For the last 6 months, I've been on Ubuntu for my main Linux system. Now ubuntu's great and all, but it has some weaknesses. The repos suck big time (I've had to manually install some software to get the latest versions), and at least for me, the graphics card drivers need some work.
So, I'm looking for a new distro. I have a few discs of older versions of other distros at home (as included with the Linux Bible 2008), but apart from Ubuntu/Kubuntu, they all lack drivers for one of these two:
- My Graphics Card (ATI Radeon HD 3650 laptop version)
- My Wireless Network Card (Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g)
Which leads to no GUI, or no internet, which isn't good enough. I'm hoping the newer versions have the nessecary drivers, but I can't download them all to try out as my internet connection sucks.
Also, even Ubuntu can't use my card reader (the Ricoh model included in Dell Studio 17 laptops), so I don't need the distro to have it, but it is nice
So what I'm looking for is a distro with:
- Good repos with a wide range of packages that are updated to new versions when the new one comes out (as opposed to Ubuntu's only security updates between releases).
- Good number of drivers.
- A LiveCD
Before Ubuntu, I had used PCLinuxOS on my old PC, but even the latest version of that lacks the drivers for my wireless network card.