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Old 01-23-2007, 05:23 PM   #1
Havfunonline
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Which Distribution? All opinions welcome


I know this must get asked at least a thousand times a day, but as I have never used linux before, and know very little about it this seemed like a good place to turn. I don't know any/many experienced computer users, so I would appreciate help.

I'm going to be installing it on a partition on my hard drive, on a brand new computer (Pentium IV, Core 2 Duo 6600), I just want to know basically what Linux distributions would benefit me how. As a basic user using it for experimentation and basic level C++ Java and Pascal programming (hopefully web clienting as well)

Cheers in advance
 
Old 01-23-2007, 05:37 PM   #2
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On the right hand side of this web page is a "Main menu", in there is a link called "search". You should ask that question through that link, because this question is asked every single day and through that link you will find thousands of answers to your query. Are you actually looking for an answer to your question, or are you looking for someone to talk too?

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Old 01-23-2007, 05:46 PM   #3
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as I say, I just joined this website, and want to know people's opinions specifically. But will do, thanks.
 
Old 01-23-2007, 05:58 PM   #4
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Lots of opinions in every thread you'll find through search, I had a feeling all you wanted was to "Have fun on-line".
 
Old 01-23-2007, 06:34 PM   #5
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Also, you can go to DistroWatch.com (Major Distros), and get some kind of idea of what the different ones offer.
 
Old 01-23-2007, 06:50 PM   #6
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I would probably use a noobproof distro like Morphix... And the best part is that its a Live CD.
 
Old 01-23-2007, 09:42 PM   #7
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Distribution chooser : http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/in...firsttime=true
 
Old 01-23-2007, 10:58 PM   #8
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Distribution tests like shrikant linked are amusing but don't put to much stock in them. I answered the questions in a way to get a new user result.

Recommended were;
ubuntu
Kubuntu
Mandriva

fair enough

Near matches but "failed these criteria" > "may require linux knowledge"
PCLinuxOS
Mepis

LOL

Havfunonline

Just pick one of the top ten at distrowatch and go with it. Odds are better than even that you will end up testing a few before finding your home.
 
Old 01-24-2007, 05:33 AM   #9
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Look people,

When I was young, there was no such thing as Internet, after school we would have to find something to do, allot of times we would get our kicks playing games with dumb animals on the farm and have a ball provoking them to do dumb things based on their natural instincts.
Here in north america, the land that used to be farmed by 150 farmers in the past is now farmed by 1 farmer/family. Urban life is a rarety compared to when I was young. What kids nowadays do after school is go home and either sit in front of the television, or what is becoming ever more popular, they plunk themselves down in front of the computer and chat with each other, but even that is boring so not only are they chattin' with 8 or 10 friends, they search for forums to chat with strangers, some kids have no friends and strictly do the forum thing.
So today they join two or three random forums and tomorrow they join again under another account plus a couple other forums looking for something to pass the time, they have 100 or so e-mail addresses from Yahoo, Hotmail etc.
Some are a little swift and they come to places like LQ and find there are a lot of adults here, so they attempt to pass themselves off as one and usually ask the same questions like the one that was asked here. Why?, as I said they are swift, and come to realize if they ask a question with a controversial word like "opinion" in it, eventually they can see a cock fight, as it is easy to see there are a lot of Peacocks here with one track minds who's only goal here is to show the other Peacocks who has the better tail feathers.
Kids today are no different than when I was a kid, except today they play with the dumb animals on-line. They have nothing better to do, then they go back to school tomorrow and tell a few about the cock fight they initiated and come back to try again.
When a child tells you indirectly, they just want to have fun on-line, well....whatever.
I know you/I should still treat newbies as someone with a genuine interest in Linux, do something similar to what I did, point them in the best direction, take a close look at thread history, profile, etc., don't be a pawn in their playpen because this is their playpen.

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Old 01-24-2007, 05:53 AM   #10
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fair enough junior hacker..
But i was wondering ...how come you wasted your time in writing this big story which could hv been written in only one line...
i guess even you are having fun on-line....lolz
 
Old 01-24-2007, 02:42 PM   #11
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haha, its a tag I've used for the last 4 years because there was a limit on a user name on a game I started playing to take the piss outta my brother, but whatever. Excuse me for wanting to broaden my horizons. Spent an hour searching the site, like you requested and didn't find a whole lot to answer my question specifically. Love the fascism against children with little linux fluency, its really encouraging.

Thanks for the help guys, was searching the web and this was the first place I came to. Thanks for the info, I'll check those out, thanks.
 
Old 01-24-2007, 07:08 PM   #12
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Perhaps, if one were to read some of my past posts, one may be able to see where I come from.

FACT: I am an entrepreneur and charge for services which include computer repair.
FACT: I reside in a Windows dominant society, (I do not repair Linux)

Linux systems around here (Mostly Debian as it is still free) are under the control of the company that takes care of their network systems for a monthly fee.

FACT: Most home computer owners know little about their OS or computer hardware and thus do not know how to navigate the filesystem.
FACT: Most home computer owners can't afford the time, or have their priorities wrong when it comes to using security features to limit what the children do on-line, and allot of the children are more computer savvy than the parents.
FACT: Most of the customer computer repair involves speeding up the turtle effect Windows gets after excessive software installation/removal.
FACT: Allot of my customers want to know what their children do on-line after school when not supervised. (Or whenever for that matter).

Before I wipe out a hard drive to re-build from scratch, I go through the entire filesystem looking for data that may need to be backed up.
I also check where on the internet the computer spends most of it's time. And actually read the posts in the forums where this computer has been.

I probably do not need to elaborate any further, and will not attempt to convince anybody to trust me on this as it goes against what I preach, "Do not believe everything you see on TV, or in a public forum for that matter".

PS: An individual with four years experience in public forums would know how to use powerful words such as "fascism" carefully in a public place.
 
Old 01-25-2007, 07:10 AM   #13
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correction, SHOULD know how to use powerful words like fasicm in a public forum.

I am not disagreeing with you at all. You are right. I am just a stupid kid experimenting where he doesn't belong. We do break things we shouldn't and say things just for effect and response. This however was a genuine question, because I've tried surveys like the ones suggested, and a computers advice is still based on a dumb machine with a limited number of responses. The reason I used the word opinion is because which linux distro I should use is just that, an opinion. I was unable to come to an informed decision myself, and sought help from a community of people, like yourself who are very educated in the matter.

Use of the word fascism, again was intentional, because, as you seem to analyse everyone's word use, your abrasive manner and use of a pointless anecdote, as a way of sounding (obviously correctly) intelligent, was unnecessary. I have a lot to learn about internet conduct, because the majority of my experience, is limited, especially that in the sense that the 40,000 strong forum I helped run was infact mainly consistant of a under 16 member base.

Nevermind eh, I think we can leave it at that.
 
Old 01-25-2007, 06:48 PM   #14
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try these:

Kubuntu
http://www.kubuntu.org/


Mandriva
http://www.mandriva.com/community/mandrivaone


PCLinuxOS .92
http://ftp.nluug.nl/pub/metalab/dist...glish/preview/
ftp://ftp.nluug.nl/pub/metalab/distr...glish/preview/

This is the distro I use and recommend, Why because it works right out of the box. No need to configure Everything, everything just works. It also comes as a 1 CD install that is a live CD that you can install later if you wish.

Mephis
http://www.mepis.org/
 
Old 01-25-2007, 07:39 PM   #15
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Refine your query to reflect your desires/needs.

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