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    Re: Which Linux distribution should I dual boot with Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sorivenul View Post
    The big question here is, "What would you do with the second OS?"

    A lot of our suggestions will depend on if you wish to use it to learn, or to actually be productive on immediately or with very little effort.

    If you want to learn:
    Slackware
    Arch

    If you want fast productivity:
    Fedora
    openSUSE

    If you want an adventure:
    Free/Open/NetBSD
    OpenSolaris

    Virtualize a few first and pick what you wish. Good luck!

    If you want to learn:
    Slackware
    Arch
    Gentoo

    If you want fast productivity:
    Fedora
    openSUSE
    PCLinuxOS
    Mandriva

    If you want an adventure:
    Free/Open/NetBSD
    OpenSolaris
    JavaOS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JavaOS)

    Remember that:
    Learn=extreme performance and extreme flexibility
    Productivity=Something not to different from Ubuntu
    Adventure=Something cool you never knew about

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    Re: Which Linux distribution should I dual boot with Ubuntu?

    Wow, thank you all for your suggestions! I'll definitely try out some of the options you all suggested in the future.

    I've looked into some of the ones you guys suggested and I've sort of narrowed it down to openSUSE, Fedora, and Debian. Leaning mostly towards Fedora.

    Now, I'm just a casual user. I use computers for basic things like homework, web browsing, multimedia (music and videos), some basic video editing, chatting with friends on instant messenger (Pidgin and Skype), burning ISOs, and all that low maintenance stuff. I'm not a programmer or any of that stuff.

    I would love to try and learn new things, just a new software adventure you know? lol. I don't mind if things aren't user friendly initially, it's actually pretty fun figuring new things out, just as long as things aren't too complicated.

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    Re: Which Linux distribution should I dual boot with Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by gjoellee View Post
    If you want to learn:
    Slackware
    Arch
    Gentoo

    If you want fast productivity:
    Fedora
    openSUSE
    PCLinuxOS
    Mandriva

    If you want an adventure:
    Free/Open/NetBSD
    OpenSolaris
    JavaOS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JavaOS)

    Remember that:
    Learn=extreme performance and extreme flexibility
    Productivity=Something not to different from Ubuntu
    Adventure=Something cool you never knew about
    Could you explain what JavaOS and Mandriva are?

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    Re: Which Linux distribution should I dual boot with Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by JackieChan View Post
    Could you explain what JavaOS and Mandriva are?
    Mandriva is a version of Linux like Ubuntu in that it does everything for you leaving the user with a system which is production ready. Where it is different is that it uses KDE instead of GNOME.

    JavaOS is written almost completely in Java, vs others which usually use C.
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    Re: Which Linux distribution should I dual boot with Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by smartboyathome View Post
    JavaOS is written almost completely in Java, vs others which usually use C.
    Isn't JavaOS defunct these days?

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    Re: Which Linux distribution should I dual boot with Ubuntu?

    I recommend Arch or Slackware. They both will teach you more about Linux then installing something like Fedora, OpenSuse,or Mandriva.
    Mint is almost identical to Ubuntu. There is some new code in it but everything added is to make the users life easier so you will learn nothing.
    If you want something difficult, you could try Gentoo or Linux From Scratch but they will probably just cause you headaches.

    BSDs/Solaris are not linux but good choices as they are UNIX systems. The version of OpenSolaris I tried didn't have that great hardware support but I believe it has become much better. BSD is nice but it isn't for me.

    Zenwalk may be something to consider. It doesn't require as much configuration to get running as Slackware but it is Slackware based. It generally runs fast and has a nice Xfce interface.

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    Re: Which Linux distribution should I dual boot with Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by C!oud View Post
    Isn't JavaOS defunct these days?
    Accoding to the linked article, JavaOS has been defunct according to Sun since 2006.
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    Re: Which Linux distribution should I dual boot with Ubuntu?

    I installed Mint 6 along with Ubuntu 8.10. Mint is better. Never could get 8.10 to show a commercial video right out of the box. Mint 6 does show videos right out of the box. The only issue so far is no webcam with Mint or Ubuntu. Still got techie stuff you need to do.

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    Re: Which Linux distribution should I dual boot with Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sorivenul View Post
    If you want an adventure to commit suicide:
    Free/Open/NetBSD
    OpenSolaris
    I fixed your typo.

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    Re: Which Linux distribution should I dual boot with Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant A. View Post
    I fixed your typo.
    The end result of the "adventure" can be determined by each user. If that is your end result, you have my sympathy.
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