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Old 11-05-2006, 08:22 AM   #1
spliffy
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novice wich linux for me


I no you lot are sick of posts like this but...
right im a windows user wanting to get away from the microsoft world.
i no anuff to get about on xp, but i want to try linux
i no its meant to be alot harded (having to feed code)but i want to learn
wich one would be best for the novice learner,i was thinking xandos or suse??
it for a dual boot system

my machine is:
3700 amd 64bit
an8 sli
x800gto
1gig dual chan ram
80 gig h/d ide
160 gig sata
200 gig ide
i have bin flicking though threads but there is to much to take in
your wisdom will be helpfull
 
Old 11-05-2006, 08:45 AM   #2
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Suse I would believe
 
Old 11-05-2006, 09:28 AM   #3
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It doesn't really matter. Try a few out and see what feels best.

Last edited by soggycornflake; 11-12-2006 at 11:32 AM.
 
Old 11-05-2006, 09:35 AM   #4
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go to distrowatch.com and try anything listed in the top ten on their "hit list".
Start with a free distribution--the top ones are all good.

the best for you will be the last one you try.....
 
Old 11-05-2006, 09:26 PM   #5
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I am a few months ahead of you on moving to Linux. I installed Suse, Mandriva, Debian, Knopixx, Fedora, and a couple of others whose name escapes me, and used each (as much as I was able) for at least a week; a month on Suse. Suse really got me working well, but on balance, and most particularly because of the easier-to-understand documentation (imo) and help on this website, I switched to Ubuntu a month ago and for the time-being that is this new user's recommendation. Since it's free to download the various linux distributions, and if you have the time, I would suggest you try a couple of them too.

Although it's an issue hotly debated, there's no question in my mind that the more Windows-like a Linux distribution, the greater the probability that someone will stick with it. Understanding and meshing Linux terms with what you know from XP was (and still is) the hardest part (for me) of the learning curve. Some Linux features and items of usability are just so fundamental to experienced users that they're rarely discussed, but as an XP user can be frustrating as all hell if you can't get past the seemingly simplest Linux tasks. The Ubuntu installer makes a lot of default decisions without asking, and they're almost always what you would choose anyway. The point is you don't have to stop installing to google an item to figure out what's being asked of you. I would suggest you use Kubuntu (and not Ubuntu), which installs KDE, which is your desktop, more or less. You'll be up and running with email and internet quickly, and if you know what you're doing in XP you'll be able to manage okay with KDE.

I hope this helps you, because god knows I've received a lot of help here myself.
 
Old 11-05-2006, 09:55 PM   #6
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Fedora for the tech type. Ubuntu for the lazy. Windows for the feeble minded. Suse for the sellout.
 
Old 11-05-2006, 11:31 PM   #7
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I wanted to try suse for a long time but gave up when they sold out to novel but then finally did try v10.0 anyway! Now they are in bed with microsoft, they say... They say the free version has multimedia problems but I had the full version from the usenet download and it worked fine.

Now I'm planning on buying a complete version of some linux! (maybe suse, maybe not) Because I want it all complete with manuals and reference guides, etc... I think that may be the best way to learn the whole thing from the ground up!

I started a long time ago by downloading Mandrake Linux 5 on my 33.6k dial up modem (every RPM) and figuring out how to make a boot CD to install it. A lot has changed... I think most people can install and use about any version of linux now but still some of the most powerful features elude me!

When XP reaches the "end of life" cycle in a couple of years microsoft will stop making any updates and no new hardware will be supported! At that time, a decision must be made... Vista or something else? I've already decided on something else so I figure I should get a head start on knowing it inside out from top to bottom, like I know XP!
 
Old 11-06-2006, 01:45 AM   #8
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I don't think that by buying a version of linux you are going to get manuals. You buy support. If you need manuals then I suggest you get a linux guide. I still use mine from time to time even though is quite dated.
 
