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Old 10-11-2003, 10:43 PM   #1
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Question What is the best distribution for a newbie


I downloaded mandrake, but have some difficulties, downloaded redhat and had some problems to, what is the best one for a newbie I would like to learn linux
 
Old 10-11-2003, 10:45 PM   #2
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I think Red Hat is the easiest for me
 
Old 10-11-2003, 10:59 PM   #3
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Mandrake
 
Old 10-11-2003, 11:01 PM   #4
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would be nice if you told us what the difficulties are. Some difficulties don't have much to do with any particular distro.
 
Old 10-11-2003, 11:04 PM   #5
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JAMD Linux

Think of it as RedHat 9 with all the crap removed. I too tried RedHat and had lots of issues...then switched to JAMD and found my home. Oh and it fits on one CD too.

trinity
 
Old 10-11-2003, 11:16 PM   #6
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Of the common distro's I'd say Mandrake is the most user friendly and getting you set up and all your hardware running.
 
Old 10-12-2003, 10:27 AM   #7
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eh i found it easier to find more progs for redhat and its easier to make a large synaptic d-base
 
Old 10-12-2003, 10:39 AM   #8
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mandrake is REALLY easy-to-use and user-friendly...i doubt you were having distro-related problems...
but if it's windows-for-linux kind of distribution you want (it's for the beginners...), then try the Lycoris, Lindows or IcePack - they're very windows-like
 
Old 10-12-2003, 10:50 AM   #9
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I run linux for about a week (Red Hat 9.0) .. I think it's fine
 
Old 10-12-2003, 12:51 PM   #10
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Definately Lycoris
 
Old 10-12-2003, 02:14 PM   #11
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i started with redhat, and now moved to debian.
 
Old 10-12-2003, 07:45 PM   #12
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If I may add a question to this post... Is there any way to decide which distribution is best for a newbie bareing in mind that different distribuitions have different orientations?

For example, I've tryied Red Hat 9.0 and it just worked fine after installing but I am having some problems playing media. I know Mandrake is quite easy to install, user-frendly and media-oriented. Is that best distro for me?
Any tips for choosing it?
 
Old 10-12-2003, 08:02 PM   #13
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I started in 94 with do it yourself kit outta some book called LINUX. In 2000 became a certified sys. admin for ntown internet provider. in 2002 got rhce, and i am now doing computer forensic's for the state and i think i've run every popular distro there is and some that are not. all but the ppc build anyhow. I think like most mandrake has the cleanest install easiest to setup a newbies hardware internet etc. Most ppl seem to prefer redhat or suse or debian. All have their plus's and minus mandrake included. And all this horseshit means is i can't tell you what is best for you, try 'em and throw 'em away till you find one "YOU" like

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Old 10-12-2003, 08:10 PM   #14
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there are several distros that are "best for newbie" - mandrake, redhat, lycoris, libranet, suse, etc. they're ALL best for newbie, because only thing required for newbie-distro title is easy to use...nd they all have it...
but what you're asking is what is the best distro in general, and there's no answer for that...
you see, everyone has different needs and preferences(just like everyone else is saying), and no-one can tell you what's the best one for you - you have to try couple of them and then choose which you like best...
the first and second distro you install should be from the "best for newbie" list - you should use EACH of them for a couple of months, and learn HOW linux works - learn how to use command line...then you can try one of the advanced distros (slackware, debian, gentoo, vector...) - only after you get to know that distro you'll know which one is best for you...
so, what you should do, is stick with RH for another month or 2, and try to learn as much as possible; then install mandrake instead and use it for 3-4 months, getting more proffesional with commandline and everything; search the net for installation documents for advanced distros - once you understood it, install that distro; use it for couple of months and then you'll know which one suits you best
 
Old 10-12-2003, 08:34 PM   #15
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Great... thanx for your answers!
 
  


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