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Old 07-23-2006, 09:07 PM   #1
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distro for school


hey all. I couldn't find the answer to this question, but I apologize if this has been previously covered.

I was wondering if there is a distro that is geared toward students. Here is my hardware:

Toshiba Satellite Laptop
1.6 GHz centrino
1.0 gig ram
256 meg ATI 9600 (dedicated memory)

Thanks for the help,

-JoPo
 
Old 07-23-2006, 09:40 PM   #2
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What sort of student? It really depends on your exact requirements.

For a "generic" student, any distro would be fine - most come with OpenOffice and web browsing.

If you are a computing student, I suggest Slackware or Debian - both would be good for programming, and learning how the system works.

Whichever distro you eventually decide on, make sure that you get the lastest version.

I hope this helps
--Ian
 
Old 07-23-2006, 10:02 PM   #3
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thanks for the response.

duh, i didnt say what kind of student, haha...for a computer student. im very new to linux and need a distro that doesn't really require much nohow. I'll learn the OS over time, but want to have an OS that works out of the box. hope this makes sense. thanks again for the help.

-JoPo
 
Old 07-23-2006, 10:03 PM   #4
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i suggest slackware. or at least not the distros that require realtime updates via internet. the stable ones of course.
 
Old 07-23-2006, 10:06 PM   #5
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As a first distro, I would suggest PCLinuxOS. It is the most newbie-friendly, free distro I have yet encountered.
 
Old 07-23-2006, 11:26 PM   #6
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There are several distros that I would recommend for a CS student. Slackware has a minimum of GUI config tools, so you need to learn how your system works. Slackware has a very steep learning curve. Slackware's package management is very basic - it has no dependency checking.

Debian is also a good distro. It's stable version is getting a bit old for desktop use now, so I would suggest the Testing version. It has an excellent package manager, and is good for use by new-ish users and advanced users.

Since you are new to Linux, I suggest Fedora, or Ubuntu (based on Debian). Both work reasonably well out of the box, but you can still learn how your system works. Ubuntu has a reputation as being for newbies, but I feel that it is good for advanced uses as well. Install one of these, but try Slackware when you get to know Linux better.

On a side not, whatever you choose, make a dedicated partition for /home. This way, if you want to change distros, you won't lose your documents.

I hope this helps
--Ian

EDIT: See the link in my signature for a few reviews based on my experiences.

Last edited by IBall; 07-23-2006 at 11:28 PM.
 
Old 07-24-2006, 05:47 AM   #7
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to pyre take a look at this post. you'll get my idea.
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=466732

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