January 13, 2012

Best new machine & distro for 1st time Linux user moving from Mac?

I want a new machine, and I don't do windows, and no longer support mac. Something that is easy to operate & will require little maintenance or attention...like a Honda car. I have a small business and need the basics...browser, office suite, and I love music so being able to rip CDs, transfer vinyl etc. I currently use Audio Hijack & Fission.

I too am a Mac convert and I have always been a Debian user, even when I was...

I too am a Mac convert and I have always been a Debian user, even when I was a Mac guy I always had a Debian box. If you like OSX's interface (minus the fancy eye candy doo-hickies) you can configure gnome to look and feel just like it in moments and it is a very intuitive. If you want eye candy install compiz, I don't use it but it is pretty. It comes with a built in cd ripper, although I use ripperx. I use gramofile to rip vinyl, etc. If I need to do any polishing, editing or cleaning to ripped audio I use audacity. Debian is maintenance free, as are most distros, and your only real learning curve will be package management, which is a new concept to anyone converting to linux. I have been using Debian full time, 100% for absolutely everything since 2006 and my only concern, the only thing I miss is all the money I wasted on Macs.Linux does it all, and more, and it does it better.

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I guess the best machine would be an unbranded machine and a distribution...

I guess the best machine would be an unbranded machine and a distribution like Pclinuxos or Mint.
Both install easily and work with all regular hardware.

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Try linux mint 12 with codecs.

Try linux mint 12 with codecs.

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I have an Asus laptop and I started to use Zorin OS because I did not like...

I have an Asus laptop and I started to use Zorin OS because I did not like Ubuntu's Unity-thing and I am very happy with it. Go to www.zorin-os.com there is more info and also info about Zorin PC.

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I have never owned a Mac. I use Mint 12, am very pleased with it, and would...

I have never owned a Mac. I use Mint 12, am very pleased with it, and would highly recommend it. It offers a choice of GNOME or MATE interfaces. MATE is more user-friendly but still is under development. One thing about MATE, you have to customize it to use double-clicking. (This is can be easily done by any novice but just thought you should be aware.)

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I'm surprised no one has commented here. I suggest the Ultimate 3.0 Your text...

I'm surprised no one has commented here. I suggest the Ultimate 3.0 Your text to link here... I have it installed on an AMD 2.6 Quad core with 4 gig of ram Most of the software you would want is pre installed and the combination is the fastest pc i have ever used i would say more than twice as fast as the same hardware when win 7 was installed. But any off the shelf dual core pc should be sufficient With this Operating System personally i have been very impressed Your text to link here... 3.2 gig Quad core 4 g ram 500 g hd for 400 and backed by HPwould be hard to beat that

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Emperror Linux , SYstem 76 are Linux Based Machines. But, bit costly....

Emperror Linux , SYstem 76 are Linux Based Machines. But, bit costly.
My personal opinion, Dell is OK with avg cost.

You can get with NO OS installed on them. Then Install Mint or Ubuntu for easy to use, user friendly things.
After installing a few minutes of internet use will satisfy your Music needs. Office suite will come along with Distro

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In my opinion, PCLINUXOS is the easiest linux distro for a linux newbee....

In my opinion, PCLINUXOS is the easiest linux distro for a linux newbee.
Any of the distros will be able to rip cd's or capture audio from an outside source, providing you have the proper cables.
http://www.pclinuxos.com/
I personally prefer the KDE desktop, but as they are free, you can experiment with the other window managers. They all come as "Live Distros" so you can test them out before you decide which one you like. The distro I mentioned is pre configured with both ATI and NVIDIA drivers so it is not necessary to re install any thing. I recomend doing some research on youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=pclinuxos&oq=pclinuxos&aq=f&...

Good Luck and welcome to the world of Linux

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As far as I am using, it is best to use Intel make MB (recommended Core2Duo)...

As far as I am using, it is best to use Intel make MB (recommended Core2Duo) and Processors. Regarding OS, there r several choices like, Fedora, SuSE Linux, Ubuntu or CentOS in which Fedora and Ubuntu is free. Though u r using for basic jobs, the server is not required here.

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Use linux mint. Depending on your machine, you can download the right distro...

Use linux mint. Depending on your machine, you can download the right distro for your desktop.

http://www.linuxmint.com/oldreleases.php

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