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Old 07-18-2008, 12:25 PM   #1
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What is the best linux for home use?


I want to try linux at my personal PC. What is the best version for home use?
 
Old 07-18-2008, 12:29 PM   #2
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Wel I use Mandriva 2008 spring and Suse 11 and Fedora 9
I must admit that Mandriva 2008 spring and Suse 11 are my favorite , every thing works out of the box anyhow for me
and they are easy to use


all the best
 
Old 07-18-2008, 12:35 PM   #3
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Ah, that is the question -- the answer is... it depends.

What is it that you want to do? Learn the operating system and its utilities? Develop programs? Play games? Write a novel?

Are you comfortable with the concept of typing commands or using a text editor or are you more comfortable with "click and hope?"

Give some thought to those and perhaps describe your goals then ask the question...
 
Old 07-18-2008, 12:40 PM   #4
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It also depends on your computer knowledge. From what I've gathered, Ubuntu is very easy to use, and some people swear by it. Others say that you lose control in it, the control that most people like in linux. I'm a fan of Debian, apt-get is so easy to use.
 
Old 07-18-2008, 12:47 PM   #5
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If you just want to "try it out", get a live CD such as this one.
 
Old 07-18-2008, 12:54 PM   #6
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anything in the top ten on the "hit list" at distrowatch.
 
Old 07-18-2008, 03:15 PM   #7
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Thanks! I use Centos for my server and decided to try it at home…
How can I know what better if all my life I use windows?! I think I go with Ubuntu =) he looks really good http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC5uEe5OzNQ
 
Old 07-18-2008, 04:57 PM   #8
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Thanks! I use Centos for my server and decided to try it at home…
How can I know what better if all my life I use windows?! I think I go with Ubuntu =) he looks really good http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC5uEe5OzNQ
Hehehe nice link, just be patient when you try to install Compiz on your new ubuntu
 
Old 07-18-2008, 06:41 PM   #9
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Use the distribution that fits your needs in terms of supported applications and drivers, and also take into consideration which one is supported the most in your local area (a friend using distro X, a nearby computer shop with a preference for distro B, etc).

If everything else fails, choose the distribution that has the nicest logo in your opinion. It should also have proper documentation on their website.

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Old 07-18-2008, 07:59 PM   #10
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I want to try linux at my personal PC. What is the best version for home use?

Go to distrowatch. Do a search on Google.

With Linux being free, just try them all and find what works best for you. There is no need to ask others who may have differing opinions what is best for you. Go to the website above and find a distro that serves your needs.

If you are still on Windows, download Sun's Virtualbox and use the “free” VMware Workstation equivalent and compare the various distros side-by-side in a virtual environment.

Don’t ask other what you should do; determine that for yourself.
 
Old 07-18-2008, 08:47 PM   #11
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Thanks! I use Centos for my server and decided to try it at home…
How can I know what better if all my life I use windows?! I think I go with Ubuntu =) he looks really good http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC5uEe5OzNQ
If you like Red Hat based sitros, you might also want to give Fedora a twirl as many things will be similar (config file layout, use of yum, etc.). However, I use CentOS on servers at work, Fedora on my work desktop, Kubuntu on my home desktop, Linux From Scratch on my home server, and OpenBSD (not Linux, but another Unix-like OS) on my router so there's no need to limit yourself to just one :-D. But offhand I'd suggest starting with either Fedora, Ubuntu, Mandriva, or one of their direct derivatives and exploring out from there...
 
Old 07-18-2008, 10:02 PM   #12
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That depends.

There is Fedora, CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, SuSE, Slackware, Mandriva, and many more.

Different people will give yo different answers. But if want really easy and new-user-friendly, I would recommend going with Ubuntu or Fedora.
 
Old 07-19-2008, 07:53 AM   #13
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Thanks! I try it all))

I installed Ubuntu without any problem. BUT the text in firefox is very small and unreadable… if I make the it bigger by Mouse roll+Ctrl the design looks scary(
 
Old 07-19-2008, 08:09 AM   #14
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Firefox has settings for font size, including one for minimum font size. However, a poorly-design website does not always look good when you change the font size.

What are you monitor specs?
 
Old 07-19-2008, 08:44 AM   #15
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Ive just installed linux and i was wondering if mandriva or fedora are similar to linux,
 
  


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