I need a suggestion (this is one for the Linux geeks...)

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by BTMO, May 25, 2006.

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    BTMO Guest

    I have an old PC I want to set up at home for the kids to access the net on,
    and I can't be arsed paying for an OS for it, so I am willing to give Linux
    a go.

    Can anyone suggest a good place to download a copy of a nice, easy to
    install version?

    To complicate things - they want to use MSN Messenger on it, and one of them
    has an iPod...

    Over to you!



    BTMO, May 25, 2006
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    EMB Guest

    Trade the kids in on a mistress ;-)
    EMB, May 25, 2006
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    Bruce Hoult Guest

    Put the latest kubuntu on it. Amarok can handle the iPod, konversation
    can handle MSN.

    Email and say I sent you and I'm sure she'll send you a CD.
    Bruce Hoult, May 25, 2006
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    Adam Guest

    I'd wait a week or so ... new version of Ubuntu is on its way ...


    Adam, May 25, 2006
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    shannon Guest

    Ask on a linux friendly group, you'll just get flamed by arseholes here.
    As you are in Wellington, pop along to the linux user group meeting at
    LAN place in Eagle House (same building as Ascent) and someone will give
    you some CDs and probably install it for you if you bring the box.
    shannon, May 25, 2006
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    Jerry Guest

    Really? I see helpful responses, but where are your flames?
    Jerry, May 25, 2006
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    shannon Guest

    sheepshit and his mate jennings seemingly never fail to add a sour note
    to any thread involving linux
    shannon, May 25, 2006
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    BTMO Guest

    Hmmm.. ask a technical question, get an intriguing answer...

    I like the way you think, young man!!!!

    BTMO, May 26, 2006
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    BTMO Guest


    Thanks for that!

    I will just download it. The last thing I want is a bunch of Linux geeks
    trying make friends with me...



    BTMO, May 26, 2006
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    BTMO Guest

    Thanks for that Bruce!

    However, I am off of the Telecon Nowork entirely now, and "broadband"
    actually means something again. I will just download it...



    BTMO, May 26, 2006
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    BTMO Guest

    Thanks for that - will give it a go. It is only a 600 mb download...


    (I love not being a slave to Telefoam any longer!)
    BTMO, May 26, 2006
  12. you are on to it... keep those penguins at bay

    Tihare Eruera, May 26, 2006
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    Shane Guest

    Then do it for the women!
    Linux club meetings add 5 charisma points and 3 health points
    And women cant resist a man who can proudly say, Ive been to a computer club
    that specialises in a alternative Operating System
    (Helps if you wear the cape when you say it)
    (Also helps if the women are really really really really really drunk)
    Shane, May 26, 2006
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    Les Guest

    Check the magazine racks, they often have a recent release of one of the
    popular distro's on cd or dvd. There is currently a Linux mag out with
    Mandriva, altho I haven't touched anything from them for ages so I don't
    know if its the best, certainly it should have one of the more user
    friendly installers and device recognition. If you can get hold of
    Ubuntu it is getting quite popular now.

    You can use a prog call Gaim to access a variety of messenger services,
    including MSN.

    I don't think you will get anything to talk to the iPod, you will need
    to Google about for that.

    Les, May 27, 2006
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    s.te.v.e. Guest

    iTunes support on Linux will cost you a few dollars.

    I use:

    Xandros 3.0 Deluxe with all updates.

    You want he latest version of Codeweavers Crossover Office (5.0.1 Pro)
    installed. (for iTunes 6.0)

    You need 128MB+ of RAM or more.

    If you just want to play MP3s....then Knoppix with XMMS will do the job just
    fine.....for free.....provided you have 128MB or more RAM.
    s.te.v.e., May 27, 2006
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    shannon Guest

    Try banshee
    Heres the install for ubuntu
    shannon, May 27, 2006
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    Peter Guest

    How old is the PC? In particular, how much RAM does it have, and what CPU
    The better the PC, the easier it is to get user functionality. Lower spec
    PCs need higher spec admin skills to get it set up well. If it is less
    than say 500MHz and 256MB RAM, then you might find it difficult and / or
    get an unsatisfactory user experience.
    (Of course, your can get a well functioning PC with lower specs than this.
    But I'm guessing the OP is not experienced in Linux, and may not have the
    knowledge to get the best out of a lower spec box.)

    The popular distros are probably fairly equivalent. I find Mandriva is just
    fine, and other people have reported excellent results with Suse,
    Ubuntu/Kubuntu, Debian, Xandros, et al.

    See also ...


    Peter, May 27, 2006
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    BTMO Guest

    Actually, this makes sense....
    Or really, really geeky!

    Thanks for that, Shane!!!

    (removes tongue from cheek)
    BTMO, May 28, 2006
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    Adam Guest

    Heh .,.. you obviously didn't see the big bold writing pointing you
    FREE CD shipping then ;-)

    Last time there was a release I (and a few others here) just put
    copies in the post to whoever wanted one - as they seem quite happy to
    mail as many as 10 CDs out at a time.

    Adam, May 28, 2006
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