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Old 10-29-2006, 01:53 AM   #16
jacook
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Kubuntu
http://www.kubuntu.org/

Uses KDE desktop, one CD install works both as a live and Install CD. Be wary it is a bit bloated.

Mandriva
http://frontal2.mandriva.com/en/downloads/mirrors

This is what PCLinuxOS is based on it is a BIG distrobution with all you will ever need


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.

BeatrIX
http://www.watsky.net/download.html

This Distro is small fast and effective, the ultimite Workers CD

Blag
http://www.blagblagblag.org/download/

is A one CD install of Fedora Core

OPENSUSE
http://www.opensuse.org/Download


Mephis
http://www.mepis.org/

Everything you will ever need on 1 CD. Hardware detection is exelent, as is the feel and look of the distro

you might also want to try out Fedora Core, loads of programming tools:
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Mirrors

oh also before I forget I have recently accuired a KVM switch that allows you to run two machines with one Monotor and keyboard, if you don't want to dual boot that would be the way to go

Hope this Helps,

Jake
 
Old 10-29-2006, 07:22 PM   #17
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I too do Windows development work with Visual Studio and lots of web work using JAVA.

Less than a year ago I swapped over to Linux for my personal machine, the command line is back ! it will take you back to your old DOS days !

Linux is great for programmers and engineers you'll be up and running in no time and the choices are unlimited !
I'm presently running Mandriva 2006 with a KDE desktop, I love it !

My Linux box is stacked on top of my identical Windows XP Professional machine for the development work. Both boxes are identical Compaq Evo 1.8 Ghz machines, no fancy video or sound cards. No hardware problems and very little tweaking required for Linux.

I personally recommend Mandriva 2007 with KDE, it appears lots of Linux pros use Slackware, going to give it a try someday.
 
Old 10-30-2006, 08:48 PM   #18
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For me it would be Debian but any distro will work. And like many before me, I recommend a dual boot setup in your case. Also, since you are a programmer, why not look up wxWidgets (and MinGW as the compiler). It's a cross platform GUI toolkit so when you are ready to program some Linux app, give this some thought. I too suffer from split personalties (of the Windows and Linux kind). Windows at work and Linux at home (although I am starting to convert many co-workers ). I do develop some C++ apps in Windows for my job but at least I can control what I can use (which is wxWidgets).
 
  


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