Old 11-06-2006, 07:08 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jlo_sandog
I don't think that by buying a version of linux you are going to get manuals. You buy support. If you need manuals then I suggest you get a linux guide. I still use mine from time to time even though is quite dated.
Agreed. Not manuals that are worth anything anyways. At least thats been my experience. Xandros literally came with instructions on how to insert the CD.

Fedora Core 5 is a good distro, I still like it. I don't know why another poster suggested Ubuntu was for the lazy, but I really like Ubuntu. It just works, huge repositories of software to install, good hardware support, etc. PCLinuxOS is ok, but I don't care for the newest one. I really liked Mandrake 10.0 Official. A little slow, but it worked. Its successor, Mandriva 07, might be the worst Linux distro I've ever tried. The last version of Suse I used(it was several years ago), worked ok. Xandros is also a good distro, if you want to buy Linux(I had issues with the free one).

In the end, I'd suggest either FC5, or Ubuntu 6.06. Both are free with a lot of support available for these two distros, lots of software/hardware support, plenty of informed users on a couple different forums, etc.

Go buy some blank DVD Rs(or CD Rs, depending on your optical drive), and burn a few Live Distros and try them out.

Good luck
IGF

Last edited by IndyGunFreak; 11-06-2006 at 07:24 AM.
 
Old 11-06-2006, 10:02 AM   #10
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Bloody hell, i was not expecting such good feedbk.
ty all.
right ill get on the download tonight or tomro.
buying linux i thourght it was free to all,or do u just pay for them to slap it onto a bootable disk an give you a manual (of sorts)?
 
Old 11-06-2006, 02:51 PM   #11
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Yep, from the feedback I'm getting (I posted another thread about this) Sounds like buying linux is just for people who don't feel like downloading and burning it... They say SuSe comes with a printed version of the PDF which if you had a printer, you could make yourself! So get a good distro and then a good linux book from a professional publisher if you want one.
 
Old 11-06-2006, 06:53 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pixellany
go to distrowatch.com and try anything listed in the top ten on their "hit list". Start with a free distribution--the top ones are all good.
And if you don't like to waste time installing 10 different OS-s check out the distro features comparison: http://polishlinux.org/choose/compar...distro2=Fedora (you can compare any major Linux and BSD systems there) and choose your new fantastic (and free operating system)!
 
Old 11-07-2006, 02:47 PM   #13
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go with ubuntu
 
Old 11-07-2006, 04:40 PM   #14
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Which Distro

Quote:
Originally Posted by spliffy
I no you lot are sick of posts like this but...
right im a windows user wanting to get away from the microsoft world.
i no anuff to get about on xp, but i want to try linux
i no its meant to be alot harded (having to feed code)but i want to learn
wich one would be best for the novice learner,i was thinking xandos or suse??
it for a dual boot system

my machine is:
3700 amd 64bit
an8 sli
x800gto
1gig dual chan ram
80 gig h/d ide
160 gig sata
200 gig ide
i have bin flicking though threads but there is to much to take in
your wisdom will be helpfull
May I recommend Blag. blagblagblag.org - User friendly, based on the Fedora core. Java pre-installed, codecs available in synaptic. Detects most hardware with ease. Installs in about 10 minutes with the Gnome desktop. You'll probably want to immediately change the theme, its', well, Blag! What ever you do choose, give it a chance. To many window converts give up so easily, my self included in the early going, but I don't even use windoze any more.
 
Old 11-08-2006, 12:42 AM   #15
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Listen to Peter. He has a good point. People in here recommend Ubuntu a lot, which is fair enough. But then again since this will be your first intro to the linux world, your eyes will pay attention to some candy and easy configuration possibilities. So therefore I agree with Peter and say Kubuntu, which is just the same as Ubuntu but using the KDE desktop environment instead of the Gnome. KDE is a bit harder on resources and a bit slower, but a lot more fancy and easy to get used to in your primer convertion period.
And if you want to check out KDE and linux with one of the livecds around , I suggest you try the Slax Killbill version. It's fancy and fast. (Being a newbie, just remember to type "startx" after you have logged on to the Slax)
 
  


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