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Ubuntu is a good choice for my rig?

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November 21, 2006 2:28:43 PM

Hey guys,

I'm building a new rig for Christmas and have never tried Linux before and would love to give it a go!

I've been reading the past 4/5 pages in order to get an idea of how good it is.. im pretty impressed.

I'm downloading as we speak to try before installing on my new PC.

So I guess what I'm asking is.. is linux as good for old PCs as it is for newer?.. either way I cant see myself not installing it! :p 

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November 22, 2006 10:35:13 AM

Hi, Ubuntu is rated as the best Linux distro. Anyway I think it is the most popular.
Linux will run fine on any socket A motherboard or newer.
A Linux computer will last 5 years, compared to 3 years for a Windows computer.
There are distributions of Linux for older hardware like Damn Small Linux, Vector Linux, STX.
a b 5 Linux
November 22, 2006 1:57:57 PM

Fine suggestions/information, evongugg.

azy, probably the most important thing to keep in mind with any of the newer, desktop-oriented Linux distro is that things , while generally easy to set up and use, are done differently than in Windows. There are many great information resources out there online, including the vast user communities and wikis, and just simply searching as well. My primary piece of advice is don't get frustrated because Linux and BSD can do many things that you can't easily (or sometimes at all) elsewhere.
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November 23, 2006 6:38:32 PM

I downloaded Ubuntu and ran it from the CD.

First impressions weren't that great..

But im going to give it another chance because I really want to learn about it.

Anywho.. i'm going to carry on and firgure out what linux has to offer :) 

Thanks for the posts guys!
November 24, 2006 3:20:07 PM

Quote:
I downloaded Ubuntu and ran it from the CD.

First impressions weren't that great..

But im going to give it another chance because I really want to learn about it.

Anywho.. i'm going to carry on and firgure out what linux has to offer :) 

Thanks for the posts guys!


ok, i've had a good go lastnight but theres one more question.. I play counter-strike and my sensetivity is very important to me.. is there any way I could keep it the same?
a b 5 Linux
November 25, 2006 5:33:25 PM

Are you refering to mouse sensitivity? If so, the easy way (but it is dependent on what driver you are using) is to simply add an option to the Xorg configuration file. If mouse sensitivity is what you are refering to, we kinda need to know what mouse you are using and how it's configured in Xorg (list the area for the mouse, should kinda look like the following...)
[code:1:510c8f787c]Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
#Some options here, i.e. I can use the option Option "Resolution" "800"
EndSection[/code:1:510c8f787c]

Perhaps the more pertinent question is how do you plan on playing CS in Linux? Wine can be a little tricky to setup, it seems to work well with non-free Cedega, but then again it's non-free.
November 28, 2006 7:03:22 PM

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I'm downloading as we speak to try before installing on my new PC.


I've also been looking into trying Ubuntu, but I can't seem to find it. Where are you downloading it?
a b 5 Linux
November 29, 2006 2:57:52 AM

Go here, I'd suggest giving 6.10 a spin (lots of nice new features), pick your continent, country (or closest available), then a mirror location. Download the ISO, burn it (if you don't know how, go here and follow the instructions), and enjoy! Note that the CD is a little different than the Windows XP install CD in that it will bring up a full environment (running off of the CDROM, called a liveCD, so it will be slower than when you have it on a hard drive) that you can play around with and, if you like what you see, launch the installer from the desktop.

If you start getting serious about wanting to install it, there are many great guides out there to set up dual-boot systems without needing to destroy your current Windows setup by non-destructively resizing the Windows partition to make room. Or of course you can stop back here and we'd be glad to help you through the process.
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