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    Any Ubuntu users in the house?

    My primary OS is Vista, but do have my laptop configured to dual boot into Ubuntu if I so choose. I just launched a few minutes ago, as I replaced the router and was too lazy to find the new password for the secure connection. Anyway, I noticed that my version is 11.10, and from viewing a bunch of videos on youtube about various Linux distros, I know that I'm now two full releases behind the times.

    Should I bother updating to 12.10 or just concentrate on just updating the rest of the packages?

    From watching those youtube vids, it appears that the UI has changed a fair bit, but still recognizable. I do like the looks of Mint as well (and zorin 5/6 and pinguyOS), but most of the tech heads tend to agree that ubuntu is perhaps the best flavor for the beginner.

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    I always like ubuntu but ive grown to like zorin more i thinks that is the right name now im on win 8

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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    I always like ubuntu but ive grown to like zorin more i thinks that is the right name now im on win 8
    Zorin 6 is out and there were a few who said that it is perhaps the best to get your toe wet with Linux if you are used to Win7.

    Not sold on Win8 on a non touch screen- that is one of the reasons why I'm looking hard at diving into the Linux pool again.

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    I dnt like the gui of win 8 but the kernel or what ever you call it is pretty decent real stable and fast

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    Crickey! I just took a peek at what version I'm running of Firefox. It's 10.0.1. These updates are gonna take a while...

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    i use goggle chome for my browser

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    After installing Win 8 on my primary machine, the Windows 7 on my second PC seems primitive in comparision.

    It takes a little getting used to but is so slick... if you are running Vista you can upgrade to Win 8 Pro really cheaply until January and the performance improvement on that side of things will be significant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    i use goggle chome for my browser
    I currently have 4 browsers installed: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and IE9.

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    yep. 12.04 LTS here. no problems.

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    I started the upgrade process to ubunt 12.04 and it seemed to freeze up. Couldn't open up any other application, nor would it allow me to power down. I unplugged the laptop (battery was removed some time ago) and then attempted to ubuntu again with no luck.

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    Dude - Good to see a GNU Linux user out there - I got very tired of having to continually modify my Ubuntu installations and found that MINT Linux usually does a better job...

    By the way - Mint 13 has more than a few problems lately but that could be to its use of the Ubuntu repositories...

    (Always have your Puppy Linux disk ready for when you get in trouble...)

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    I just bought a new System76 Sable with 12.10 for my room mate.. It's a pretty nice machine and she's not much of a computer person so she's pretty excited to learn. Mainly she's just happy to have a new computer. For what she uses a computer for, I think it's perfect. I'm thinking I might install it on my iMac one of these days to play with. So far we are learning it together, and I'm thinking I might install Mint for her. Supposedly it's a little more friendly. Keep in mind her old computer ran Windows XP. What does everyone think about Cinnamon?

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    I'm downloading Quantal Quetzal now. Gonna install it on my new laptop. I plan on running VirtualBox with Ubuntu as my Host OS. The guest OS will be Windows 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertkat View Post
    I just bought a new System76 Sable with 12.10 for my room mate.. It's a pretty nice machine and she's not much of a computer person so she's pretty excited to learn. Mainly she's just happy to have a new computer. For what she uses a computer for, I think it's perfect. I'm thinking I might install it on my iMac one of these days to play with. So far we are learning it together, and I'm thinking I might install Mint for her. Supposedly it's a little more friendly. Keep in mind her old computer ran Windows XP. What does everyone think about Cinnamon?
    Been checking out a bunch of the various distros on youtube. Here's my take so far:

    1. There's a crap ton of different options out there.
    2. Zorin OS probably comes closest to emulating a Windows "feel".
    3. Pinguy OS is like ubuntu on steroids.
    4. Pear OS is the one for those used to dealing with Macs.
    5. You can have them as light or as feature packed as you want.

    I'm really close to installing a new distro, and I'm leaning towards either Mint or Zorin.

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    I would go ahead and download it, burn it to a DVD and start it up as a LIVECD, you can check it out and see what you think about it. I carry the ISO file on a USB stick and have it set up to be bootable, it's got several Linux distributions on it as well as a custom Windows Pre-Installation Environment (PE) on it, it comes in handy. I also have it setup on my Windows box as a virtual PC using Virtualbox, it can be installed on Linux too so you could have a Linux guest on a Linux host to check out the new features.

