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Old 02-11-2006, 06:05 PM   #1
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Which is the best Linux distribution for Portable Computers?


Sorry or the stupid question....i know that probably it have been discussed 1000 times before but i am new to this forum and i am totally new to linux at all....thanks in advance.
 
Old 02-11-2006, 06:23 PM   #2
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The best distribution is the one that works and that works the way you want it to.

That may seem like an overly broad statement, but the reality is that there are over 100 distributions for a reason. Different people have different priorities, interests and requirements.

One place to start when considering installation on a portable computer is LinuxOnLaptops. Look up the machine that you're interested in, and see what distributions people have successfully installed on it.

Then head over to Distrowatch and read up on the characteristics of the distributions.

Form your own opinion, download, install. It costs only a little of your time, and you are guaranteed to learn something interesting along the way.
 
Old 02-14-2006, 12:46 AM   #3
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If you believe in the tenets of free software and are politically oriented, but still want an easy distribution to use, I suggest Ubuntu. If you don't mind paying money and just want stuff to work and want a windows-like experience, use Linspire or Xandros. For a distribution that gives you some user freedom and also user-friendliness, I think Mandriva is a good choice.

Personally I like Ubuntu the best, and it installs on most laptops without a problem.

--Amos
 
Old 02-14-2006, 01:17 PM   #4
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In my experience, suse 10 is the most polished distro out there. I think it maintains a good balance of ease of use without watering down the distro with windows like features.
 
Old 02-14-2006, 02:18 PM   #5
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On my laptop I have used Ubuntu/Kubuntu, Debian, Slackware, and Gentoo. I just played around until I found one I like (hard tie between slackware and gentoo). If you have no experiance with linux, then I would go with amosbatto's suggestion and give Ubuntu a shot. If you want to dive headfirst into the linux waters, then try slackware. But be warned, Slackware doesn't hold your hand.
 
Old 02-14-2006, 03:12 PM   #6
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As everyone has said, it all depends on what you want to do with it.

If you want the software to do most everything for you, Xandros or the Mandriva would be better for you.

If you want to do everythign youself, Arch/Gentoo/Slack is good.

Do some research.

Ultimately, every distro is compatible with all hardware that is Linux compatable, sometimes it just depends on what comes with the distro, and what you have to compile yourself.

What were you plamning on doing with the machine?
 
Old 02-14-2006, 09:21 PM   #7
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For a person who is new to linux, you need to figure out what you want to do with your notebook. Do you want to develop/watch movies/play games/surf the net? All of these things are possible with linux but as a beginner, Mandrake, Ubuntu, Fedora and Suse are good for getting started. Only my two cents worth since I am just a beginner as well trying to put Gentoo on my notebook.

Good Luck.
 
Old 02-14-2006, 11:42 PM   #8
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Gentoo might take some time to install at first, but you honestly learn more about Linux installing gentoo than using most distros for 6 months.
 
Old 02-15-2006, 01:05 AM   #9
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Gentoo might take some time to install at first, but you honestly learn more about Linux installing gentoo than using most distros for 6 months.
You are not kidding pal. I have learned a little more than I knew while snooping around with Mandrake, (before the name change) and Fedora. My brain has popped 150 times already. But it is coming along slowly. Thanks for the post.
 
Old 02-16-2006, 09:00 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the reply's guys :-) So basically I should try either Mandriva either Gentoo? OK can I ask another stupid question? I recently downloaded gentoo and I burned an ISO disk but when I tryied to install the OS from it nothing happened - there is no autoplay. I also tryied to boot from that CD but that didn't work aswell. Few months ago I installed Mandriva on one desktop PC just to see how it is and the installation was piece of cake :-) When I browse the CD with gentoo the only thing I can see is many many archives....no exe files Well I'm not even sure if there is such thing as exe file in linux :-D

Sombody asked me what are my plans to do with the notebook....well I am going to watch movies, listen to music, browsing internet, playing games aswell as basic office stuff like word, excel...nothing fancy :-P

Where can I find a good book - "Linux for beginners"? - either for Mandriva either for Gentoo...
 
Old 02-16-2006, 12:39 PM   #11
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Seriously, unless you want to spend a lot time setting this machine up, I would stay away from gentoo for a while. At least until you get a little more mileage. Gentoo is an awesome distro, but the learning curve can be a little steep. I would start with maybe fedora, suse, debian, or mandriva. IMHO. Good luck whatever you decide.
 
Old 02-16-2006, 02:27 PM   #12
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You won't go wrong with Ubuntu. After you play around with it a while, there'll always be the others to experiment with. Ubuntu was the only distribution to load the Intel Pro Wireless 2100 drivers for wifi during the installation - no other distro has the depth that Ubuntu has right now. With access to the Debian repositories, Ubuntu is on the path the rest of the Linux distributions need to find.
 
Old 02-16-2006, 03:31 PM   #13
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gentoo has about a 120 page install manual that you must follow if you wish to install it. Personally, I like Arch a bit better, it's easier to install, and you don't have to complile all of your software from source.

Mandriva would be a good place to start, although Ubuntu is also pretty good (I never liked it, couldn't geto ver sudo).
 
Old 02-16-2006, 11:00 PM   #14
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Seriously, unless you want to spend a lot time setting this machine up, I would stay away from gentoo for a while. At least until you get a little more mileage. Gentoo is an awesome distro, but the learning curve can be a little steep. I would start with maybe fedora, suse, debian, or mandriva. IMHO. Good luck whatever you decide.
I concur. If you just want a distro that works straight out of the box, then the choices above are more for you. Mandriva is a sure way for a new person to linux to get his/her feet wet. (Not calling you a her, just want to be PC if a female reads this post. We don't want to discourage the ladies from linux.) It works out of the box and is extremely user friendly.

As far as your question about the Gentoo .ISO, what did you download exactly? The universal or minimal install? Did you burn the image to disk or just wrote the image to disk? (There is a huge difference.) Any .ISO file you download from the net, (Linux related of course), you must
BURN the image to disk. Nothing more, nothing less. And one more thing to keep in mind. You said that you wanted to watch movies on your spanking brand new linux distro, once you get it installed. You will have to search and read about how to make your DVD's work with the application that comes with ANY linux distro. This forum has answers to other people's problems with that exact issue that you will have. So before asking the question and being flamed or ignored, search here in this forum or google. Check out the difference on that last link. It is a good one.

Good freaking luck if you are going to jump into Gentoo head first. It will take some time to get going. But then again, I don't know you, so it might not take you as long as others. (Like me.
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As far as a good book, there is nothing like the millions of pages on the internet. Gentoo is here, and Mandriva is here. Happy reading.
 
Old 02-17-2006, 09:09 AM   #15
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:-)

OK so I will skip gentoo for a while :-P Now what is the major difference between Mandriva and Suse? :-) I will install one of these two because everybody recomended that....wich one will work better on a portable mashine? Wich one is more windows-like :-P (without the crashing ofcource :-D )Thanks for the help guys, you're awesome




 
  


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