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Old 01-02-2006, 06:37 PM   #1
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distro for the newb


I'm sure you gurus out there are sick of this question being asked 50 times but I just have to ask this.

I recently got a distro called Fedora Core 4. While it is nice, it sort of feels bloated with all the packages that it comes with. The installer felt basically like a Windows installer. It's good for servers, but I'm trying to run a desktop.

So after my ranting, here's my question. Which distro is the best to learn linux on? I've heard Slackware and Gentoo are good, but I need opinions. Even if that means I have to try to install the distro 15 times.
 
Old 01-02-2006, 06:43 PM   #2
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I'd go with Debian. Slackware can be a bit of a pain to configure and maintain, and it is not an rpm-based distribution {so get used to compiling}. I haven't used Gentoo personally, perhaps others here can comment on it.

Debian is a pretty easy and painless install, particularly if one does a net install. Check out debian.org

I'm not a guru, just a regular guy with an opinion
 
Old 01-02-2006, 06:48 PM   #3
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I'm still new to Linux, and I tried Debian at first, but ended up going with Mepis. Setup is a snap.
 
Old 01-02-2006, 07:13 PM   #4
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Mepis is a good choice. Debian is good although packages are a tad dated.

I personally despise RPMs, but SuSE is a good choice for a newb.

If you really want to learn, go with Slackware. Yep, it can be a pain to configure sometimes as you do a lot of stuff manually, but it will teach you a lot. As far as compiling goes, well yeah there are occassionally apps you have to compile, but most anything you'd really want is already there or available as a Slackware package already.

Best advice? Try a few different ones until you find one that works and feels right for you. There really is no perfect distro for everyone.
 
Old 01-02-2006, 07:20 PM   #5
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Spend NO time picking your first distro---get any of the free ones and learn it. Then swithch when you discover something you can't do. After you have waded in the pond, you'll be better equipped to make your ultimate choice.

Free distros to put on your dart board:
Ubuntu
Fedora
Open SUSE
 
Old 01-02-2006, 07:22 PM   #6
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I don't mind pulling my hair or scratching my head to use it. I just want to learn something and get used to Linux.



Edit: I love these smilies

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Old 01-02-2006, 07:23 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by angryfirelord
I don't mind pulling my hair or scratching my head to use it. I just want to learn something and get used to Linux.

Same answer---just pick one and dive in.
 
Old 01-03-2006, 06:20 AM   #8
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ubuntu is the linux for human beings, ever heard of it? I'm fan.
 
Old 01-03-2006, 07:37 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by angryfirelord
I don't mind pulling my hair or scratching my head to use it. I just want to learn something and get used to Linux.

I've started using Zenwalk and so far like it. I'm having issues with wireless, but for the typical desktop that wouldn't be a problem. It's Slackware based, so if you like, you can config everything from the CLI. But it's also got netpkg which allows easy upgrades of packages. It's also free and a relatively small download.

I started using Slackware to really learn how the OS works. I haven't had the time to devote to it, but I'm getting there. The great thing about learning with Slackware is the OS does not assume you want your system any particular way. You configure it the way you want.

Another suggestion would be to put a couple distros on the system. That way you could load up a newbie friendly distro like Mepis and still have a distro like Slackware to learn with.
 
  


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