You could also use Dolphin or some other file manager. But in general just go to your favorite terminal emulator and type "cd path/to/music" (cd = change directory) and then use "ls" (ls = list contents).
I used Fedora years ago. I'm sure it is a lot different now! I always like Suse, but I'm sure it's different, too. I've been enjoying Xubuntu these days. It's common place that I have completely forgotten about Windows!
Gentoo is a little more hardcore. There is a nice package manager for arch and there is the Arch Users Repository (AUR - at least thats what I think AUR stands for) which packages a lot of things up that aren't in the base repos.
When you install arch you're left with just the command line and the base tools (you don't even get Xorg by default). But you don't need to compile the kernel or compile everything from source if you don't want to. It's lightweight and a pretty fun distro to use in general.
I wouldn't say that xmonad is only nice with a huge screen. The defaults aren't that great for smaller screens but it's highly customizable and you can do some pretty awesome stuff with it. But then again you need to know a little bit of haskell to customize it. But it's not too bad to pick up.
I think i3 is alright. I think I actually preferred wmii but I remember having some problems with wmii at one point. But that might have been on arch and I might not have got it installed right.
I take possession of a new desktop on Friday. 8GB HD and 12GB RAM.
I am still using Ubuntu 11.10 (only 2D version) - should I stick with Ubuntu or is there a better distro for personal desktops? Considering Linux Mint, but I think open suse just released a new version.
I need something in the beginner /intermedite capability range. Arch is not an option for me.It looks like a nightmare to install!!
Hey Dason, thanks for the arch link. Soundsl like a project for a rainy weekend.As for the specs, I think the selllermust have written them down wrong. I haven't seen it, but Im getting it very very cheaply because the owner has gone ipad, i everything.
I am running 2D becasue my old but not crappy laptop hasn't got the graphics card to run it properly!
With the new one I manily want to use it for my photography, but with that much RAM I guess the world is my oyster.
Ah! Sorry - I read that as "I am planning on using Ubuntu 11.10 (only 2D version)" for some reason.
It wouldn't hurt to try something else out. Ubuntu is by far the easiest to install and use. Fedora is a close second though! Either way I would suggest giving Gnome-Shell a try as I much prefer it to Unity (although Unity was ok I guess). With that said on my Linux laptop at the moment I'm running Ubuntu 10.04. The power regression was killing my battery life and I missed Gnome2 so downgrading to the Long Term Service release made sense to me. I guess I'll see what 12.04 is like when it comes out but I like 10.04.
The thing I like about xubuntu is I get all the great Ubuntu strength in an OS but a lightweight footprint. Now, that's good since I'm low on resources, but I'd probably still have a pretty slim system even if I had a ton of resources! I could commit more of it to things like processing power and games
If I were to play with another system, I'd probably go with Gentoo, but I guess Arch would make just as fun a project.
Well I've never used it, so I don't know how much I would like it, but Gentoo is designed to be compiled from scratch. You build everything. Thus, it is optimized for the system on which you built it. It also uses the Portage package management system, which is supposed to be really good. Though, to be honest, I've learned to love the Debian based one. But like I alluded to, Arch has a similar philosophy on building up your own system, and I've heard good things about it.
I run Xubuntu at home. I started off with Ubuntu 2D because my system is old (single core, oh noes!!). Turned out I was perfectly comfortable with the xubuntu desktop, so I converted over to that and have been happy since. It's breathed a couple more years of life into my computer, which is good since I can't afford anything new until I get a new job.