Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

42 posts


# 43004 15-Oct-2009 01:39
Send private message

im going to be formating my vista computer very soon and dont know alot about linux, i was thinking of changing to xp pro but can someone tell me which is better xp pro or linux and why?

Create new topic
8035 posts

Uber Geek


  # 264004 15-Oct-2009 01:56
Send private message

That's an open ended question, it depends on what you do with your computer and your level of tech savvy and a bunch of other things like whether you're the type of person who's willing to put effort into learning a different system and so on.

1054 posts

Uber Geek

  # 264007 15-Oct-2009 04:58
Send private message

Most distros are pretty easy to setup and use, things that will annoy you.

1) WPA2 wireless - password prompt issues

2) Running windows games, Wine/Cedega pretty easy to install and most games seem to run but occasional freezing and other little bugs, it just feels unstable.

Everything else is great, Open office can be used so you can still get access to word documents etc. Web browsing isnt a problem.

Speed, I find the linux box is alot quicker than the Windows box, Ubuntu 9.10 is getting there with boot times.

Ubuntu forums are usually pretty good for support.

Regular software updates.

Having said all that though I stopped at Ubuntu 8.04 for a fulltime desktop and have just tried 9.x onwards to see how it was all going. But due to the WPA2 password problem had to stop using Linux.

Have been running Linux on my desktop since Redhat 4 so its sad to say of late my Linux partition has been sitting gathering dust since I started using Windows 7.


1054 posts

Uber Geek

  # 264008 15-Oct-2009 04:59
Send private message

Another thing to mention if you want to try it for the first time go for a maintstream distro i.e. Ubuntu, Fedora....

4671 posts

Uber Geek


  # 264009 15-Oct-2009 06:56
Send private message

i'd vm it first before you blow away your old system.

I've been playing with it, have used a couple of linux server editions before but never desktop. Am trying to use it because it's memory requirements can be lower than windows. And there are a couple of things i have found.

Couldn't find a winamp replacement i was happy with.
Couldn't find a nice newsreader with google reader support.
And a couple of others. Thats not to say there were no audio players, and no news readers, there are plenty, its just a matter of wading through them to find one you like.

So i'd say have a play with it before you blow away your working system.

Previously known as psycik

OpenHAB: Gigabyte AMD A8 BrixOpenHAB with Aeotech ZWave Controller, Raspberry PI, Wemos D1 Mini, Zwave, Xiaomi Humidity and Temperature sensors and Bluetooth LE Sensors
Media:Chromecast v2, ATV4, Roku3, HDHomeRun Dual
Windows 10
Host (Plex Server/Crashplan): 2x2TB, 2x3TB, 1x4TB using DriveBender, Samsung 850 evo 512 GB SSD, Hyper-V Server with 1xW10, 1xW2k8, 2xUbuntu 16.04 LTS, Crashplan, NextPVR channel for Plex,NextPVR Metadata Agent and Scanner for Plex

1054 posts

Uber Geek

  # 264037 15-Oct-2009 09:42
Send private message

Like Psycik has said, there is an endless choice for some applications. Which is a good and a bad thing, good thing you can usually find something you like, bad too many choices some people get confused.

Linux is also can be customized alot... so if you like tinkering and changing things it can be alot of fun. Nowdays though I just use it for my LAMP server.

426 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 264040 15-Oct-2009 10:07
Send private message

I'm a fan of Mandriva Linux.  I've been using it for years with few problems.  I usually buy the PowerPack version (2010.0 will be out before the end of the year) because tit includes several non-GNU apps preconfigured, like Adobe Acrobat Reader, Flash, Java, various audio/video codec's etc.

Go here for details of the current 2009.1 PowerPack version.

Mandriva will give you a good first impression of Linux.

Go Hawks!
960 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 264127 15-Oct-2009 18:54
Send private message

davidcole: i'd vm it first before you blow away your old system.

+1  - Alternatives can include using a Live CD - your drive will be a limiting factor.

Couldn't find a winamp replacement i was happy with.

I assume that includes trying out XMMS - it's been more than 4 years since I've tried XMMS, but it "looked" pretty much the same as winamp.

And a couple of others. Thats not to say there were no audio players, and no news readers, there are plenty, its just a matter of wading through them to find one you like.

So i'd say have a play with it before you blow away your working system.

It really does boil down to whether you want to have a play - you can spend a lot of time getting things up and running "Just right".

The graphical environments have come a long way, and what I've seen of the latest openSuSE is definitely worth a go.



1283 posts

Uber Geek


  # 264135 15-Oct-2009 19:55
Send private message

I would advise to go with ubuntu/kubuntu because these are vary userfriendly and you wont get lost in settings and so on...

 that's how I edited mine a while ago and love using it :)

helping others at

42 posts


  # 266598 24-Oct-2009 20:14
Send private message

well mostly i just use my computer for surfn pages, keepn up with the news and streaming online videos, also i like to have my computer sharing media to my xbox 360 there is a very simple option to do that in windows media player, does linux have that option? and i love learning about new systems and tinkering around with my computers =P

BDFL - Memuneh
65320 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  # 266604 24-Oct-2009 20:32
Send private message

As said before, but worth mentioning again - if you don't know exactly what it will be just get a live CD (download the Ubuntu ISO and burn it for example) and start the system without installing it.

You will have the system running on Linux and you will see what works or not in terms of hardware on your PC.

Create new topic

Twitter and LinkedIn »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Netflix releases 21 Studio Ghibli works
Posted 22-Jan-2020 11:42

Vodafone integrates eSIM into device and wearable roadmap
Posted 17-Jan-2020 09:45

Do you need this camera app? Group investigates privacy implications
Posted 16-Jan-2020 03:30

JBL launches headphones range designed for gaming
Posted 13-Jan-2020 09:59

Withings introduces ScanWatch wearable combining ECG and sleep apnea detection
Posted 9-Jan-2020 18:34

NZ Police releases public app
Posted 8-Jan-2020 11:43

Suunto 7 combine sports and smart features on new smartwatch generation
Posted 7-Jan-2020 16:06

Intel brings innovation with technology spanning the cloud, network, edge and PC
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:54

AMD announces high performance desktop and ultrathin laptop processors
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:42

AMD unveils four new desktop and mobile GPUs including AMD Radeon RX 5600
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:32

Consolidation in video streaming market with Spark selling Lightbox to Sky
Posted 19-Dec-2019 09:09

Intel introduces cryogenic control chip to enable quantum computers
Posted 10-Dec-2019 21:32

Vodafone 5G service live in four cities
Posted 10-Dec-2019 08:30

Samsung Galaxy Fold now available in New Zealand
Posted 6-Dec-2019 00:01

NZ company oDocs awarded US$ 100,000 Dubai World Expo grant
Posted 5-Dec-2019 16:00

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.