OS recommendation

From: Stephen Rees 
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Linux or Windows?

J/k! Actually, I've been using Mandriva for a few years via my Dad's subscri=
ption to their Powerpack version.=20

However, their recent repository issue and some stability problems have me c=
onsidering putting something else on.=20

I'm looking for:
- stability
- Gnome (former KDE addict, but converted for maturity/stability of project)=

- good hardware compatibility=20
- dual screens via docking station
- using compiz on Nvidia graphics
- broadcom rebranded to Dell for wifi
- Bluetooth
- 64 bit
- vmware
- unfortunately, needs to play nicely in a MS environment.=20

I don't mind paying for a solid distro if I get something well-maintained. I=
'm tired of having to switch between distros every few years as they wane ou=
t of existence or start sucking really bad. It seems every time I get new ha=
rdware I have to try 5 or 6 distress to find one that works well.=20

Be nice to find something that can handle more than two screens.=20


- Stephen

Sent from my iPhone=

=============================================================== From: Stephen Haywood ------------------------------------------------------ Try Ubuntu. The 10.04 LTS version will be maintained for two more years. cription to their Powerpack version. e considering putting something else on. ct) . I'm tired of having to switch between distros every few years as they wan= e out of existence or start sucking really bad. It seems every time I get n= ew hardware I have to try 5 or 6 distress to find one that works well.

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ unkmar runs multiple monitors under ubuntu. Broadcom is well supported by most distros from what I can tell. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Stephen Haywood" To: "CHUGALUG" Sent: Monday, April 4, 2011 11:04:29 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern Subject: Re: [Chugalug] OS recommendation Try Ubuntu. The 10.04 LTS version will be maintained for two more years.

=============================================================== From: Erik Hanson ------------------------------------------------------ Ubuntu does all of that for me (but with ATI) subscription to their Powerpack version. considering putting something else on. project) I'm tired of having to switch between distros every few years as they wane out of existence or start sucking really bad. It seems every time I get new hardware I have to try 5 or 6 distress to find one that works well.

=============================================================== From: John Aldrich ------------------------------------------------------ At this point, I'd recommend Ubuntu. It's pretty good, pretty user- friendly.

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ https://help.ubuntu.com/community/VMware Tho I like virtualbox myself. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/VirtualBox ----- Original Message ----- From: "Stephen Rees" To: "CHUGALUG" Sent: Monday, April 4, 2011 10:58:26 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern Subject: [Chugalug] OS recommendation Linux or Windows? J/k! Actually, I've been using Mandriva for a few years via my Dad's subscription to their Powerpack version. However, their recent repository issue and some stability problems have me considering putting something else on. I'm looking for: - stability - Gnome (former KDE addict, but converted for maturity/stability of project) - good hardware compatibility - dual screens via docking station - using compiz on Nvidia graphics - broadcom rebranded to Dell for wifi - Bluetooth - 64 bit - vmware - unfortunately, needs to play nicely in a MS environment. I don't mind paying for a solid distro if I get something well-maintained. I'm tired of having to switch between distros every few years as they wane out of existence or start sucking really bad. It seems every time I get new hardware I have to try 5 or 6 distress to find one that works well. Be nice to find something that can handle more than two screens. - Stephen Sent from my iPhone

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ I would recommend Scientific Linux 6. It is essentially built from Redhat source, and the maintainers strive to keep it bit for bit compatible with RHEL. Their latest version is a direct recompile of RHEL6 and is very nice. I would have suggested CentOS, but they seem to be having problems getting updates and keeping up with Redhats releases, which is sad, because I used to be a big CentOS fan :( If your looking for a good desktop OS, I would suggest Fedora 14. It has been really nice to me :) Ubuntu is great, but I am not sure about their switch to Unity coming up in this next release (due out in a week I think). I am very much a Gnome and Xorg fan.

=============================================================== From: Ben Romines ------------------------------------------------------ I would recommend Ubuntu as well its stable and well maintained. I my self am looking for some of the same things Ive used archlinux for the longest and i recently purchased an old hp workstation and for some reason arch did not like it. I had many problems with the gfx card i have. Maybe you guys can give me some insight, the gfx card is an Radeon 4650 HD.

=============================================================== From: Erik Hanson ------------------------------------------------------ you're having ATI problems in Arch or Ubuntu?

=============================================================== From: Sean Brewer ------------------------------------------------------ Sounds like Arch. Do you have the latest Catalyst drivers installed?: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/linux/Pages/radeon

=============================================================== From: Adam Jimerson ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 Yes please specify here because I have no problem at all with my ATI Radeon 3200 HD under Arch with the open source radeon drivers, the system is sluggish with the proprietary drivers installed. Erik Hanson wrote:

=============================================================== From: Stephen Rees ------------------------------------------------------ Well I got my Mandriva working again. Turns out trying ndiswrapper on my wireless card after installing vmware confuses the heck out of the vmnet module, causing it to lock the system hard. I think I'll abandon vmware and try another solution... As to ATI graphics on older systems...I've had issues before where I had to set some sort of graphics mode in grub for it to work right, and other ones (also for ATI) where all the graphic config had to be done in a lower init level. -Stephen

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 VMWare workstation or GSX/Server? Personally, I got over GSX/Server 3 years ago. If you aren't going to spring for Workstation or run ESX, go w/ Virtual Box. Regards, dtb -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.4.10 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla - http://enigmail.mozdev.org/ iEYEARECAAYFAk2aMiIACgkQABP1RO+tr2TKegCgqISps9rcEorjMFGJqNsI1+HJ M1cAoIdjdS8/FADC84pBvs+bBljXes4z =5AhL -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----