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ok, i got a copy of turbo linux 6.0 server for free with my nic a year ago, I finally think that I want to install it but im not sure if turbo linux is the right one for me, everyone ive talked to says I should get redhat or mandrake. here are the specs of my old computer which i want to put it on:
on board audio
creative cr-rw and
a noname 40x cdrom
I know from nvidia's web page that they have drivers for SuSe, Redhat, and Mandrake. I was wondering which platform would be easier to install and use? Also how would I go about setting everything up I hear its hard.
This is asked all the time. A simple search should give you many results. If your totally new to Linux, might want to think about going with Mandrake or Redhat, Turbo isn't really a newbie distro.
Also, about setting up everything, that is sort of a vague question, search on this site, use google, ask specific questions and one of the best sites to get tons of documentation is www.tldp.org
Check it out. If your new to Linux, the best thing is to read, read some more and then read some more.
ok, there are like 20 versions of mandrake, which one should I download? the i586? the (IA64, powerspec, ..... i486) <- all one version. how straight forward is the setup? when im setting up my dsl I know earthlink doesnt have any linux software so how would i set it up?
well, regarding distro choice, ix86, IA64, powerspec are architectures, what machine do you have? If it is a Pentium class machine it has intel architecture (ix86), so i586 is what you are looking at (i486 is for old 486 machines). As for earthlink, I have the same provider, Mandrake made it easier for you in install step, in networking setup choose PPPoE as the protocol, fill in username and password, take a closer look at other options - bring on boot, etc. If it ain't work, go to http://www.roaringpenguin.com and grab rp-pppoe client. BTW what kind of DSL modem are you using? ZyXEL Prestige 600 series?
Hey yeah thats the exact model im using, I hate it sometimes! It just stops being able to recieve packets and requires a power cycleing pretty often, but I guess thats what you get when you get something free.
I started about a year ago with Mandrake, just messing around as a hobby. I picked up Suse 8.0 last week and would highly recommend it. I did a complete install, dual boot with Win 98 and have had no problems. Also, I found their included documentation to be the best for a new user.
I would recommend SuSe 8.0 or 8.1 next week. Everything worked fine with my hardware easy to set up and easy to use. Always had hardware problems with Mandrake. But then that may not be so in your case. Check for hardware compatibles.
I really don't like SuSE because they seem to put things in their own favorite location. Not a problem if you never see a command line, but if you ever need some help, you bettter hope you can get to a gui and use Yast2.
Anyway, onto my suggestion..
I plugged in Mandrake 9.0 (the i586 version btw since I have an AMD CPU ) and it is very user friendly. Probably the most newbie friendly of all I've used so far. So, if it's not obvious, I'd say Mandrake.
If you've got the time, and bandwidth, download like 5 or 6 different distros (you can find out about them from www.distrowatch.com) and try them all out. Give each one a good 2 weeks a shot, and move on. After you've tried em all, decide your favorite and go for it.