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Alright Fedora Core has pissed me off for the last time and I want to move on. I'd like to use Debain but it's a bit intimidating and as a newbie I need alot of the software prepackaged for me. I can handle basic installs but not too much more. Don't get me wrong, I'm learning but I'm not there yet. I'd like something debian based that makes use of apt for installs and upgrades. If you can think of a distro that works like this then point me in the right direction.
I don't know; I used Ubuntu for a few days and couldn't do a thing. Maybe I didn't use the package system right.
You should try SUSE, it's easy, pretty, and it's pretty easy to use the YAST tool to install stuff for you. It's what I use now, and it makes installation of programs a 10 second matter. Extremely useful, and easy to use for a beginner.
woops: I just read the ".....debian-based....." part!
Last edited by SolidSnakeX28; 07-01-2005 at 11:37 PM.
May want to check out Mandriva LE 2005. An excellent distro with wrappers for rpm that work, in my opinion, just as well as apt. They have an excellent user base with a large community and large repositories of apps. Once installed, go to http://easyurpmi.zarb.org and follow instructions.
If you feel comfortable with a command prompt and wish to learn linux from the ground up you could try Gentoo. It will take you about a week to install up to GUI interface. You will also need to have a broadband internet connection. The Gentoo system downloads the source code for each package and compiles it in real time. This is not for the faint hearted but it WILL make you a lot more familiar with your system. It will also challenge your system knowledge and patience.
If you feel game give it a go. I found it very rewarding.
Originally posted by husnos go ahead with debian sarge...........easy to use..........synaptic is easy for installation and net update
I don't agree with you. I managed, but for a newish user it's a bitch. And for some reason it didn't feel X was a dependency of anything... What I do like about it is Aptitude, it works really well. In Ubuntu it appeared broken, it would never remove auto installed packages or orphaned libraries even though I had installed all required packages.
I'd go with Ubuntu. After install you'll have a complete desktop environment. If you like KDE better go with Kubuntu (dumb name, only difference is KDE instead of Gnome)
Definitely SimplyMepis for a newbie. I tried all of the above mentioned distros and SimplyMepis was the easiest and l've been using it for nearly a year and even turfed XP because it does everything l need to do. It comes with a pile of stuff pre-installed like K3B, the Gimp, and many many others.
Originally posted by priller Depends really on what you didn't like about FC.
Great point... We could spit out our fav distros all day long but It's really about what "aeuzent" did not like about Fedora. If he installed Debian he may find something there he does not like. Then on to something else. Maybe "aeuzent" just does not like RPM based distros, but I think he should try to Fix Fedora first...