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Old 03-08-2005, 07:28 AM   #1
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Best Newbie Distro and how do i get linux-wlan to work


Hi, i was just wondering what is the best linux distro for a newbie, i have tried mandrakelinux 10.1 knoppix hd-install, linspire 4.5 (this one sucks), suse 9.1, and finally I'm using ubuntu. Thanks.

P.S also i need help trying to get linux-wlan to work

P.S.S I'm running a dell dimension 4400 p4 392MB ram and a 10GB hard drive for l
 
Old 03-08-2005, 07:38 AM   #2
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Re: Best Newbie Distro and how do i get linux-wlan to work

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Hi, i was just wondering what is the best linux distro for a newbie, i have tried mandrakelinux 10.1 knoppix hd-install, linspire 4.5 (this one sucks), suse 9.1, and finally I'm using ubuntu. Thanks.
Doesn't sound like you are that much of a newbie if you've installed all those distros.

SUSE and Mandrake are pretty good to get you rolling.

Wireless is a different beast. Good luck with it.
 
Old 03-08-2005, 08:55 AM   #3
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Fedora Core 3 is a excellent newbie distro. It has a graphical installer and still gives you alot of power if you need it.
 
Old 03-08-2005, 10:16 AM   #4
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Suse 9.2.. good hardware support. Wireless can be made to work with almost any distro using ndiswrapper http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/ or driverloader: http://www.linuxant.com/driverloader/ (it costs $20.00 but is easier to setup)
 
Old 03-08-2005, 10:57 AM   #5
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suse 9.2 runs many wireless cards out of the box.
I am using it with a toshiba satellite a75, using an
Atheros Super-G built-in.
Suse detected the wlan at install time. All I had
to do was type in my essid and wep.
 
Old 03-08-2005, 12:30 PM   #6
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SimplyMepis is also pretty user friendly, and works with a lot of wifi cards out of the box.
 
Old 03-08-2005, 01:40 PM   #7
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If you've installed those already, than you should just pick one which suits you, instead of asking someone else to pick one for you. I tried Slackware and RedHat when I was younger, and neither really got me going, Just recently someone suggested Mandrake, but I foiund out that Mandrake tends to be one of the less stable distos. So I tried Debian as I had heard great things about it's stability, and after a couple of weeks getting everything going I was using Linux on an ALMOST exclusive basis, 2 months later, there is no M$ s/w here. Go with what seems best for you, not what someone else says is best.
 
Old 03-08-2005, 04:11 PM   #8
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hey thanks for the suggestions im going to try fedora core. by the way my card is a netgear ma111v2 tryed ndiswrapper with knoppix no sucess
 
Old 03-08-2005, 10:55 PM   #9
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I Installed Fedora Core 3 the best most awesome linux distro out there. thanks fot the idea. On the other hand linux-wlan i downloaded set up source code for the kernel then tried make config got to the source part put it in then it said only linux kernel headers not full source.
 
  


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