It wiped my harddrive and boots to a black screen with a blinking cursor in the top left corner that doesn't work. After a few keystrokes (w/ no effect), the computer starts beeping at me.

[AK]Bribo
05-11-2008, 05:43 PM
Clay;81602']Well this is working out -

I installed Ubuntu on my laptop last night. It wiped my harddrive and boots to a black screen with a blinking cursor in the top left corner that doesn't work. After a few keystrokes (w/ no effect), the computer starts beeping at me.

4th down. Time to punt.

[AK]Clay
05-22-2008, 04:11 PM
After much trial end error, I now successfully have Ubuntu installed on my laptop -with the duel boot option to Vista.

While Ubuntu is supposed to be relatively user friendly for most machines, it is a bit infamously not so for the HP Pavalion TX 1000. The hardest part was getting my wireless working correctly. The learning curve is a bit steep for someone unfamiliar with Linux to having to run a battery of commands in Terminal.

Once that was done, things got a lot easier a lot faster. Once I got comfortable enough that this wasn't a dog, I decided to install Civ 4 and WINE. Lots of special little commands, programs, .dll's, etc. But you know what, once I got that all figured out, Civ 4 runs FASTER in Ubuntu than it did in Windows. That's just amazing to me - the program is coded for Windows, not Linux, and yet running an emulator and some bandaid type fixes, I'm getting superior game performance in Ubuntu. Makes the mind boggle at what games would be like if they were coded to run native mode in Linux (of which Ubuntu is a version of Linux).

I think I'll see how WoW works next (hopefully it's not too tough to get going).