If you enjoy downloading and trying out various Linux “distros”, having a go with the “live CD” is a sure fire way to tell the sheep from the goats.
I booted up “OpenSuse 11.1”, live CD and it all worked out of the box. I have my laptop networked to the Desktop, and the Internet access worked from the live CD. Now, this is always a good sign…
Pity I don’t much like “OpenSuse”, the name reminds me of a girl I once had..
“Fedora-14-i686” sounds posh, but its more “Posh and Becks” than posh. I couldn’t get any internet access, no matter what I tried.
To get “Firefox” to work off a live CD, you may have to change the preferences. It is set to use “proxy settings” by default, and does not work if you configuration is not using a proxy.
Both Fedora and OpenSuse are GNOME distros. Neither of these has the “Crap font rendering” which bedevils Kubuntu. Under Kubuntu, some applications, such as “Libre Office” look terrible on the screen. It is possible to fix this, but you have got to do a bit of work…
Libre Office, which comes with Kubuntu, is a bit of a disappointment. The Windows version of the program is better. It has been alleged that there is no automatic subpixel smoothing included on Linux by default due to a patent infringement.
After installing new fonts, open a terminal window and enter the following:
sudo rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/10*
sudo dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig