Originally Posted by alenfromcroatia
I' m really not that new to Linux on my Nokia N900 but I'm new to the desktop PC versions.
What Linux distros would be perfect for someone that wants a lightweight OS with a nice UI?
I can't really seem to find any useful info around the net and I've been using Win7 for a lot of time.
I'm bored with it TBH, I need something better than that. It will have to be a dualboot then when I need to run some apps or games that aren't supported in Linux. And that's the biggest issue, do Adobe's programs work in Linux? I use Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.
I also want to use Fruity Loops Studio, Virtual DJ, Cinema 4D and some other programs. And what about MS Office?
Are there any good but free programs? I mainly need programs like Office and Powerpoint.
That's mostly it, I'm sorry if I'm boring but you all know some of this stuff in the back of your head probably.
I think the best thing to do is get yourself a copy of unetbootin for windows (unetbootin.sourceforge.net) head on over to distrowatch.com download a few Livedisk ISOs, use unetbootin to make a bootable USB stick and have a play, see which distro likes your hardware.
The easiest way to dualboot I've found is buy another HDD if you have the space / tower case.
I'm a user of Kubuntu myself, and have been for 5 years or so, it's my primary OS.
For office software, I use LibreOffice (libreoffice.org) it serves my purposes well.
Image editing is handled by GIMP and darktable (darktable.org)
Music production is not something I have got involved with, but linux-sound.org might have what you are after.
Looking for an alternative to Cinema4D, blender (blender.org) has been suggested, the last rendering program I used was on my Amiga A1200 called LightWave 5.0 (God I'm old)