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Old 05-15-2009, 03:16 AM   #1
TonsOfChickens
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New born to Linux/UNIX... need advice......


Hello All,

Well, I'm kind of embarrassed but here goes. I'm a Windows Sys Admin, and know almost nothing about Linux/UNIX. I'm pretty tired of Microsoft and wish to learn Linux/UNIX. I would like to hear your opinions on what OS I should install to begin learning about how to use these OS's. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 
Old 05-15-2009, 03:27 AM   #2
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have a look at
http://distrowatch.com/
download some of the first twenty of the list, burn them with e.g. img.burn:
http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download
and test them from a live-cd (most of them come as a live-cd).
or test them in an emulator, e.g. virtualbox:
http://www.virtualbox.org/
i like debian, mandriva, sabayon..., i wouldn`t think too much about it, just take the one which works out of the box for you (you might change later to another distro)
greetings
 
Old 05-15-2009, 05:32 AM   #3
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I come too from a Windows background (but definitely not admin - casual use, gaming mostly) and I last seriously programmed in high-school. I next encountered UNIX in a work environment, and was suffieciently impressed (and curious) about the whole UNIX / Linux genre to want to take a bite of the apple.

I found the Red Hat / Fedora line of desktop distros to be pretty easy on the old brain cells if you have a Windows background. Give them a try. Ubuntu is apparently quite good too, but I have had some bad experiences with it where it absolutely refused to work or even boot on my hardware, where Fedora did just fine.
 
Old 05-15-2009, 05:58 AM   #4
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Ubuntu is what I ask new people to start with. But as you have some experience with windows admin you can start off with Fedora or CentOS. CentOS is RHEL with no logos.
If you just want to switch your desktop from windows to linux then Ubuntu, Mint or Dream are what you should look at first. They all have live cds and you do not need to install them straight away. Try them and install one that you like. You may end up liking all of them and triple booting your system.

If your basic need is servers and production environment then Debian, slackware, CentOS are better off for the fact that they receive updates for longer period of time. Fedora is also nice but it is bit bleeding edge and might not work straight away and looses support after about 18 months.
 
Old 05-15-2009, 01:27 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help everyone. I'm going to try either Red Hat or Ubuntu first. Thanks again!

Regards
 
Old 05-15-2009, 03:17 PM   #6
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Hello All,

Well, I'm kind of embarrassed but here goes. I'm a Windows Sys Admin, and know almost nothing about Linux/UNIX. I'm pretty tired of Microsoft and wish to learn Linux/UNIX. I would like to hear your opinions on what OS I should install to begin learning about how to use these OS's. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
No cause for embarrassment Everyone starts somewhere.
 
Old 05-17-2009, 04:43 AM   #7
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Thanks for the help everyone. I'm going to try either Red Hat or Ubuntu first. Thanks again!

Regards
Try ubuntu or Linux Mint first, its easy a lot easier than windows. That wat i feel.
Later you can try fedora ,debian or slackware

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