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  1. Jeff Blair

    Jeff Blair Second Unit

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    Ok, I have a couple of questions about Linux.
    First: What version would you recomend, and why? I have Red Hat 7.3 and Mandrake right now. Got to love the work T1. [​IMG]
    Second: I have been looking for a TiVo type program. I am going to make a HTPC, and would love to have that. I have found a couple of programs that will record, but I'm not sure if they are what I am looking for.
    Thanks for any help y'all.
     
  2. DonRoeber

    DonRoeber Screenwriter

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    How do you plan on using this linux system? I find that people like using Mandrake for desktop systems, and redhat for server systems.

    Personally, I've been playing with Debian on my laptop. But I'm a fairly experienced user, and Debian isn't meant for just getting started.

    I don't know of any Tivo like software packages for Linux. Have you tried looking over at freshmeat.net and sourceforge.net?
     
  3. Jeff Blair

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    I will most likely be doing both. I am trying to teach myself the server and desktop sides of Linux.
    I have a couple of programs that will record TV. But, I was hopeing for something that will do time shifting. I'll do some more digging. [​IMG]
     
  4. Glenn L

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    You might try this link.
    I was going to use it to set up a second "tivo" [​IMG], but the computer that has the TV tuner card in it has hardware problems, and I haven't gotten around to fixing it yet.
     
  5. Iain Lambert

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    Its worth noting that I (and a few others, from what I read on The Register) had almighty problems with the latest Mandrake version, 8.2. Mainly, the thing runs like molasses, but the version 2 KDE (3 is now out) and buggy-as-anything version of Mozilla make things worse. I've had much better success with either 8.0 Mandrake patched up to current, or SuSE 8.0. I've not tried Redhat in a while, since the last attempt trashed my Windows partition.
     
  6. Jeff Blair

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    I am going to be running it on a seperate PC. That way, I can wipe it if I have to, and not worry about it. I might put Red Hat on ther for a month or so, then try Mandrake. Glenn, thanks for the link. I think that might do it. I have seen some recording software, but that tells you how to set up a time to record. Now, if I could just get a GUI program guide. [​IMG]
     
  7. Mark Paquette

    Mark Paquette Supporting Actor

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    I'll throw my vote in for Red Hat 7.3. I tried Mandrake 8.2 before that. Mandrake seemed verrrrrryyyyy slooooowwww. It didn't appear buggy to me until I installed KDE 3.0 using the instructions from the Mandrake website. After that it was crash city. Kind of reminded me of Windows 95. Last week I downloaded and installed Red Hat 7.3. It includes a very stable version of KDE 3.0. So far Red Hat has been much more stable and just seems much more polished than Mandrake 8.2.
     
  8. Kimmo Jaskari

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    Coincidence! I just installed my secondary work computer with Redhat 7.3 today and couldn't be more pleased with it. I guess this OS has come a long way since the heady days of floppy distributions, when I last tinkered seriously with it... [​IMG]
    For what it's worth. I haven't installed any other distributions in quite some time, in other words, but RH 7.3 impressed me.
     

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