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Old 07-14-2005, 02:36 AM   #1
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Newbie here


I am pretty new to linux.. what do you thik the best flavor of linux is?
 
Old 07-14-2005, 02:54 AM   #2
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Well...first tell us what you want your system to be for: what kind of apps do you have? Are you looking for a distro which brings loads of packages (like Debian - slightly complicated), or one which is "complete" but fits on one CD, like Kanotix.

Personally, though many people may say SUSE, Fedora Core, Mandrake, etc... I would recommend you go for either Ubuntu or Kubuntu. If you take a closer look, the only large difference between them is the window manager, and of course, some of the apps (because Kubuntu brings KDE installed, and Ubuntu brings GNOME installed). Take a look at both and see what you like more - GNOME or KDE. I'm guessing you'll go for KDE, but may I make a subtle suggestion that Ubuntu is slightly better than Kubuntu. Both have amazing hardware detection, apt-get (Synaptic Package Manager is the front-end) makes downloading and installing packages a breeze, and they both look great! What more could you want?

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Old 07-14-2005, 02:55 AM   #3
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There are already plenty of threads on this board with the exact same question.

FWIW though my favourite is Mandrivalinux (www.mandrivalinux.com) (used to be Mandrake) and I think it'd be pretty nice for newbies. You may also want to look at Ubuntu and PCLinuxOS (both can be booted as livecds to try them out) as well as Suse, Fedora, SimplyMEPIS, Linspire (costs $), Xandros (costs $ I think). Gentoo, Linux From Scratch and Slackware are probably not for you unless you want to dive in at the deep end and learn stuff the hard way at first.
 
Old 07-14-2005, 02:58 AM   #4
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Well...first tell us what you want your system to be for: what kind of apps do you have? Are you looking for a distro which brings loads of packages (like Debian - slightly complicated), or one which is "complete" but fits on one CD, like Kanotix.

Personally, though many people may say SUSE, Fedora Core, Mandrake, etc... I would recommend you go for either Ubuntu or Kubuntu. If you take a closer look, the only large difference between them is the window manager, and of course, some of the apps (because Kubuntu brings KDE installed, and Ubuntu brings GNOME installed). Take a look at both and see what you like more - GNOME or KDE. I'm guessing you'll go for KDE, but may I make a subtle suggestion that Ubuntu is slightly better than Kubuntu. Both have amazing hardware detection, apt-get (Synaptic Package Manager is the front-end) makes downloading and installing packages a breeze, and they both look great! What more could you want?

J_K9

P.S You may also want to check out Distrowatch - reviews of more than 100 distros out there!
Looks like I have some tasting to do LOL
 
Old 07-14-2005, 03:12 AM   #5
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Lol - yup have fun with those! Use the live CDs (if they are available) first to check if the distro is fully compatible with all your hardware and that you like its look and feel. If you need any help on the installation, then just post back!

J_K9

P.S Ubuntu's also quite good because it has a text-based installation (like Debian, which it's based on), and I'm not trying to scare you, but it will greatly increase your learning curve. You'll learn about what size your swap partition should be and other good stuff, like configuring GRUB. With graphical installations you don't learn jack!

edit: and hey - doesn't windows also have a text-based installation? Therefore nothing to worry about

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