May 1, 2010

Linux Distros - Took the quiz, need input

I've narrowed my choices down with the help of the Linux Distro Quiz and here's what I was recommended:

100% - OpenSUSE
95% - Mandriva
95% - Linux Mint
95% - Kubuntu
95% - Ubuntu
90% - Fedora

I'd like to put this on a laptop (HP DV1000). It's a bit old but I think it can run it. I currently run Windows 7 on it and it runs OK. It only struggles a bit when running some of the more processor intensive applications. Basically, I need to be able to do the following:

- Word Processing (Basically, everything that OpenOffice or Microsoft Office Suite does)
- Some basic photo editing (though I shoot in RAW so this may be out the window -- I currently use Photoshop Elements)
- Possibly connect my Zune to it. I don't know if there's any support for it on Linux but that would be great
- Network Testing

I'm currently a student majoring in telecommunications. If there's a set of tools I can use to do some network testing or anything of that sort, that would be great. I've looked into BackTrack but that build of Linux is very daunting for a first time Linux user.

I'd like to get to know Linux on a more in-depth level as all my experience is simply with Windows (I know). I want to really get a handle on working with Linux from both the client-side aspect as well as the server-side aspect. I realize these builds may not necessarily be the best for a look at how Linux works on the server side but I guess I'd like to get my feet with with learning the user experience.

Are there any network troubleshooting tools or suite of tools available for these builds?

Well, that's all I can think of right now. The rest is just casual web browsing so nothing TOO demanding.

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