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Old 08-09-2006, 07:27 AM   #1
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i am totally fedup with xp's reliability i am totally new in linux from what i have read is that mandrake is the easiest for a idiot like me.My pc is mainly used for (music 200gig, existing office,dvd burning musicmatch and xp,80gig, dvd's 200gig)and a sony dual layer dvd recorder.I am open for suggestions on which linux to use with the neccary software for burning dvd, cd and mp3 ripper ect.

further is it true that linux is less attacked by virusses and spyware, if so suggest programs to download


thanx

chrisvis@mailbox.co.za
 
Old 08-09-2006, 07:49 AM   #2
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i think too many forum with the same topic, please go to search necessary forum.
 
Old 08-09-2006, 08:21 AM   #3
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Hello Chris.

You might have been better off posting this in the newbies section of the forum. (and in fact there are already a number of discussions in there that cover much of the same ground)

But never mind... since I'm here, I'll give you a quick answer anyway

Firstly, the name "Mandrake" no longer exists; it's been replaced by "Mandrivia", for complicated legal reasons. If the sites you're reading say 'Mandrake', they're either out of date or badly informed, and either way you don't really want to be taking them as your main source of advice.

Mandrivia is still a good distribution, and is aimed as being easy to set up and use. Personally, I never really liked it, but plenty of others do, so it's probably worth giving it a go.

The other real options you have as a complete beginner are:
  • Suse, which is extremely easy to install and set up. It can be a bit fiddly if you want to do some more advanced stuff, but that shouldn't worry you for now.
  • Ubuntu (or Kubuntu), which is fairly new but has gained a huge following in a very short space of time because it's so very friendly. It has a very large and very beginner-friendly community, and it's also based in South Africa, so it'll probably score points with you for that as well (judging by your ZA email address).
You may also want to look up Fedora, and a few others too.

Final piece of advice: Try more than one distro. Even though they all share practially all the same software, they all feel different to use, and in the end it really does boil down to a matter of personal preference. I know it's a pain try more than one operating system, but it's worth it if it helps you find the perfect distro for you.

All the best with it.

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Old 08-09-2006, 08:58 AM   #4
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i am totally fedup with xp's reliability i am totally new in linux from what i have read is that mandrake is the easiest for a idiot like me.
Don't talk about yourself that way.
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Originally Posted by CHRISVIS
My pc is mainly used for (music 200gig, existing office,dvd burning musicmatch and xp,80gig, dvd's 200gig)and a sony dual layer dvd recorder.I am open for suggestions on which linux to use with the neccary software for burning dvd, cd and mp3 ripper ect.
All of this is easily done with Linux.

If you want to try Linux and be able to revert to your old setup, try Knoppix. Download the iso and burn it to CD/DVD. It runs straight off the disc. When you're done testing it, you can eject the disc and reboot into your old setup.

You can get a Knoppix iso here:

http://www.knoppix.org/

For burning CDs and DVDs, I highly recommend a program called K3B.

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further is it true that linux is less attacked by virusses and spyware, if so suggest programs to download
Yes it is true on both counts. There is no spyware for Linux. Viruses are extremely rare. I've been running Linux for almost 7 years without any anti-virus protection.

HTH
 
Old 08-09-2006, 09:16 AM   #5
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start with any of the free distros--and maybe install several if you have room.

Ubuntu, Fedora, open SUSE are the most popular.
 
Old 08-09-2006, 10:29 AM   #6
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in Linux Newbie and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
 
Old 08-09-2006, 08:59 PM   #7
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chrisVIS,

try the Linux Distro Chooser:

http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/

My personal reccomendations are as follows:

Kubuntu
http://www.kubuntu.org/

PCLinuxOS

http://www.pclinuxonline.com/pclos/html/download.html

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.

BeatrIX
http://www.watsky.net/download.html

OPENSUSE
http://www.opensuse.org/Download

Mephis
http://www.mepis.org/

hope this helps,

Jake
 
Old 08-09-2006, 09:48 PM   #8
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PCLinuxOS is a really good choice for those just migrating from Linux, since it comes with a motherload of software from the get-to (unless you download the MiniME version, then you can create your own LiveCD). All proprietary media formats (both music and video) can be played except for .wma. You get utilities for basically everything, and nothing really needs to be configured. You have read access to Windows partitions and all that stuff; I just wish there were a GNOME version.
 
  


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