    I've always preferred the KDE desktop so I use Kubuntu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couch View Post
    I'm downloading Quantal Quetzal now. Gonna install it on my new laptop. I plan on running VirtualBox with Ubuntu as my Host OS. The guest OS will be Windows 7.

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    I installed that on my toaster last week

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    I run 12.04 LTS. 10.04 was unstable on my system for some reason probably related to video drivers. 12.04 has been rock solid, but it does take some getting used to. The old menus are gone and you have to search for your apps, which seems a bit nuts

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    I have one machine running Arch, one running Debian Testing and two running Linux Mint Debian Edition. In all four, I install XFCE for some of the apps, but use JWM instead for a desktop. Sure, it looks like NT4, but I don't care because it works and it's quick.

    Should you stick with Ubuntu, go to 12.04 LTS, that way you will get updates almost forever. Also, the privacy people are all apoplectic about Canonical adding Amazon to the desktop search results in 12.10 if that sort of thing bothers you. It's only one package to remove, guys!

    I really dig Linux Mint Debian because it's Debian-based so I can treat it like any other Debian machine, but the package selection is more desktop-appropriate and it saves me some setup work post-install.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Couch View Post
    I'm downloading Quantal Quetzal now. Gonna install it on my new laptop. I plan on running VirtualBox with Ubuntu as my Host OS. The guest OS will be Windows 7.

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    Posting with Quantal Quenzal now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couch View Post
    Posting with Quantal Quenzal now

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris..... View Post
    I'm posting from my toaster.
    So what flavor of Linux do you have installed? Cinnamon toast or blueberry muffin?

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    I ran a Unix machine for a lot of years so I figure I've served my time and I don't need to run Linux to further punish myself.

    We have a Linux server at work and I've gotten into it enough to change user accounts and so forth. I decided to do some experimenting so I pulled an old computer out of the office storage room and loaded a server version of Ubuntu onto it. I tried many times and could not get the machine to install an array of drives so I gave up.

    My DVR is probably running some form of Linux which explains why I can sometimes push a button on my remote and it takes the thing 30 seconds to respond. I seem to remember that our old Unix minicomputer was really bad at multiprocessing sometimes. I think I could put together evidence that Linus Torvalds is a domestic terrorist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couch View Post
    Posting with Quantal Quenzal now

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    I'm currently in the process of installing Precise Pangolin now. Using Wubi through Windows to do it. I'll report from the other side of the partition after it's fully up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    My primary OS is Vista, but do have my laptop configured to dual boot into Ubuntu if I so choose. I just launched a few minutes ago, as I replaced the router and was too lazy to find the new password for the secure connection. Anyway, I noticed that my version is 11.10, and from viewing a bunch of videos on youtube about various Linux distros, I know that I'm now two full releases behind the times.

    Should I bother updating to 12.10 or just concentrate on just updating the rest of the packages?

    From watching those youtube vids, it appears that the UI has changed a fair bit, but still recognizable. I do like the looks of Mint as well (and zorin 5/6 and pinguyOS), but most of the tech heads tend to agree that ubuntu is perhaps the best flavor for the beginner.
    Definitely keep up to date. My primary OS is Mac OS X, but I also run Ubuntu in a virtual machine. I run 12.04, LTS, Or "Long Term Support". I simply could not get used
    to the Unity interface, but don't let that cloud your own judgement. Some folks seem to make out just fine with it. To get the Gnome desktop back, just open up a terminal CNTRL+ALT+T, and enter "sudo apt-get install gnome-panel" Yes to all questions. Once done, log out. You should now be able to choose "classic" from the login window.
    That's it. Then you can customize the interface all you want, pretty much as before. Some things different in Gnome 3. For example, to customize the menu bars
    press CNTRL+ALT and right click in the menu bar. Then, under properties, you can change colors, size, etc.

    It is important to keep up to date, for security purposes, and to keep everything neat and tidy.

    Linux is an awesome system, for people who like to learn stuff. Is Ubuntu the best distro? I like it, but it is arguable. Mint also looks pretty cool. Maybe one of the best things about the Linux community, is the way most people seem to want to help each other out.
    "The People will believe what the Media tells them they believe". George Orwell.

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