Hi, here's my first post
Altough i am a noob at linux, i've managed to install an use Ubuntu Edgy and Hardy Heron, there was a time i tried to install Gentoo but it was too much for me; right now i am using Unbutu 8.04 (Hardy) but i am one of the many that go unlucky and have a series of bugs that are related to that release, one of those issues are unstability on some apps and in general and since my personal pc is also my 'production' pc, i use it for work at the office or wherever i need to go to and also for fun, so is a dual purpose machine hehe. Due to many unstability issues i decide to try another distro that maybe would let me do my job smoothly and also would let me have some fun.
Let me explain a little what i do and be very specific and maybe that way you could point me into the best distro for me, of course i just don't expect you to know if some apps work or not, but maybe i find someone who use them and could give me some testimony hehe:
A ) As a BASIS consultant (SAP) my daily tasks are:
- Connect trough SAP GUI to SAP R/3 servers. I currently use SAP PlatinGUI for JAVA (SAP GUI for JAVA). Works well with ubuntu.
- Use SAP Download Manager. Works well with ubuntu.
- Connect via Remote Desktop to give support and supervise Windows 200x servers activity, during this RDP sessions i may need to open command prompt window to run some ORACLE (or any other DB) admin activities that run specifically under that environment and do not have windows gui admin software. Also during this sessions may run ORACLE, SQL or any other DB windows based admin. software. Works with some bugs, like command prompt windows do not scroll automatically, i need to scroll the last bit manually or i won't be able to see the line to write a sentence, this is very annoying
- Connect to unix/linux servers. right now i am dual booting with xp so i can use putty to do this, since i do not know what to use under linux to connect the same way. Any suggestions would be well received.
- Connect to VPN's, mainly pptp.
B ) Also while working or under normal leisure circunstances i:
- Listen to music using Amarok. Very unstable right now with Ubuntu Hardy, sometimes sound dies and needs reboot. any suggestions would be good, i heard of some player called banshee or something like that on Suse.
- Read / Write emails on thunderbird.
- Browse the internet, mainly on Firefox or Opera.
- View online videos and animations either they are on youtube, made with flash/dreamweaver, etc.
- Use IM. Right now i use pidgin when i need to be connected to all my msn and gmail accounts; but i use aMSN when i just need to be connected with one msn account. Both of them very unstable on Ubuntu Hardy.
- Write / Read documents, whter they are pdf (with or without acrobat), text, spreadsheets or presentations or slides. almost all of them on office 200x format.
- Do some minor image editing, mainly screenshots of problems, cut some photos, maybe adding some text, nothing complicated. I use Gimp since it is light and versatile. Currently no problem under Ubuntu Hardy.
C ) Leisure:
- Play World of Warcraft trough Wine. The only thing that runs perfectly under Ubuntu Hardy lol.
- Surely play Diablo III when it comes out!!.
Based on that i need a distro that:
1.- Is Very stable under heavy workload while multitasking.
2.- Has a Desktop fully compatible with Sun Java Runtime Environment 1.4 and above (needed for SAP GUI for JAVA). I'm thinking on trying KDE since i already used Gnome with Ubuntu, but if the distro let me choose between them both it would be perfect.
3.- Has a good multimedia player like Amarok but stable.
4.- Presents a way to see animations and videos correctly (youtube, flash, dreamweaver, etc.)
5.- Has the capabilities to get some virtualization software, kinda like Virtual PC, i want to run XP (or maybe vista) with Office 2007 (i can't get used to Open Office sorry hehehehe) altough i do not care if it is a bit slower than usual. Please recommend any good software for this since i was not able to run Office 2007 with Wine.
6.- Let me run World of Warcraft under Wine.
7.- If i have to work my way trough and learn some or a lot of things i do not mind, but at least that could let me do most things 'out-of-the-box' or at least with little work.
I really really appreciate all the help, every comment is welcome.
Oops my bad, i never told you what pc i use:
Dell XPS m1710
Core 2 Duo T7400 2.16Ghz.
2GB DDR2 667mhz
Geforce 7900GS 256MB (not shared, they are dedicated) 1920 x 1200.
100GB 7200rpm HDD
Intel 3945ABG wifi + bluetooh
5 in 1 media card reader
Dual Layer DVD R/RW