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Old 05-02-2005, 05:18 PM   #1
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starting over: good 1CD newbie distros?


having lots of problems with my linux installs, and cant seem to get them answered or find the answers, so i want to start over with a 'newbie' distro.

i hear mandrake is the best for a newbie? i found the download, but its 3 cds.. i want a newbie distro thats one cd.

i had suse 9.1 when it came out, and want to try suse 9.3 pro but cant find a free iso for it, am i looking in the wrong spot or is there none?

any suggestions for a top newbie distro thats only 1 cd to install? i want to give a shot at starting over with a newbie distro thats just all flashy and more automated, then slowly come back to slack and maybe get my problems solved then..

thanks for the opinions.

edit: whoops.. turns out i used to have suse 9.1 PERsonal, not pro.. i found a iso for suse 9.3 pro but its a 'mini-installation'? dunno how 'mini' mini includes

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Old 05-02-2005, 05:21 PM   #2
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knoppix is all that I can think of
 
Old 05-02-2005, 05:25 PM   #3
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sorry.. didnt include that im not looking for live cds.. i dont understand how people can use them for everyday use? im not arguing at all, just i cant see myself using a live cd.

thanks though.. any other non-live cd ones u can think of?

edit:
downloading gentoo 2005.0 .. dunno where this will go

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Old 05-02-2005, 05:37 PM   #4
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SimplyMEPIS and Ubuntu.

'mini' installs install over network.
 
Old 05-02-2005, 05:47 PM   #5
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Many livecds come with a hard drive installer.
If you want a one cd distro, suse is not it.

PCLinuxOS is a live cd based on Mandrake so when you use the ( very easy ) installer, then you will have a one cd installation of Mandrake. Also, Xandros is quite user friendly and is a one cd install.
 
Old 05-02-2005, 05:47 PM   #6
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ya iv tried ubuntu and seemed to like that the most, that and slack. but found ubuntu [or i guess the software it uses] to be buggy..
ok, i might try a mini install with suse 93, dunno..
 
Old 05-02-2005, 05:50 PM   #7
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I'd say Knoppix, too, in this case ... use the hd-installer,
pick the debian option and you'll be sweet :}


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Old 05-02-2005, 06:08 PM   #8
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debian is constantly coming up... are most great distros based on debian? should i just give that a shot? or is that a ~2gig download too
 
Old 05-02-2005, 06:23 PM   #9
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If you just changed from windows and want something similar til you get used to it try Simply Mepis or lindows. Both are 1 cd and Mepis is a live cd that you can try and then can be installed if you like it.
 
Old 05-02-2005, 08:32 PM   #10
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Knoppix and variants are at the top. Being able to configure my ADSL with just a few clicks is a real treat. It's even easier than Windows. They auto-configure everything, and also one of them (Kanotix64) was the ONLY one that succeeded booting on my AMD64 system. Also, being them HD-installable and Debian-like you get an easy yet powerful system to use after installing... and also you can apt-get whatever you feel is missing. Knoppix is "Debian-like" but not Debian itself - the full Debian download is something around 3 gigabytes(!).
 
Old 05-02-2005, 10:24 PM   #11
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ok im burning gentoo 2005.0 to a cd and gonna try and put that on now.. also downloading knoppix 3.8.1 and will try that see where things go..
thanks
 
Old 05-02-2005, 11:00 PM   #12
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Cool

I've tried most of the live cd's and have found that Simply Mepis 2004.6 or 3.3 are the most user friendly and are Debian based which means updating, upgrading, andpackage management are all a breeze. I liked PCLinuxOS also but packags management is no as easy. Knoppix is great to have on hand for any repair work on both Linux and windoze computers.Good Luck Woob PS You can pick up either Point and Click Linux or Knoppix Hacks at your local bookstore and each comes with the cd included which will educate you on what each can do.
 
Old 05-02-2005, 11:24 PM   #13
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alrighty.. ya i think im gonna definetly give knoppix a shot now.
just rebooted from booting the gentoo live installation cd.. wow. what a nitemare wasnt slack supposed to be hard to install!? lol.. im definetly not gonna be installing gentoo, dont know where to start with that.

as i said, im burning knoppix now and will reboot and check that out.. then probably give simplyMEMPIS a shot next.. then maybe put ubuntu 5 back on.. AGAIn, or slack 10.
 
Old 05-03-2005, 09:15 AM   #14
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I have Fedora Core 3, Mandrake10, Debian 3.0, and a hard drive install of Knoppix all running on separate machines. For ease and stability I keep using the Knoppix box more every day. The Knoppix install works good enough I haven't booted into XP Pro in over a month for anything that I have been doing. Even my 8 yr old does fine with it. Mepis was an excellent rescue CD for a crashed MS box I needed to salvage a bunch of data off of before i did a reinstall of XP. It looks to have a lot of promise.
 
  


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