2008-02-08 19:17:41 UTC
Hi, This is a perspective on maybe how a newcomer to the world of Linux
feels. (This newcomer is me).
I bought a new tower with Ubuntu pre-installed, but quickly tired of it.
Ubuntu works quite well, and is quite newbie-friendly, but somehow isn't
quite *there*. I cannot see the point of forks, e.g. Mint etc., and find
that most distro websites do not fully work, or are fighting amongst
So, the hunt was on for my perfect distribution. I haven't found it yet.
I have tried most mainstream distros and have actually bought two, but I
suspect I will have to just keep looking, hoping and waiting for *the one*.
I dislike Windows with a passion for many reasons, which is why I have begun
my search for alternatives.
I like both Gnome and KDE and do not play games.
I like integration (Kontact, Evolution)
I would like media supported out of the box
I would like out of the box support for my graphics card (Nvidia), but do
not need Compiz or Wow, just impressive, friendly community support.
I need stability.
I do not want a Mac. I do not want Windows. I am not afraid to learn, but
need to use one distro, and be productive as quickly as possible.
With all this in mind, what would the good people in COLA suggest I could
use, just in case I've missed *The one* (for me), and I truly believe that
there are a large number of people just waiting for *the one* for them,
When it comes, users will flock to Linux in droves. So please, all you
clever people, listen, don't fight, except for the cause: to give us
newcomers what we desperately need.