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Old 05-06-2007, 01:57 PM   #1
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Which Liniux to use


Which linux system would be best to install, Enterprise or Workstation for Linux 5?? Being new to linux(totally) I would like to start out with the best fit for me up front.
Thanks in advance for any help/advise
KyleG
 
Old 05-06-2007, 02:01 PM   #2
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Which linux system would be best to install, Enterprise or Workstation for Linux 5?? Being new to linux(totally) I would like to start out with the best fit for me up front.
Thanks in advance for any help/advise
KyleG
Which distro are you talking about? Do you have any background to *nix systems?

Kyle
 
Old 05-06-2007, 02:12 PM   #3
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You can actually get a free version before you get a commericial one; in fact, many are using the free versions permanently. Some good candidates for people who are entirely new to Linux:
- PCLinuxOS
- Ubuntu
- Mepis
- Mandriva
The first three of those are also liveCDs; this means that you can just slip in the cd and run the operating system from disk rather than hard drive. Then if you like it, you just click an icon and it will install to your hard drive.

For a pretty extensive list of available distribtutions (but not an exhaustive one), you may want to visit:
http://www.distrowatch.com

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Old 05-06-2007, 02:22 PM   #4
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I presume you are talking about Red Hat, but I think you should start out with Ubuntu or PCLinuxOS
 
Old 05-06-2007, 02:23 PM   #5
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Also, if you do want Enterprise Linux 5 (RedHat/RHEL), you can get a free build of it called CentOS.

The documentation for RHEL is very good (it also applies to CentOS), and they've written GUI tools to take care of almost everything you'll need to do.

The distros jay73 listed are probably more beginner-friendly though.
 
Old 05-06-2007, 07:03 PM   #6
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux is for businesses. You should probably start with something like Ubuntu or OpenSuse.
 
Old 05-06-2007, 07:17 PM   #7
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What spec is the computer you would like to install it on and is there anything weird (no DVD/CD Drive)
 
Old 05-07-2007, 06:29 AM   #8
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Thanks for the input. The system I am going to install it on is an Intel MB with a 2.0 ghz cpu, DVD burner,200gb HD, 768mb Mem. I will look for one of the starter systems referenced and go from there. A friend offered me a commercial version of RedHat Enterprise 5 he bought but did not use.

He said the learning curve for Linux is not that bad..I have no clue but it can't be that bad with all the people switching to it...

Which of the starter systems is the best to use for a newbe...??

KyleG
 
Old 05-07-2007, 06:49 AM   #9
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I would say PCLinuxOS, then MEPIS, then Ubuntu - but they are all very close. If you want to know which one has the highest number of software packages available as well as the largest community, you would have to invert that order.
 
Old 05-07-2007, 08:43 AM   #10
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For a beginner, anything in the top ten on the "hit list" at Distrowatch will be fine.

The best distro for you is the last one you try...
 
Old 05-08-2007, 07:01 PM   #11
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I have downloaded Ubuntu, created the ISO and booted to the system. Very impressive. It came up fine, saw all my drives, Printers, USB. I marked down my hub usb ports that did not have anything connected. Do all hub ports have to have something connected in order for them to be recognized??

Anyway, I was really impressed with the functionality. Using Ubuntu as a reference, is RedHat 5 workstation any more difficult to set up?? I hear words spoken about Susie and Mandrake as well. How do they compair in functionaly and difficulty to manage and setup??

Really appreciate the help,

Kyle
 
Old 05-08-2007, 07:08 PM   #12
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Should be all about the same. Make sure you explore System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager; this lists everything that can be installed in addition to what you already have - some 19000 packages or so.

Red Hat is more of an enterprise thing and may require a bit more manual configuration. Mandriva should be pretty similar. Suse, too, but it tends to be noticeably slower than Ubuntu.

If you have got sufficient space on your disk, you can install as many as you like.

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