Linux - DistributionsThis forum is for Distribution specific questions.
Red Hat, Slackware, Debian, Novell, LFS, Mandriva, Ubuntu, Fedora - the list goes on and on...
Note: An (*) indicates there is no official participation from that distribution here at LQ.
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
Well if you download and burn Kubuntu you can try it as a live CD before you install it. Then, should you decide to install it, you would have avoided the dependency problems of openSuse and the stability problems of Mandriva. You would also have access to the largest and easiest-to-install software repository. So I guess you can see which way I would jump!
I agree with reddazz regarding distribution choice--try them all.
Regarding speed, Mandriva 2007 is the fastest booting distro I have yet encountered. Once you are at the desktop, they are all pretty much the same when running the same desktop environment.
Regarding everything working--well that depends on your particular hardware. For example, I am not aware of any distribution that does a great job of running wireless out of the box, especially if WPA encryption is involved--unless you go back to retail SUSE 10.0. Most stumble on laptop hardware as well, although I think Kubuntu has the edge there--especially if you use the alternate install CD. Playing commercial DVDs is problematic out of the box with most distributions, as is running 3D applications, since ATI and Nvidia's drivers are proprietary and not readily available in non-commercial Linux distributions.
This is the distro I use and recommend, Why because it works right out of the box. No need to configure Everything, everything just works. It also comes as a 1 CD install that is a live CD that you can install later if you wish.