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Old 08-17-2005, 06:53 AM   #1
Pedy
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Which distro to start with?!


I wanted to begin linux.then I asked some people to guide me which distro should I start with? they

recomended me to start with SuSE or Mandrake.

I got SuSE Professional 9.1 CDs (the latest version on that time) but I had a problem during

installation.I described the problem in the linuxquestions.org forum and waiting for solutions

( I couldn't Post my topic URL because I just had one post! If you want to help me go to DIstros, SUSE/NOVELL, my topic: An error occurred during the Installation ).

But my main question:

If I couldn't solve my SuSE problem which distro do you recommend for a windows user to start with penguin world?!!
 
Old 08-17-2005, 06:59 AM   #2
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This topic has been discussed (too?) *many* times. Search the forums.

I also suggest you read http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm

Wishing you the best of luck w. GNU/Linux --Jonas
 
Old 08-17-2005, 07:50 AM   #3
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Well, if you're having installation problems, maybe try Fedora? It's about the easiest install I've seen.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 09:46 AM   #4
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i would have to agree with jeff on ease of installation but i hear everyone saying mandrake or now known as mandriva is very user friendly but its all in what ur prefference is. what works for one person isnt gonna be same for others i tryed a bunch of distros and still trying them but Fedora Core 4 is my main choice for me however ive been working on ubuntu more and more the past few days.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 10:01 AM   #5
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Linux Distribution Chooser

It's not perfect, but it should give you a good place to start.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 10:03 AM   #6
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http://distrowatch.com
All you need to know of distros
 
Old 08-20-2005, 12:22 PM   #7
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SlackerLX and others: you may want to be interested in my view on recommending distrowatch to newbies who're choosing their first distro. You can find it here:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=355215

my two cents --Jonas
 
Old 08-20-2005, 12:29 PM   #8
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Talking

I believe you underestimate the brain capacity of newbies and their eagerness to learn.
Distrowatch has all necessary links to reviews, previews and articles which need to be read before choosing wisely.
And about that test of yours...
It recommended me Mepis and Fedora which I detest the most! I wouldn't put too much faith in that musing javascript!!

 
Old 08-20-2005, 01:38 PM   #9
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I agree with SlackerLX. Distrowatch is a good place to start. Read the reviews that are linked to under each distro. They usually give good information as to the pros and cons.

As far as a first distro, I personally think Ubuntu is a great one to start with.

Oh, and welcome to LQ!

Dont worry, you will get a lot of answers like RTFM, search google, or use the search function from posters here. But there are some great rersources here that can help you get pointed in the right direction. Don't be afraid to ask questions. If people didnt, then what would be the point of a forum like this....

Last edited by Netizen; 08-20-2005 at 01:41 PM.
 
Old 08-20-2005, 01:53 PM   #10
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I acknowledge that distrowatch has value. I hope you can acknowledge that the tests I recommend have value too (even if not for you).

In any case, I'm ready to agree in disagreeing :-)

--Jonas
 
Old 08-20-2005, 02:10 PM   #11
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This is the disclaimer on the front page of the Distribution Chooser site:

Please remember that this is not a scientific test, but a fairly "rough" test, to help aid newcomers in finding a distribution to use. We know there could have been more questions, tailored to more experienced users, but we have picked the ones we found most appropriate for newcomers.

We are planning on expanding this test to more experienced users as well.


So Slackware users--just chill. The quiz is not for you.
 
  


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