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Old 07-31-2005, 10:58 PM   #1
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Is Linux right for you/which distro quiz? Anyone up for it?


I have done a bit of light web designing, but I'm no web guru. Any gurus out there interested in this project or know of a project like this? I'd be willing to help with the project any way I can.

I'm thinking there should be a website where you can answer a bunch of questions (drop-down menus, radio buttons, checkboxes, and the like), and after you hit "Submit," you can find out whether Linux is right for you and what would be the most appropriate distros for you to try.

Some questions might be:

Do you have a Hotmail or Yahoo email account? Are you willing to give them up? Are you willing to check them only through a web browser?
Do you have a dial-up connection or broadband?
Do you have a CD burner?
How much money do you spend on software?
Would you/do you play any of the following games?

That sort of thing.
Any takers? Or does this already exist?
 
Old 07-31-2005, 11:48 PM   #2
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Um, can someone answer... even if it's to say "I don't think that'd be worth doing"?
 
Old 08-01-2005, 01:29 AM   #3
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Sounds like a good idea. Just make it VERY elaborate. Do some research on different distributions, find their weak points and strong points. Good luck though.
 
Old 08-01-2005, 03:06 AM   #4
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You mean something like this:
"Which distro for you? A test to determine which distro to try out for your x86 based desktop."
http://eedok.voidofmind.com/linux/chooser.html

or here:
"Linux Distribution Chooser"
http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/index.php

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Old 08-01-2005, 08:47 AM   #5
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Yes, exactly like those! Thanks for the links. By the way, I took both quizzes, and the second one was far more on target--it got the exact two distros I use as the top two.

What about an "Is Linux right for you?" quiz? The closest I could find was this:
http://www.okcupid.com/tests/take?te...56069745807567

and it said I was a Windows user, even though I got 18/20 questions correct...

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Old 08-01-2005, 09:15 AM   #6
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Hi,
And I advise you to post it on all the Windows forums you can find !
 
Old 08-01-2005, 12:35 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally posted by aysiu
Yes, exactly like those! Thanks for the links. By the way, I took both quizzes, and the second one was far more on target--it got the exact two distros I use as the top two.

What about an "Is Linux right for you?" quiz? The closest I could find was this:
http://www.okcupid.com/tests/take?te...56069745807567

and it said I was a Windows user, even though I got 18/20 questions correct...

Ok that test is stupid. It said I had 20/20 and still said I was a windows user. Of the other two links one said try Knoppix and the other said Ubuntu not bad as they are both Debian.
 
Old 08-01-2005, 12:53 PM   #8
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I took the first two tests and I got reccommended gentoo, Arch, EvilEntity(?), Slackware, and LFS, though I'm actually planning on migrating my main machine to FreeBSD when I get the chance. These two are not bad, at least they get the jist of the sort of OS I prefer

The last test was rubbish, apparently I'm a Windows user, which is true, I use Windows on occasion but my main computers all run a *nix, maybe because I said I would rather get off my backside and plug the mouse back if it fell out, or because I answered 'huh?' to how many dockapps I use because there wasn't an option '0'.
 
Old 08-01-2005, 02:07 PM   #9
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well the distro things got me right both times, I'm a proud Gentoo User. AS for gettin 24 and being a windows user!
 
Old 08-01-2005, 02:36 PM   #10
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Well, from now on when newbies say, "Which distro should I choose?" I'm going to post that second link (the one that worked for me). The last link that says everyone is a Windows user sucks. We need a replacement for that one.
 
Old 08-16-2005, 02:02 PM   #11
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The first said Debian for me

The second said Ubuntu

I happen to like my FC4
 
Old 08-16-2005, 02:32 PM   #12
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The first said Debian for me

The second said Ubuntu

I happen to like my FC4
Have you tried Debian or Ubuntu? What did you not like about them? Just because you like FC4, it doesn't mean Debian may not be a better choice for you.

Also the test has this disclaimer: "Please remember that this is not a scientific test, but a fairly 'rough' test, to help aid newcomers in finding a distribution to use." It isn't meant to say, "This is your distro forever. Ha ha ha! You must use this, or you're not fulfilling your destiny." It's just giving newcomers a sensible place to begin looking, since so many people come on this forum, and say, "Hey what distro should I use?"

And, if you have suggestions for how to improve the quiz, you can email them to this address:

ldc@zegeniestudios.net

From what I've read on Mepislovers, the Zegenie Studios people seem pretty open to suggestions.

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Old 08-16-2005, 04:22 PM   #13
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Re: Is Linux right for you/which distro quiz? Anyone up for it?

Quote:
Originally posted by aysiu
Do you have a Hotmail or Yahoo email account? Are you willing to give them up? Are you willing to check them only through a web browser?
I (still) have a hotmail account, might give it up - getting sick of all the spam - but not because of linux, and the only thing I do differently from when I used windows is I no longer have messenger, but substituted it with gaim... I don't see the difference

Quote:

Do you have a dial-up connection or broadband?
Do you have a CD burner?
I have dial-up and a cd burner, but even if I didn't have either, every linux distro I have tried come on a cd or dvd with a magazine and for my occasional updates and additional packages dial-up is more than adequate.

Quote:

How much money do you spend on software?
never spent a dime on windows (should I be saying this?) which is why I switched to linux in the first place - as long as I want it free it might as well be legal!

Quote:

Would you/do you play any of the following games?
So far the only question that could make a difference

linmix
 
Old 08-16-2005, 05:21 PM   #14
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Have you tried Debian or Ubuntu? What did you not like about them? Just because you like FC4, it doesn't mean Debian may not be a better choice for you.
funny you should mention that

i have a xandros/ubuntu disk, when i tried to install it, all i saw was xandros, with no option of the ubuntu

i was wondering if anyone know how i could bypass the xandros and install ubuntu from it

but basically, i am happy with fc4, except for the whole java setup thing, i installed it and it messed up my second language in firefox and thunderbird

so i use opera for java sites
 
Old 08-16-2005, 05:37 PM   #15
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i have a xandros/ubuntu disk, when i tried to install it, all i saw was xandros, with no option of the ubuntu

i was wondering if anyone know how i could bypass the xandros and install ubuntu from it
What's a Xandros/Ubuntu disk? As far as I know, they always come separately. Maybe you have just a Xandros disk.
 
  


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