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Old 03-22-2004, 04:31 PM   #1
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Suggested Distributions


I'm used to windows right but I would like to start using linux. What would be the best distribution to start with? I have red hat right now. or are there any tutorials you might suggest I use or books I might read. I'm just wondering how to make the conversion from windows to linux could be made easier.
 
Old 03-22-2004, 04:34 PM   #2
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Try the following sites for distro suggestions:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/reviews/index.php
www.distrowatch.com

And of course, use the search button - this question is asked time and time again.
 
Old 03-22-2004, 05:06 PM   #3
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If you want to just play around with linux a bit with out commiting to any distro or hard drive space, you can try one of the boot CD's like mandrakemove or knoppix. Set your bios to boot from cd with one of those CD's in and it will load up linux with out writting anything to your hard drive.

a buddy at work played a joke on me by putting a demo linux CD in my drive so when I booted it looked like I was running linux. after a freaking for a bit, I figured out what was up. I then brought the CD home and it got me started down the linux path.

I was told mandrake was the easiest for new users so I went that way, I have no other distro experiance to compare it with but I like it. If your making the switch from windows, I'd recommend useing the KDE shell at first. I found mandrake set everything up for me and as far as web surfing, printing, email and what not, It was ready to go with out any confusion on my part. Once I started digging under the hood though, (Im not a passive PC user) then I started scratching my head alot. but hey, I love fudging with computers and learning what makes them tick and what not so linux is my new hobby.
 
Old 03-22-2004, 05:15 PM   #4
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Follow dworkin reccomendations.
Mandrake's documentation is very good as well.
Then as you get more experienced try Slackware.... the real Linux spirit (for me of course)
Ciao
 
Old 03-22-2004, 05:46 PM   #5
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slackware or gintoo? I was thinking of migrating to gintoo once I got comfortable but as I've got aways to go yet, I'll leave that decsion for later.
 
Old 03-22-2004, 10:35 PM   #6
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http://wwwcache.ja.net/dev/kickstart...onolithic.html try this not bad,david
 
Old 03-23-2004, 12:34 AM   #7
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Try out a variety of distros, and decide for yourself which one best fits your needs/preferences. One good central locations for free Linux downloads is www.linuxiso.org Have fun -- J.W.
 
Old 03-23-2004, 12:48 AM   #8
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For documentation

http://www.starnetok.net/~jallen/boo...mentation.html
 
Old 03-23-2004, 07:58 AM   #9
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thanks

thanks for your help I'm now downloading mandrake linux although I've heard from my one friend that debian is the best. But I think I'm just going to stick with mandrake for now.
 
Old 03-26-2004, 06:53 AM   #10
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cd's don't boot

I tried to install mandrake but it didn't work so i installed redhat. so far redhat hasn't worked at all for me I attempted to set up my internet but it didn't work. So would someone be able to tell me how to install mandrake linux the cd's wouldn't boot.
 
Old 03-26-2004, 04:04 PM   #11
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Do you have dial up,dsl,lan what,david
 
Old 03-26-2004, 05:08 PM   #12
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I had troubles at first getting the mandrake disks to boot too. I will assume you downloaded the latest version, 10.0.

The first thing to check is the MD5 checksum of the files you downloaded. this info is available on the download page but I posted it here for convienance.

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MD5 checksum:

Mandrakelinux-10.0-Community-Download-CD1.i586.iso
d42231c6b9fc51628e239c222732133d

Mandrakelinux-10.0-Community-Download-CD2.i586.iso
b8de38902ca851478f6bd938b9c57f27

Mandrakelinux-10.0-Community-Download-CD3.i586.iso
19c7e628a6da55adf7a84a06126c2ec4
If your currently running windows, you can DL a MD5 checker here from here...

http://www.fourmilab.ch/md5/

If you DLed the iso's with MS IE its possable it didnt pull them in binary format and or they got corrupted while DLing. checking the MD5 value of the iso files will let you know if you have a good copy before burning to CD.

This is strange but is what happened to me. I DLed the ISO's , the first one with IE, the other two with mozilla. (thought id save time so pulled two at once from differnt mirrors) the first one booted up, but wouldnt install, it told me I didnt have a valid install disk, I found out the MD5 was bad. The other two were ok so I DLd CD 1 with mozilla, the MD5 was ok now but it wouldn't boot ? to get around this, I put my bad CD 1 in, it booted, then when it said it wasnt valid and prompted me to put a valid install disk in, I put the good one in and all was well.

If all your checksums check out, try booting with one of the other 2 cd's, if none of them boot, you can DL an img file from mandrake to put on a floppy and then boot from that. or follow these instructions from the install section on CD 1

Quote:
If your computer cannot boot from the CDROM, you must make a boot floppy under Windows as follows:

* insert the CDROM, then open the icon "My Computer", right click on the CDROM drive icon and select "Open"

* go into the "dosutils" directory and double-click on the "rawwritewin" icon

* insert a blank floppy in the floppy drive

* select "D:\images\cdrom.img" in the "Image File" field (assuming that your CDROM drive is "D:", otherwise replace "D:" as needed)

* select "A:" in the "Floppy Drive" field then click on "Write". To begin the installation:
* insert the CDROM in the drive, as well as the boot floppy, then

* restart the computer.
Hope all that helps.

dworkin
 
Old 03-27-2004, 12:35 AM   #13
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I started out with RedHat...wouldn't recommend it. I'd recommend slackware, because it taught me a lot about linux (even just from an installation standpoint)
 
  


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