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    Alternative "set up and go" distro?

    I use Arch on my main PC, but I'm going to install a Linux distro on my laptop and I don't want a distro that I have to set up manually like Arch. I was going to use Ubuntu since that is what I got started with Linux on, but since I'm starting fresh on this PC then maybe I could try something else. Any suggestions?

    I'm looking for a distro that is quick and easy to set up with sane defaults, a decently sized repository, and doesn't take much time to maintain. DE doesn't matter, but I do prefer KDE.

    Edit: I forgot to mention that I need proprietary codecs (MP3, whatever else) and drivers (video card). If they aren't available in the standard repositories, then it shouldn't be too much work to set up non-free repos and grab them that way.

    So what should it be? Fedora, Mandriva, Suse, ... whatever else?

    Thanks
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    Re: Alternative "set up and go" distro?

    Fedora or Mandriva.

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    Re: Alternative "set up and go" distro?

    Ubuntu (including its cousin Kubuntu) is the ultimate "set up and go" distro--that is its main contribution to the Linux world. Since you are asking on the ubuntu forums, that would be my #1 recommendation for you.

    Another excellent KDE distro that will be quite familiar to (K)Ubuntu users is Sidux. While it is based on the "bleeding edge" of Debian, it actually is a surprisingly sane and stable distro (certainly no more likely to "break" than Arch).

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    Re: Alternative "set up and go" distro?

    Fedora

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    Re: Alternative "set up and go" distro?

    Quote Originally Posted by C!oud View Post
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    Re: Alternative "set up and go" distro?

    i just had to reinstall arch. i screwed up something and decided to give ubuntu a retry. couldn't take (in a "not for me" kind of way). so, i went back to arch. took twenty minutes at the most. (i'm just sayin'...)
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    Re: Alternative "set up and go" distro?

    Quote Originally Posted by chucky chuckaluck View Post
    i just had to reinstall arch. i screwed up something and decided to give ubuntu a retry. couldn't take (in a "not for me" kind of way). so, i went back to arch. took twenty minutes at the most. (i'm just sayin'...)
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    Re: Alternative "set up and go" distro?

    I like openSUSE and for me it has been a great get up and go distro. Fedora also works pretty well in this category.
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    Re: Alternative "set up and go" distro?

    Quote Originally Posted by chucky chuckaluck View Post
    i just had to reinstall arch. i screwed up something and decided to give ubuntu a retry. couldn't take (in a "not for me" kind of way). so, i went back to arch. took twenty minutes at the most. (i'm just sayin'...)
    Different distros for different purposes. I just don't want to have to update my laptop very often, or worry about something breaking (like the policykit problem on KDEmod last week) that may be fixable in a day, but I'd just rather not deal with it.

    I guess I'll probably just stick to Ubuntu. I haven't installed it anywhere since 7.10 anyway. I'll see how 9.04 is doing...

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