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Nills Lagerbaak
04-08-2010, 14:25:31
Has anyone used Xubuntu? I have used it once and was very impressed. Any obvious things that wouldn't be compatible with it?

04-08-2010, 14:30:52
I've only used standard ubuntu. Found it very easy to use as long as you don't use any really new hardware. Even managed to get it to boot off a USB drive.

04-08-2010, 14:41:46
Any obvious things that wouldn't be compatible with it?


Nills Lagerbaak
04-08-2010, 14:53:12
What all games? and why not?

04-08-2010, 14:55:37
Because it doesn't support all the fancy libraries needed by fancy games these days.

To be a true nerd you'd have a dual boot, with ubuntu and then a workable OS like windows 7 to do all the other things you needed to do.

Nills Lagerbaak
04-08-2010, 15:01:01
Well I was thinking of booting from a USB stick and seeing how it works out before getting a "real" operating system. Dual boot is just way, way too nerdy, but I guess with Xubuntu on a stick you could have dual boot without being a nerd...?

04-08-2010, 15:07:38
With very few exceptions Games only work on Windows. They all need things like DirectX that are only on Windows.

Get Windows 7. It's actually pretty good.

Having any form of Linux booting makes you a mega nerd, so that's not a concern for you. Booting off a USB is ok for a netbook or something but you'll find it painfully slow on your mega-machine. Dual boot isn't that hard to set up with the modern distributions.

04-08-2010, 15:08:24
I'm not sure there's very much music making software that will work on Linux either.

Nills Lagerbaak
04-08-2010, 15:09:57
I probably will get Windows 7 but the computer will probably be assembled before I do so it might help me check everything is OK. Exciting times...

Nills Lagerbaak
04-08-2010, 15:13:59
I'm not sure there's very much music making software that will work on Linux either.

OK cool, think it's probably not suitable for my needs

Nills Lagerbaak
04-08-2010, 15:21:36
Although I just read something about WINE. Some dude seems to get a lot of his music stuff working with WINE...

04-08-2010, 15:21:38
It is annoying though, I'd rather run Linux, and not pay for windows.

04-08-2010, 22:12:16
There's no point to running Linux unless you're an uber nerd developer. Even I don't run Linux at home.

05-08-2010, 07:54:23
and he is an uber nerd developer.

Greg W
05-08-2010, 13:43:30
How many uber nerds has he developed?

05-08-2010, 14:41:00
if your only planning on playing old stuff you can get a suprising amount of games working through WINE.

But I was reading an article about streaming game services which look like they are increasingly going to make the OS irrelevent.

Nills Lagerbaak
10-08-2010, 07:52:40
right I tried to run Xubuntu off the CD. After choosing my language and choosing run off the CD it seems to take ages (~15 mins) and returns lots and lots of errors something like "....missing I/O device", before it finally gives me a mouse pointer clock on a black screen and seems to hang there.

could this mean there is a problem with the motherboard?

10-08-2010, 08:02:27
Much more likely to mean that it's incompatible with Xubuntu.

11-08-2010, 02:39:03
The sweet spot for desktop Linux is hardware that is 2-5 years old. Any newer than that, and there's incompatibilities because it's too new. Any older than that, there's incompatibilities because it's too old and not included in the defaults.