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Old 06-10-2009, 02:32 AM   #1
l.man
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Linux. which one is the best?


I've heard people saying....ah that one i can not use it,it is for beginners. then i get confused..

actually, is there any one who can list for me Linux os's in order starting with the simplest all the way to the toughest.

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Old 06-10-2009, 02:42 AM   #2
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Really, I think what "simplest" and "toughest" are depend on you. If you haven't found a distro to stick with, well, just try several until you find one that you like.
 
Old 06-10-2009, 02:50 AM   #3
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Really, I think what "simplest" and "toughest" are depend on you. If you haven't found a distro to stick with, well, just try several until you find one that you like.
and one would say Suse is much simpler that Red Hat..and consider Suse for newbie.

what can u say about that?
 
Old 06-10-2009, 03:02 AM   #4
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actually, is there any one who can list for me Linux os's in order starting with the simplest all the way to the toughest.
Not me. I don't think that you will ever get complete agreement on such a list, and, to do it, you have to answer some unanswerable questions. for example, is 'Clark Connect' tougher than Debian? Well, its probably easy if you are trying to make a firewall, but rather more difficult if you are trying to extend it beyond anything it does 'naturally'.

And is debian really difficult? Well, not really. If you are a sys admin, you'll probably have the experience to make it almost trivial to get a working desktop installation, but, if you are a newbie and you are trying to set up your first LAMP server, then you'll probably find it difficult and/or you won't get it right. So the difficulty is anywhere between 'zero' and 'too difficult for you (at this point)'.

Theoretically, at least, I could come up with at least a vague list of, for example, 'made easy' distros, but that's not what you are asking for.
 
Old 06-10-2009, 03:03 AM   #5
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A good start would be
http://distrowatch.com/
Make your pick, and download a live cd, and try it out.
If you don't like it, try another one, until you find the distro you like.
You need to start using it.
Only you can decide which is best for you.
 
Old 06-10-2009, 03:04 AM   #6
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I think 'linux mint' would be great for you.
I love it!
it is like ubuntu, except it is just so much better, i just feels like it is meant to be on your desktop!
they just released linux mint 7, (i am still on 6) and it sounds fantastic!
give it a go, grab the live cd, then try it out!

oh, and a good tip for live cds.
when you download the ISO (if you do it that way) use a program called unetbootin, and instead of having a live cd, have a live flash drive.
flash drives run so much quicker!!!

download linux mint at : www.linuxmint.com
unetbootin download : http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
try googling "mint4win" if you like it. goto (http://tinyurl.com/lmg9vv)
 
Old 06-10-2009, 03:18 AM   #7
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Though it's bit pricy, probably the Linux format special edition (Linux Special 18 - Switch to Linux) magazine may help you.

http://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.u...d=555&id=29693

Regards,
 
Old 06-10-2009, 03:23 AM   #8
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and one would say Suse is much simpler that Red Hat..and consider Suse for newbie.

what can u say about that?
I can't really comment, because it's been ages since I used either of those and I don't really remember what either was like.
 
Old 06-10-2009, 03:24 AM   #9
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You can also use qemu, virtualbox or vmware. Don't even need to burn a CD.
Spell out a precise definition for simple and another one for tough and I'll give you the list you ask for.
Alternatively, you can give me a list of 20 things that are simple and 20 things that are tough.
 
Old 06-10-2009, 04:03 AM   #10
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I prefer the list at linux.org/dist , where you can choose the platform, the use (general public/power user/...) and language.
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I think 'linux mint' would be great for you.
I love it!
it is like ubuntu, except it is just so much better, i just feels like it is meant to be on your desktop!
If you're new to linux, Mint would be a perfect choice, as well as OpenSuse, Ubuntu, Fedora and Mepis. Mandriva is also adequate. Bear in mind that the window manager is also important, you can choose between many available, but I think KDE or Gnome would be better for "newcomers".
Go through their sites, see some screenshots, download some LiveCDs, and try them out without making changes to your computer. Then you'll realise that distro X and Y are too complicated but that Z is not bad and W is perfect!
That's how I got started.
 
Old 06-10-2009, 04:26 AM   #11
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Hello.

I don't think you can properly judge a distribution by simply checking out (one of) its LiveCD(s). Assume you grab LiveCDs sporting Fedora, Ubuntu and openSUSE featuring the Gnome desktop environment. Except for appreciations of the "this one is prettier than this other one" sort.. I don't know if you can make a correct opinion on what truly sets the distributions appart. The default Gnome theme is a minor, I'd almost say insignificant difference between distributions such as Fedora and Ubuntu, if we consider: package management, documentation, init, upgrade procedures, various complications which appear in a "day to day usage", etc.
 
Old 06-10-2009, 05:02 PM   #12
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Window manager is important, not as important as a package manager system or the assistants it has, or upgrade procedures. KDE, however features different applications (out-of-the-box) and it feels different if you're not used to have your menu on the upper left corner.
LiveCDs and manuals give to perceive most of the system. Although you are limited in some things, you'll see that to install that you should click here, go there and do this.
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I don't know if you can make a correct opinion on what truly sets the distributions appart.
Indeed, it's hard to classify distributions. The differences between major distros are based on things that, mostly, we don't see. We notice a difference, yes, but especially in the way they are configured and in the way they work, not in ease of use.
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actually, is there any one who can list for me Linux os's in order starting with the simplest all the way to the toughest.
Not likely, because there is a wide range of distributions. In terms of 'simplicity' I found OpenSuse and Kubuntu to be very similar (perhaps OpenSuse had this other feature, or Kubuntu this other app). There are dozens of posts asking for advice on the choice of their distro. See what distro suits you best, try it, and when you want to change to another, more difficult, change.
 
Old 06-15-2009, 02:16 AM   #13
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I think The KDE is great for people newer to linux, it is quite easy to use (however, differs from each distro)
I used opensuse, and is a great distro, that may be too 'bleeding edge' and not quite stable as other distros.
Steer away from slackware.
ubuntu's slogan is'linux for human beings' it is easy to use ad configure.
however, linux mint is '98% ubuntu, 2 percent other' and the 2% other is why I switched.
I have used not a lot of distros in my time (DSL, N-DSL, Ubuntu, puppy linux, opensuse, fedora, then linux mint.) but I have found good and bad in each one.
if you want the most 'bleeding edge' (I.E, the best looking) distro, go opensuse with KDE.
if you want something more stable, go linux mint with gnome.

it has taken a while to find a distro i really like.
 
Old 06-15-2009, 02:54 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by RLU491412 View Post
I think 'linux mint' would be great for you.
I love it!
it is like ubuntu, except it is just so much better, i just feels like it is meant to be on your desktop!
they just released linux mint 7, (i am still on 6) and it sounds fantastic!
give it a go, grab the live cd, then try it out!

oh, and a good tip for live cds.
when you download the ISO (if you do it that way) use a program called unetbootin, and instead of having a live cd, have a live flash drive.
flash drives run so much quicker!!!

download linux mint at : www.linuxmint.com
unetbootin download : http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
try googling "mint4win" if you like it. goto (http://tinyurl.com/lmg9vv)
I run "Gloria" live and it works great but I don't know if I can part with "Felicia" as she's been so good to me! However, it's good to know that there are other Mint fans around. For the third most popular distro (according to DistroWatch) it surprising how little you hear about it.
Mark
 
Old 06-15-2009, 03:06 AM   #15
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Steer away from slackware.
Are you basing that on any actual experience, or just what you've read or heard?
 
  


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