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Old 05-09-2004, 02:20 PM   #1
PrinceBalak
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Mandrake,Gentoo,PHLAK,or Knoppix?


I am new to Linux,and I have Mandrake 10 on my old 20 GB,64 RAM WinME.I am feeling it isn't giving me the Linux experiance.I want to switch to something that is easy to use(not restricting),but is still Linux-like.

I am considering trying:
PHLAK
Knoppix
Gentoo

Any suggestions for a ?

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Old 05-09-2004, 04:28 PM   #2
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It's individual preference, we ca't really guess what you are going to like.

Since you have only 64Mb RAM I would advise you away from the bloaty distibutions that come with KDE or Gnome as default. Probably you will want to use a lightweight GUI like FluxBox.

Slackware + Gentoo are the ones I have most enjoyed and I would recommend either, but if you choose Gentoo you should use Stage 3 + precompiled packages, otherwise the installation will take the whole weekend.

Of course you will get a hundred other suggestions, I have not tried every distribution so I cannot claim to know which one is best. You should try a few, and find one that you are happy with.

Mark.
 
Old 05-09-2004, 07:21 PM   #3
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Never tried phlax, Knoppix is nice but alot of people have probs with the hardrive install. Gentoo rough for the newbie. Slack is a brick wall but also hard for a newb. I also run MDK 10 and love it, I also like Fedora (I started with RH can't help it). I've been using Linux for a little over a year know and love it I do play with Slack here and there for learning but would still not use it for my main distro. That "REAL" linux feel sends alot of people running with there tail between there legs. MDK is good to learn just remember just because it comes with all the bells and whistles doesn't mean you HAVE to use them. Use WindowMaker instead of KDE or GNOME, so what it your could download a RPM and double click it. Nobodys stopping you from download source and compiling it. or editing you config files instead of using MCC. Then at least if you f?ck up you'll have them to back you up
 
Old 05-10-2004, 04:00 PM   #4
PrinceBalak
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Muzzy,I'll try Gentoo(stage 3,of course...I knew that).Thanks.What's odd is that my 64 RAMer runs KDE smoothly.I'll consider Slackware,but I've read it's a pain to install.

Snatale1,is the reason you think Gentoo is hard is because of the commands?Cuz I'll print out some commands from my *dun dun dun*WinXP computer.

BTW,the reason why I wasn't feeling like MD10 was the Linux experiance was this:It was a little like a faster version of Windows.

Thanks for the advice.
 
Old 05-10-2004, 10:11 PM   #5
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Originally posted by PrinceBalak
Snatale1,is the reason you think Gentoo is hard is because of the commands?Cuz I'll print out some commands from my *dun dun dun*WinXP computer.
Actually wiseass, I didn't say it was too hard, I said it could be rough for a newbie. Get your glasses checked. Not everybody wants to spend all day at the computer. Thats all I said. Some people want the pros of linux without the cons, theres nothing wrong with that. Like I said I also run slack, and alot of things I've learned doing that have helped me out when I do have probs on my main box. Also you might want to watch yourself you've got a big mouth for somebody with with two posts. People come here for help, not to read the ramblings of retards like you.
 
Old 05-11-2004, 03:53 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by PrinceBalak
I'll consider Slackware,but I've read it's a pain to install.

Slackware really is not that hard to install. I have only been running linux for a couple of months and after running Fedora for a couple of weeks, I switched to slack. Been running it ever since.
 
Old 05-11-2004, 12:24 PM   #7
PrinceBalak
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I apologize for acting like that,Snatale1. I shouldn't have said that. I'll probably install it.

Thanks AmishTechie.I'll get the ISOs of Slackware ASAP.

I'll keep my mouth shut....
 
  


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