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I am not sure which distro I should install on my new computer. About 3 days ago, I downloaded Ubuntu on an old family computer, but I cannot run .rpm files (LimeWire, BitTorrent, 3ddesktop) easily, which I really want. I am very, very new to Linux, and I don't really understand command lines. That being said, I also don't want a dumbed down version either. What do you recommend? It will be dual-boot (w/ Windows) on a 160 Gig AMD Athlon 64 system, if that matters.
Xandros is easier than hell. I really love Slack, the install is fool proof.
Mandrake and Red Hat are cool too. I really don't trust SuSE but meh - www.linuxiso.com that's a good site if you're new to Linux. I use distrowatch but that's not that great if you're just starting out. Best of luck to you.
RH is Fedora technically. Red Hat is really old but I like it a bit more than Fedora. That's just me though. Mandrake looks really cool but it's really limited, Fedora comes with a ton of cool programs while Mandrake is iffy on programs. Both are really easy installs, my personal opinion would be is to get Fedora. My first distro was Red Hat and I really enjoyed it I then moved on to Fedora and thought it was pretty good. The decision is really all up to you - I can only give you personal advice.
Originally posted by mrchaos don't go for slack... it's harder to use than a fishing pole in a desert >. I'd go for fedora core 3... or wait for final release 4, which is apparently due in a month or so.
Slackware really isn't that hard..... you just can't be scared of the command line is all....
You could create partitions for two linux installs. If it's possible, create a extended partition and a primary partition, too. Then you have the possibility to try out some distributions without the fear to screw something up - the primary partition allows to install FreeBSD, that is too hard for the beginning, but might be worth to try after your first steps on the commandline
My tip: Install Mandrake (found it a good beginner's distro) or Fedora in your first linux partition and try the others (like Slackware, Ubuntu, Debian ...) in the second one. And I have stand in line wsith dx0r515tdx0r515t: Slackware might be a little hard for you, if you are completely new to Linux and commandline, but you can manage it even without being any magician or voodoo priest. The proof for that statement: I'm managing it right now, step by step :P
Originally posted by titopoquito You could create partitions for two linux installs. If it's possible, create a extended partition and a primary partition, too. Then you have the possibility to try out some distributions without the fear to screw something up - the primary partition allows to install FreeBSD, that is too hard for the beginning, but might be worth to try after your first steps on the commandline
Could I create two separate linux partitions during an install? I am probably going to install RH 5.2 because I A) have it in my hands B) it is easy to install. Slackware looks interesting, but I am concerned with ease of installation. I fear no command line.
I don't know the red hat installation process. When you install Slackware, you get the chance to do some partitioning first. I guess there will be no difference when you install Red Hat. So you could create some more partitions, but use only the ones you need in each installation.
E. g. you could create one swap partition, two "/" root partitions, and two for each "/home" at least, maybe additional for "/var" and "/tmp", thats what I did. You can read often something like "Linux is about offering the freedom to chose". If you have found "your" distro you can easily free up the additional space and stick with only one distribution, whether it may be Red Hat, Unbuntu, Slackware, Debian, Mepis, Mandrake, Fedora or any of the thousand others available
The slackware installation process is not very graphical, but easy. You don't have to be a commandline wizard for that. Read the instructions on the monitor carefully and you will manage it with no problem. But you will have to configure your X-server from commandline after that. Just type xorgconfig to do this, you will be guided through this, but have your hardware specs near you (refresh rates of monitor, which graphic card do you have). After that you could type "startx" and look into KDE or another Desktop environment/window manager and explore the commandline in a terminal window. That's not too complicated.
Don't be afraid of Slackware. It's effecively not more difficult to manage than the other distros I tried, but it might look more difficult at the first glance. I can only encourage you to try it [no, I don't want to start a flame war; it was and is just a good learning platform for myself].
I just couldn't find it, but here is it: A installation guide for Slackware. Even if it's older the installation will pretty quite be the same. The only "tricky" part I see for myself is the partitioning. Maybe this helps you in deciding if it might be the right thing for you now and if it's easy enough.