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Chad Johnson
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[quote="BruceCadieux":vmlzymbt]Well that would sum up many peoples feelings about Ubuntu and Gnome.

You really should venture outside of Ubuntu and try some real Linux distributions. In my honest opinion Ubuntu just plain sucks.

My computer works when I need to use it. I do not work on it, I do nothing to maintain it and my software works incredibly well. Best part is I didn't have to flush hundreds or thou=sands down the toilet on proprietary junk.[/quote:vmlzymbt]

What would you recommend for a non-computer geek user to use as a Linux distribution / Window manager?

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Any KDE based distribution. But Not Kubuntu! It is not a well put together distribution but feels more like an after thought slapped together at the last moment.

OpenSUSE is outstanding. http://www.opensuse.org/en/
PC Linux OS http://www.pclinuxos.com/
Mageia http://www.mageia.org/en/
Pardus http://www.pardus.org.tr/eng/

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I know these posts are old but the discussion between Linux and Windows, and which one is better is still up in the air. Just dual booted Linux Mint 14.1 Nadia with the Mate desktop on an 8yr XP Emachine. I use xp to run audacity through my sound card so I can transfer my audio cassette to my hard drive. Why not use Mint? I tried, and will if I can ever get it to support my sound card, which is an old C-Media series. MY point, it still works with windows and not with Linux, unless someone knows of a Linux driver. Will be using Mint to do my thing over the internet, since I will disable the internet connection in xp, and uninstall all the programs I can do without. Until consumers are willing to pay for software or hardware that will work with Linux, Linux will never catch up to windows. Just be an OS to surf the internet with. That's my opinion.

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I have nothing against Linux. In fact I manage a few servers running Linux (CentOs and Ubuntu), though I'm not as fluent as I wish with a little help and common sense I make my way through.

My main concern with Linux on the desktop is fragmentation - just too many versions floating around and I think that adds confusion for the average user.

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I agree with you Dave, there's too many distros out there. I have Unbuntu on an old XP machine. I installed it within Windows using Wubi, that way I can use Ubuntu if I want or just uninstall it like any other program.

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