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Old 04-15-2004, 08:51 PM   #1
pipeline109
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Innovative distros?


I am brand new to the Linux scene and I have zero knowledge of it.

I am attracted to Linux because I'm sick and tired of Microsoft and Apple copying each other's ideas, and both OS's looking pretty darn close to the same.

I recently reformatted my old computer's HD, and I want to install Linux on it to use as a toy. Are there any free, beginner-level distros that look completely different than Windows or Macintosh?

I am not a visually oriented person, so I don't mind a text interface. I also don't mind it being complicated. I learned MS-DOS intuitively, but overly simple things tend to go over my head.
 
Old 04-15-2004, 09:15 PM   #2
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IT will not matter which distro you use. The good thing about linux is that you can completely change the look of your system by changing the window manager.

When you first install your system you will be given two options of windows managers KDE and Gnome. I use KDE. However both of these look very similar to MS and Apple so download "Window Maker", this is very different to anything you would have seen before.

go to http://www.windowmaker.org/ and have a look
 
Old 04-15-2004, 09:35 PM   #3
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I think you should try Fedora first. And customise your installation not to include gnome and kde package. Then download the rpm for redhat 8.0 for windowmaker. Newer installation package doesn't look good. Also look for 'window manager' for other nice non-windows-looking window manager.
 
Old 04-15-2004, 09:48 PM   #4
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Enlightenment is the one I use

www.enlightenment.org

Ron
 
Old 04-15-2004, 10:13 PM   #5
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Maybe you should try Vector linux or Mandrake.
www.vectorlinux.com
www.mandrakelinux.com
 
Old 04-15-2004, 10:15 PM   #6
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Make sure you try Fluxbox as your window manager.
 
Old 04-15-2004, 10:52 PM   #7
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Similar to what the others suggested:

Which ever distro you chose, if you don't like
a windows-look stay clean of KDE, Gnome,
fvwm ...


if text-mode is fine, and you want others to
decide for you which packages can play together,
start with anything debian based ... apt will
take care of your needs (and does this far
better than any RPM based distro I know).

If a little more effort (and full control) is your
gusto try Slackware ... :)


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 04-15-2004, 11:59 PM   #8
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SuSE came with gnome, kde, windowmaker and few others..i'm using fluxbox...i'm totally impressed and satisfied with it...it's quick, easy, stable and fun and runs great on older pc's...like mine, a 500mhz with 191mb of ram....
 
Old 04-16-2004, 03:15 AM   #9
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Mandrake includes many different Window Managers. During the install, select "other desktops" in the package selection screen.

When you first login, look at the drop list to select one of the several WMs. Feel free to try the different WMs.

Then configure a contrib urpmi source and use urpmi to install ion and fluxbox. Fluxbox is very popular for it's speed and simplicity. And I gaurantee Ion is very different from anything you've ever seen.
 
Old 04-16-2004, 07:26 PM   #10
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Thanks for the advice guys! Most sites say Debian and Slackware are for people who are already experienced with linux and that I am not, so I wasn't sure.
 
Old 04-16-2004, 10:24 PM   #11
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What can I say? The basic installl and set-up of slack is
about as easy as Mandrake (for instance). Afterwards
you need to learn, there's no fandangly wizards or
mouse-driven gadgets for every possible configuration
task. You need to read, and master a text-editor.

However you're rewarded with intimate knowledge of
your machine, a stunning performance and total control.


Cheers,
Tink
 
  


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