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Old 08-17-2005, 06:33 PM   #1
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Question What Linux should I get?


Hello, I am switching from a Windows XP am I am wondering what *-Nix I should get. I know next to nothing about *-nix but I am more than willing to learn. As for what I know about Windows I have 4 1/2 years of experaince. I am 13 now. I know no progaming languages besides HTML.
I have looked up into Linspire and that seems to be the best for complete n00bs.


I am looking for a computer that can run windows programs or atlest is easy to find the programs I am looking for. [Mainly anti spyware/virus prgrams,Mozilla Firefox,If possible (I doubt it) a router can run from a Windows to the computer.

Thank you for your time
 
Old 08-17-2005, 06:44 PM   #2
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Get the most expensive one, That's always the best...!! (kidding)

Try some live CD's and see which one best fits your needs and Hardware... Then you can Either install the LiveCD to your HD or get the Install .iso's for that version...

http://www.linux-sec.net/Distro/froz...ivecd.php.html

I would suggest duel booting Win/Linux

KC
 
Old 08-17-2005, 06:44 PM   #3
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Take this quiz to find out where to start:

http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/index.php

You don't need to worry about viruses and spyware in Linux.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 06:49 PM   #4
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I took it beofre and Got Linspire and Xandros which one (If there is another please post) should I get?
 
Old 08-17-2005, 07:04 PM   #5
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I took it beofre and Got Linspire and Xandros which one (If there is another please post) should I get?
Linspire costs too much money and logs you in as root by default. I'd go with Xandros, then.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 07:37 PM   #6
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Linspire = 60$
Xandron V.3 Basic= 50$
I have retook the quiz and came up with

Mandriva and PCLinuxOS for Live disk which on eout of the two would suite my needs the most?

Also if you could give me a url to a info site that shows me how to set up a live disk it will be great

(Sorry for all my questions)
 
Old 08-17-2005, 08:40 PM   #7
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PCLinuxOS is a great distro and nice and easy to install (you do it from the live cd, in a graphical enviroment).

http://www.pclinuxonline.com/pclos/index.html
 
Old 08-17-2005, 08:46 PM   #8
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I think ubuntu is a very nice newbie friendly distro, I have handed out discs for it and have gotten a lot of positive feedback.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 09:06 PM   #9
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Originally posted by devanh
Linspire = 60$
Xandron V.3 Basic= 50$
I have retook the quiz and came up with

Mandriva and PCLinuxOS for Live disk which on eout of the two would suite my needs the most?

Also if you could give me a url to a info site that shows me how to set up a live disk it will be great

(Sorry for all my questions)
No, Linspire isn't just $60. That's just for the OS. They also charge you a subscription fee to use their Click-N-Run software download service. Xandros has a free version called the Xandros OCE (open circulation edition) that's the same as the regular Xandros, except that you can burn CDs in it at only the slowest speed.

You don't have to set up a live CD. You just pop it in and boot to it... provided your BIOS is set to boot from CD.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 09:07 PM   #10
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I think ubuntu is a very nice newbie friendly distro, I have handed out discs for it and have gotten a lot of positive feedback.
Yes, Ubuntu is great... for me.. and for you, but it isn't great for everyone, especially people who are afraid of the command-line.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 09:09 PM   #11
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when do you need the cmd line with ubuntu?
 
Old 08-17-2005, 09:23 PM   #12
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when do you need the cmd line with ubuntu?
Editing /etc/fstab, editing /etc/X11/xorg.conf, editing /etc/apt/sources.list, editing /boot/grub/menu.lst... doing just about anything in Ubuntu Guide. I happen to think it's not difficult at all to simply copy and paste some instructions into the terminal, but some new users get intimidated by that.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 09:31 PM   #13
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lol....first of all, newbies have no business editing those files. That is why you get a newbie friendly distro. fstab, ubuntu uses hal so you don't need to edit it anyways, but last time I checked, newbies usually edit files with kedit, gedit, or some kinda text editor (other than vi, vim, emacs, and nano).
 
Old 08-17-2005, 10:36 PM   #14
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Mozilla Firefox,If possible (I doubt it)
unless the distro is a very small distro it will have firefox. Again, no need to worry about virii/spyware in linux. You won't need any programming skill, (unless you want to). I like Mandrake(now mandriva) when I started
 
Old 08-17-2005, 10:41 PM   #15
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lol....first of all, newbies have no business editing those files. That is why you get a newbie friendly distro. fstab, ubuntu uses hal so you don't need to edit it anyways, but last time I checked, newbies usually edit files with kedit, gedit, or some kinda text editor (other than vi, vim, emacs, and nano).
Yes, they do. A lot of the frequently asked questions in the Ubuntu forums are things like "How can I get my screen resolution working?" "How can I see the files on my Windows partition?" "How do I get MP3 support for Rhythmbox?" To do those, you need to use the command line. It's not enough to use a text editor because those configuration files you have to use sudo to edit. You can't edit them as user. "Laugh out loud" all you want. You've obviously never seen a frustrated newbie who knows only GUI try to install and use Ubuntu. They come on the Ubuntu forums all the time.

You're missing out on something incredibly important about Linux migration. Newbies don't usually have a Linux expert to install Linux for them. Newbies have to install and configure their own installations (I know I did a few months ago). Sure, if a newbie could say, "Hey, bosewicht, can you edit my configuration files and set up Ubuntu for me?" then a newbie would "have no business editing those files." Unless you're going to do a lot of home visits, though, Ubuntu will be out of the range of those afraid of the command line.

Now, an avid Ubuntu fan myself, I don't think copying and pasting a few commands takes an extraordinary amount of intelligence. However, some people are deathly afraid of the command-line, no matter how easy it is.

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