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I had desire to get out/stop using Windows and I hated working on it everyday I worked for more than a decade........ My option to go for was Mac which is might expensive!!......

I tried ubuntu, Hated it for used interface plus it got into habit of crashing on my machine

Tried Mint, but could not get it to start working on my machine

(my work has been on Adobe-CS, and I cannot do without a system where I can open my old files...... came to know of inkscape, gimp and scribus and tried them on my windows OS, liked them (specially, inkscape and scribus what a great softwares!!)

Last I came to know of Mandriva, tried installing on dual boot first and failed miserably........ but, I was pissed with my Windows enough to take a plunge into unknown, so backed up my entire data and installed Mandriva as solo system...... it was not easy by any means, had to format my HD trice because of trial and error of learning period that I was in!!

But I managed and I am very happy with it, just wondering if there is any other linux distro that might be handy (equally, if not better) for me......... two features that i like in Mandriva and are of help will be option to use windows fonts as they are, most of classic fonts as available!! and its Gnome interface and these two options I think I cannot do without!!

based on this, is there a distro that I can try??....... heard of PCLinux-Gnome but they have stopped supporting it!!


  • mfillpot
    mfillpot Posts: 2,177
    Have you looked at ubuntu studio yet? http://ubuntustudio.org/
  • Have tried bubuntu before, its not for me.... thanks anyway

    saying so as a serious designer into corporate communication

    I will rather lean towards Mint or PCLinux (gnome version of it is out of business, unfortunately)
  • mfillpot
    mfillpot Posts: 2,177
    Then based off of your initial post Mint sounds like your best option because it includes many of the things you need.

    Can you please tell me what happened with Mint that makes you say it did not work?
  • Mint was a choice of Linux, but that was before I came to know about Mandriva...... two things went against it

    1. I does not come with most of the softwares I want to use...... you need to download them as and when needed

    2. It does not support Windows fonts....... getting into searching fonts, comparing them, finalizing them and getting you machine ready with proper choice of fonts on it is a big bitch for any serious designer....... I enjoyed the flexibility given by Mandriva to use windows fonts (TTF) by right clicking and installing them

    There is not other distro that offers this flexibility, you can well understand importance of issue if I maintain the library of 2500 fonts and increasing the collection when I find a good font!!

    one of my friend is into trying new distro's, he faced crashing problem with ubuntu...... others he liked, but in his words "other distro's are good cars, but Mandriva is Porsche!!"
  • Mint I tried before Mandriva, and was trying to get it install on dual boot....... it wont just install on dual boot on my machine, and I was very worried about font system, and than I found Mandriva, problem solved and Mint went out of window!!
  • mfillpot
    mfillpot Posts: 2,177
    Then in that case Mandriva is probably your best option because they license the fonts from the users.

    What kind of problems were experiences when you tried to set it up for dual-boot, such as error message or system actions that made it "fail miserably"?
  • with ubunty, dual boot did happen, but it crashed

    Mint, did not install on dual boot at all..... no error message, no message at all rather, it just did not install....... I even left it on overnight twice, wont move
  • mfillpot
    mfillpot Posts: 2,177
    Yukti Communication wrote:
    with ubunty, dual boot did happen, but it crashed

    Mint, did not install on dual boot at all..... no error message, no message at all rather, it just did not install....... I even left it on overnight twice, wont move

    With mint, did you verify the ISO image before it was burned or try to burn a new copy for installation disk?
  • downloaded it twice!!.... and from different locations
  • mfillpot
    mfillpot Posts: 2,177
    Without corruption to blame it is hard to understand the issue since mint it ubuntu re-branded with some additional packages. Does anyone else have any ideas as to why Mint would not work on his computer?


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