slightly difficult to install, etc. that is...
You see, to linux, i am the newbie of all newbies. I had almost no knowledge about it, but you have to learn somewhere... so i plunged waist deep into something i knew nothing about.
My first distro. pick... slack of course. I was reading a thread in a forum such as this one and i heard that the guy was installing slack with kde for his x and everthing like that...
now i got to thinking that if this guy could do it, why couldn't i?
perhaps i should have read about other distros, etc. and things like that... but noooo i knew what i was doing and chose slack not only because it was the only one i had ever heard of, but also because it has a neat name
i printed off a cheap manual from some 2 cent site and set up the partition with no trouble at all. Put in the slackware cd, and what do you know... my system wasn't ready for it yet
sooo i went back out.. got everything ready again, and finally the installer worked!
installation was pretty quick because instead of just choosing packages i wanted, i quickly installed all of the above.
once it was done and LILO (oh god not that!) was installed, i booted up linux for the first time.
pretty much all it was, was a black screen with a bit of writing that i knew nothing about... but i still had that 2 cent manual!! AHA!
i looked it up and finally read on about getting the x system up and running. I managed to figure out how to get the optical usb mouse working (only took about 2 hours or so
) and set everything up properly without much hassle besides that.
startx....... it loads! yay... but now what do i do? what's KDE? what's GNOME? Enlightenment? huh??
well... i chose GNOME because...well... just because.. and had my first taste of what it could do... setup after that was hard enough just trying to get all the hardware working (my gforce4 had been confusing as well for a while)
i later switched to KDE... i liked it better... so i stuck with it..
then after a little bit of time progressed i started installing and removing software like mad... the system bacame complete... and it even came with Wine so i could run the windows programs off of the other harddrive i was dual booting with...
so all in all, it wasn't too hard to set up for such a newbie like me (and i still am)
it only took about 5-6 hours to figure out and install the proper way...(well..not quite proper, but it got up there)
now, im not as big of a newbie to the whole linux concept... and im even going to be trying out other distros now
just my story....
and from what ive read in this forum and other places, i think ill be sticking with slackware in the end... but its nice to try new things sometimes... even if you end up waist deep in something you don't know anything about.