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Old 01-19-2008, 08:58 PM   #1
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Linux newb, trying to select Distro


Hello all. This is my first time in here, so be gentle.

Ive tried a bunch of distros on my Laptop, and the one I liked was slackware, but Ive had so much trouble on all of them because of my wireless network card.

Ime using Fedora Core (6 I think) and its okay, but I love the look of slackware, but being a noob, im am totally confused.

So bassically my question is this, Would Slackware be good for a beginner who knows very little about linux?

Thanks in advance
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Old 01-19-2008, 09:21 PM   #2
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What network card do you have?

Have you tried the *buntu's? (I personally don't like them but they are the most new user friendly, I guess.) There is Kubuntu for (KDE), Ubuntu (Gnome) and Xubuntu (XFCE) depending on which desktop environment you like.

I don't know much about slackware but I believe its one of the distros where you need to compile everything yourself... maybe you can install something like rpm for it, don't know.

If you are just starting out you probably want to start with a distro that has some decent package management so its easier to install software. Your choice may also depend on how easy it is to get your wireless set up. Just let everyone know what card you have and I'm sure some people will help.

Some distros to look at:
Mandriva
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu
OpenSuse
 
Old 01-19-2008, 09:32 PM   #3
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There are some nice Slackware based distros that make Slack easy like Vector and Zenwalk. Wireless was a problem for me with the latest Vector, however.

Slackware and Fedora are not the most "wireless friendly" distros around.

I was really impressed by Mepis 7, Sam 2008, Mandriva 008, and Sabayon for their wireless support.
 
Old 01-19-2008, 09:37 PM   #4
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I tried Ubuntu, and It failed to work, I have less than 256 ram.

My Wireless card is D-Link (atheros chipset) I ferget the model #

But Im thinking about getting a new wireless card anyways.
 
Old 01-19-2008, 09:38 PM   #5
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Fedora uses the Gnome desktop by default while Slackware uses the KDE desktop by default. You are so far saying you like the look of the KDE desktop better than Gnome. KDE is available for Fedora.
Configuring a wireless card can be a pain. You will want to pursue this issue by posting what wireless card you have and what distribution you are using.
AFAIC the latest Slackware is very nice for anyone to use but will require more manual attention than some distributions. System configuration and maintenance are accomplished with different tools in Fedora or Slackware even when the same desktop is installed.
If you have room, why not run 2 different distributions and see which you like best and get configured for wireless first.

Last edited by 2damncommon; 01-19-2008 at 09:42 PM.
 
Old 01-19-2008, 09:39 PM   #6
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There are some nice Slackware based distros that make Slack easy like Vector and Zenwalk. Wireless was a problem for me with the latest Vector, however.

Slackware and Fedora are not the most "wireless friendly" distros around.

I was really impressed by Mepis 7, Sam 2008, Mandriva 008, and Sabayon for their wireless support.
Oh, Thanks,I might have to check those out. But I really like the console look to slackware
 
Old 01-19-2008, 09:44 PM   #7
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Man, You guys are really helpful!

And yes, I like KDE better than Gnome

my wireless thing is a D-link g630 version c (atheros chipset I think)
 
Old 01-19-2008, 10:09 PM   #8
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I had problems finding a distro that worked for my laptop I ended up going with PCLinuxOs. It is very first time user friendly and it recognized everything on my laptop right out of the box.
 
  


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