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Old 08-08-2004, 11:47 PM   #1
nat27
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What Linux version is the most reliable?


I'am currently a Windows user and I don't know anything about Linux yet. I'm planning to install a Linux in my computer I'll probably buy a book with a free CD.

Can you suggest which Linux version is the most reliable? I'm planning to use Linux because my Windows 2000 is having problems with viruses and my friend told me that Linux doesn't have a known virus.

My friend also told me that there is a program or patch for Linux, the programs purpose is to run windows programs in Linux. Is this true?


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Old 08-08-2004, 11:54 PM   #2
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Slackware or Debain are the most reliable, however they are also the most user unfriendly. I would not recommend you use them for your first installation.

Try Fedora or Mandrake. Both of these are user friendly and easy to use and FREE.

There are also commercial distributions such as Xandros, Lindows and Lycoris. There are very user friendly and act much the same way as windows.


And yes there is a project called wine that enables you to install and run some windows applications on linux. Go to www.winehq.org and www.frankscorner.org for more information.
 
Old 08-09-2004, 12:29 AM   #3
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Gentoo. Like debain, but more active and more support. www.gentoo.org
 
Old 08-09-2004, 12:38 AM   #4
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gentoo doesn't have the reputation as being the most reliable, though. i second jax8's recommendations. get mandrake or fedora.
 
Old 08-09-2004, 01:48 AM   #5
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Try before you buy, download knoppix in windows, and burn it. You can then boot a complete Linux distro, verify that all your hardware is supported, and try it out. It does not do anything to your hard drive and runs 100% off your CD. It is an easy way to verify that all your hardware works (i.e. winmodem, onboard sound, onboard video, etc if you have them)

You may also want to check here...
http://www.linux-mandrake.com/en/hardware.php3
it is a comprehensive database. You don't have to use Mandrake, they simply offer an easy to use database to find hardware.

What your friend is talking about is wine, which is a windows compatibility layer. It is not the easiest to use. Which apps do you think you want to keep? Except for games, there are usually Linux equivalents to Windows apps that run native.

http://linuxshop.ru/linuxbegin/win-l...en/table.shtml

Linux, the kernel is extremely reliable. The difference between distros is basically, user interface, packages, package management, and optimizations. That said, all are very reliable. I don't have recollection of rebooting or restarting Suse ever. Sure, the odd app dies, but you just restart it.

Another source...
http://wave.prohosting.com/hlrguy/OEMLinux.html

May seem like a lot of work, however, you will leave the world of insecurity, rebooting to install software, rebooting several times/day behind. Virus/trojans/worms/spyware become a thing of the past, and you get to be in charge of your computer again.

RO
 
Old 08-09-2004, 07:12 AM   #6
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gentoo is completely stable. U just have to know how to use it.
 
Old 08-09-2004, 11:07 AM   #7
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stability and reliability are two different things. i've read more than one account of people's gentoo system just sort of "blowing up" one day after a few months of stable use. maybe those cases were the result of user error, but then all the more reason for newbies to avoid it. i also would never recommend to someone new a distro that you take more time compiling than using.
 
Old 08-09-2004, 12:05 PM   #8
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try mandrake 10.0 .....when u get accustomed 2 it...u can go 4 slackware/debian etc...
 
Old 08-09-2004, 12:33 PM   #9
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hi there

why do not u check out
knoppix

which is live cd distro

and u can get known to the working of linux and do not care about anything going wrong
just reboot and it is fine again

regards
gaurav
 
Old 08-10-2004, 01:06 AM   #10
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i agree with all the guys, you should go with a user friendly distro such as mandrake or fedora. In cas you still want to give slackware a try, you can download slax which is a live cd distro, is almost the same as knoppix the only difference is that slax is based on slackware, where as knoppix is based on debian.
 
Old 08-10-2004, 11:23 AM   #11
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have a look at xandros

very much same working environment as windows

it has recently released launches a free version xandros 2.0

have a look at

www.xandros.org

regards

gaurav
 
Old 08-10-2004, 01:32 PM   #12
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From all my experience with Suse, the only times I ever rebooted were to start up windows! And that wasn't much....

Honestly, its more a matter of difficulty rather than reliability. You install almost any distro, except linspire, of course, correctly and you're going to have a reliable, stable system on your hands. The difficulty with Linux, and certain distros, of course, is the correct installation=not easy. I suggest Suse for ease of installation. Good for beginners, but still allowing for customization, just not of the degree that is slackware.
 
  


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