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June 26, 2012 1:01:14 PM

what is the latest version of linux as of now? I might want to try it for entertainment for home and slightly curious of how it operates if its different from windows and mac.

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June 26, 2012 2:04:49 PM

lookerup said:
what is the latest version of linux as of now? I might want to try it for entertainment for home and slightly curious of how it operates if its different from windows and mac.


You likely are asking what is the most recent Linux distribution rather than the actual kernel (pedantic people will give you a hard time when you word your question the way you did).

If you're a beginner, download Ubuntu 12.04. You'll get to play around with the Unity interface which is different from both Windows and Mac. Keep in mind that there are lots of different UIs available to run on top of Linux. If you want more of a Windows XP-like experience, consider downloading Lubuntu 12.04 or Zorin OS Lite 6. If you have a fairly powerful computer (4 gigs ram or more) try one of the KDE distributions like Kubuntu 12.04 or Mageia 2.
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June 26, 2012 2:28:32 PM

will try those out and yes i'm a beginner on linux.
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June 26, 2012 2:41:04 PM

The latest stable kernel is 3.4.4. If you just want to try it out you would probably be better avoiding the latest and greatest and go for a slightly older distribution. Fedora 16 is pretty good; so is SuSE but I'm not sure what the latest versions are. The very newest versions of Ubuntu seem to be losing the plot slightly in a failed attempt to outdo Windows and OS X.
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June 26, 2012 4:53:17 PM

is Fedora 16 good for your own personal use like gaming (slightly), internet browsing(to youtube/shop and so on).
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June 26, 2012 5:25:04 PM

Yes fedora is good (it is the free community fork of RedHat), competes very well with ubuntu. That being said, no linux distrobution is 'good for gaming'. You will not be able to run most of your windows games without a lot of work installing them through 'WINE' ( http://www.winehq.org/ ) just like you can't install windows applications on a mac. But there are lots of linux native games like http://www.humblebundle.com/

internet browsing? my goodness yes. There is a plethora of browsers to choose from, ranging from completely text based to Chrome and Firefox. Browsing works exactly as it would in windows. Flash is also available for linux, but user beware (adobe is notorious for frequently creating showstopper bugs). someday this project will replace adobe as the best flash player http://lightspark.github.com/ :) 

you may also wish to look at mint linux. currently #1 on http://distrowatch.com/ (checkout at least the top 10)
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June 26, 2012 6:03:59 PM

wow. i didn't think that linux was that troublesome, but will try it out and see how it goes.
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June 26, 2012 6:33:50 PM

lookerup said:
wow. i didn't think that linux was that troublesome, but will try it out and see how it goes.


Linux isn't troublesome unless you really want to play higher-end PC games, or use very specific, purpose-built software that isn't generally found outside a certain industry/job position. Even then there are often ways to work around things. It's not much more difficult than having a Mac in a PC world. I kind of LOL at my Mac friends who say "I love my Mac!" (But you're always running Windows on it??? :lol:  )

If you just want to play browser games or stuff like Minecraft you will be fine.

If you stick with something like Cinnamon you'll find it very, very easy.
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June 26, 2012 6:38:28 PM

Yes, not troublesome! Just don't expect to be able to run Arkham City :) 
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June 26, 2012 9:37:14 PM

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June 28, 2012 3:40:27 PM

Easiest to Learn Linux Mint 13 Mate

Most Cutting Edge Software Fedora 17

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Even high end games are becomign less of a problem.

I currently run World of Tanks, Teamfortress 2, Left4Dead2, and Diablo 3 is all working on linux
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June 28, 2012 3:47:05 PM

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Yes, not troublesome! Just don't expect to be able to run Arkham City :) 



Here is the link to the Wine Tutorial to install and run Arkham Asylum
http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=applic...


Here is the link to install and run Arkham City
http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=versio...

Youtube video with install instructions
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=w...

Linux isn't up to par as far as High End gaming, but it's not as far behind as it use to be.


@Wombat_TG For a new person Download Linux Mint MATE NOT Cinnamon. Cinn is a new layout and is considered by the Mint team to be a little more "buggey" then the Long standing Mate Version.
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June 28, 2012 10:22:44 PM

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