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i started about a month ago. i started with knoppix live distro so i didn't have to install anything. it just boots up and runs as long as you configure your bios to look for the cd rom as a boot disk.
i then started hardrive installing linux systems. i have tried knoppix, mandrake 9.2, redhad 9.0, dam small linux. i don't know why but for me redhat GUI installer made life a little eassier for me as a noob. mandrake installer is similar also.
i think i installed and unistalled and installed many many times though before i became more comfortable with it all.
You 99% don't want gentoo (not yet) it is a source based distro and you will do lots and lots of compiling. Go download either redhat (9.0) or fedora core 1 (I think thats current) and play with those. They have good wizards for most things, although go poke around your new OS (check out /etc and learn!) anyway, the most important thing really is getting up and running on the internet, once you are, every problem has a solution at google. Good luck and have fun
I was thinking of giving Gentoo a try first, and if it fails then I would stick with Red Hat. I heard RPM based distros cause a lot of problems, thats why I'm trying to avoid them right now. This makes me unhappy about Red Hat, 'poor multimedia support, concerns over the Red Hat to Fedora transition'. Plus whats the difference between Red Hat and Fedora? Also is this true about Gentoo? 'Long and tedious system installation, occasional instability and risk of breakdown, unsuitable for mission critical servers.'
No worries, I get most of it. Ill give it a try alright? Can anyone answer that Gentoo question I had? 'Long and tedious system installation, occasional instability and risk of breakdown, unsuitable for mission critical servers.' Thanks heema
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Last edited by HyBriDJoKeR; 01-03-2004 at 09:31 PM.