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Pethegreat VIP Member

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#1 12 years ago

I have some questions about open source/freeware software.

I have put together a computer, and I am too cheap for Windows Vista. I want to use Linux on the computer. What would be the most user friendly version for someone who has used windows since they were 6 years old?

This computer is going to be used primarily as a giant music player. What is the best free music player application for Linux? I would like if it has built in support for FLAC(free loss less audio codec)

I am looking for an MP3 player. I have never had one, so I am clueless about what makes a good MP3 player. I am looking for one that supports FLAC and has a capacity of 20gb or more. Can anyone recommend me one?

I am having trouble fitting a PCI sound card into a PCI slot while attaching to the case. The card is an M-audio audiophile series card(about $200) I have an ASUS AV8-XE motherboard in a cheap ATX case from rosewill. I managed to fit an x1650 into the PCI-E slot with no problem.

I will check back in a few days, and I may have a power supply question.

I would hang around, but the last time I did that I lost 2 years of my life and have 11,000 posts for it=p.




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#2 12 years ago
Pethegreat I have put together a computer, and I am too cheap for Windows Vista. I want to use Linux on the computer. What would be the most user friendly version for someone who has used windows since they were 6 years old?

I would say probably Ubuntu.




marvinmatthew

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#3 12 years ago

Yup. Ubuntu is the way to go. It comes with a music player/manager preinstalled.

As far as an MP3 player, iPods are probably the easyist to use, but they don't support FLAC (there lossless audio codec is 'Apple Lossless).




masked_marsoe VIP Member

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#4 12 years ago

Ubuntu.

But Fedora wouldn't be too hard either. I used Fedora 5, and it had quite a strong XP feel.

And I use Exaile for my music player, and love it.




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#5 12 years ago

I gotta agree with above, Unbuntu. I am losing what little faith I have had in Microsoft and have been playing with Ubuntu 7.04

I can get all my music to play no problem and can get my fan subbed anime to play video but cant get sound to play. I blame it on my total lack of experience with Linux.

If only more games would be released for Linux I would drop Vista in a heartbeat.




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#6 12 years ago

So, how easy is it for a Windows user to use Linux, cause I recently downloaded Ubuntu 7.04 and I was going to start playing around with it today.

And for MP3 players, I have an iRiver that's been good to me for a over a year now. Or Creative Zens have always been nice, but I've never heard and have no idea of FLAC, so I'm no help on whether they have it.




marvinmatthew

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#7 12 years ago

What's nice about Ubuntu (as well as several other Linux distrobutions) is that once you burn the OS to a cd, you can take it for a trial run. You can actually run the OS from the cd without having to install it on your hard drive.




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#8 12 years ago
marvinmatthew;3867241You can actually run the OS from the cd without having to install it on your hard drive.

So is it designed as some sort of sub system? I thought you could only run one OS at a time on a PC? Obviously if you run it from disc and don't put it on the HD you have to have some other OS running. Does that other OS have to be Linux as well?




masked_marsoe VIP Member

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#9 12 years ago

The Ubuntu Live CD isn't really a sub system like that. It simply uses the RAM and the CD to boot up and run.

It works in the same way you would boot up normally, but from CD/flash/floppy rather than hard drive.




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#10 12 years ago
>Omen<;3867313So is it designed as some sort of sub system? I thought you could only run one OS at a time on a PC? Obviously if you run it from disc and don't put it on the HD you have to have some other OS running. Does that other OS have to be Linux as well?

The system boots from the CD; you don't run it from inside Windows.




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