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Post is unread #1 May 26, 2006, 2:49 pm   Last edited May 26, 2006, 2:51 pm by Halcyon
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Can anybody here recommend a decent, stable, and easy-to-use Linux distro? (Assuming there is one, I have no idea.) Like... Easy for an idiot to use. The idiot's Linux. I don't consider myself an idiot, but considering I've tried a few distros and couldn't get them to do half of what I wanted for the *life of me*, I'm hoping somebody has a suggestion.

Preferably, if at all possible, something that would take to my Linksys Wireless USB Adapter without too much trouble. Fedora gave me no end of trouble when I tried getting it to even acknowledge its existence.

Please, keep in mind: My knowledge of Linux is just enough to grep, use GDB, and some other basic functions. I have no idea what I'm doing.

Edit: All I really want to do is run my code through Valgrind. When I tried to do this with Fedora, well... Yeah, I couldn't even get the code to compile. It might have been how I got the code to the drive that had Fedora on it, which was using Ext2fs or something like that under Windows XP. If you've got any advice on a better way to do that, by all means, share that as well. :smile:
       
Post is unread #2 May 26, 2006, 3:14 pm
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Ubuntu and SuSE are two very popular desktop distributions. I personally use SuSE, and it tends to have better hardware support. But many like ubuntu because it is simpler/cleaner.
       
Post is unread #3 May 26, 2006, 3:17 pm
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On another note, you don't have to use linux to check for memory leaks. You can download Visual C++ Express Edition at Microsoft's website - it has a very intuitive GUI debugger.
       
Post is unread #4 May 26, 2006, 5:37 pm
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I actually own a legal copy of Visual Studio 2005 SE. That doesn't help, though, because the code's not compatible with the Microsoft Windows platform, as it uses a lot of *NIX native functionality.
       
Post is unread #5 May 27, 2006, 9:16 am
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Meh, nevermind. I give up on Linux. Honestly. I guess I'm just too stupid for it. Every time I gain an inch with it, I lose a mile. Oh well.
       
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