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I'm a frustrated Linux wannabe, bascially i keep coming back to Linux every couple of months with the (as yet unsuccessfully) hope of leaving Windows behind forever.
Basically i have a dual boot system setup with Slackware, which i never use because i never managed to get it configured properly. But hey at least i think about booting into Linux everytime i boot up.
So what do i want:
1. To be able to access the internet, i have a wireless US robotics card and a router setup with WPA encrytion. This has proved the biggest hurdle, as it's a nightmare to read forums and download into windows, only then to reboot into linux and try to install the card, aaaargh. Never managed to get it working!!!!!
2. Preferably a distribution which is relatively easy to use and doesn't require me to be an expert to install..... have tried madrake(was ok not overly impressed), suse(er couldn't download as the only supply the dvd image and haven't got a dvd burner, great) and slackware(got installed but couldn't access internet)
So help me please. Or will just end up forgetting Linux for another 6 months.
Please supply specific information about the hardware and the problems you're having configuring it and we'll be happy to help you. I think you'll really like Slack once you get past this small hurdle.
Try running Fedora core 3, I have found that core 3 sets up really easy. it will set up so that the default is core 3. for the wirless card try NDISWrapper it is a wrapper that will let you run the windows driver for your card. do a search in the forum for NDISWrapper.
The wireless card i have is the USR 5410 - Cable wireless card 100 Mbps.
I do have Slackware 10.1 installed on the system, but i don't want to go through all the hassle of setting it up to get to the same place i did last time. Which was spending hours trying to get ndiswrapper to work and think when i eventually did it couldn't get it to support wpa-psk encrytion.
I used to have slackware 10.0 with dropline gnome, which i really liked but gave up after failing miserably to get access to the internet. So hoped that 10.1 might have better support, but actually couldn't even get it to startx. Usb mouse problems as per usual and that brought back tediously bad linux memories and stopped there.
Which kind of leads me to think that there must be a simpler and more supported linux distro that would be better for me to start with.
Many people are hopping on Ubuntu bandwagon ttp://www.ubuntulinux.org/ I personally use Debian. I have been through many distros(Slackware, Redhat 8, Mandrake, SuSE, Knoppix, many other live CDs, Gentoo[yes, even those guys], and possibly a few more I cannot thing of including Ubuntu) and I am most comfortable with Debian.
I suggest Ubuntu, because, I have tried it and like where it is going. It is a more user friendly distribution based on Debian(know for stability). What Ubuntu offers also is newer software than Debian(which is why I suppose many users may have moved to Ubuntu). If you do not like the GNOME desktop of Ubuntu you may want to do a search on Kubuntu that has KDE. I have been been through many distros and have gained enough knowledge to be comfortable with less-newbie friendly distros, and I predict you eventually will too. I'm not suggesting that one should continually progress to harder distributions. I'm suggesting that you choose what you feel is the most comfortable distribution. The developer and distribution's online community may also be something to consider when choosing a distribution.
If you want to explore other Linux systems you can try: distrowatch.com
Ark and Yoper are other distributions that are not yet mature(not as sure a obut Yoper) that offer speed and user friendliness.
You may also want to explore any distribution that has a good package management system (the program that manages all your installed programs). deb(apt) or rpm are desirable. Mandrake has urpmi(I guess) and Debian-based distros tend to stick with apt(which I really like). There are also graphical interfaces for these command-line programs. Ubuntu and Debian have packages available for "Synaptic" to manage apt programs(.deb extention).