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Distribution: K/Ubuntu 12.04/14.04, Scientific Linux 6.3/6.4, Android-x86, Pretty much all distros at one point...
Almost all Linux distros have a GUI (Graphical User Interface).
Only a handful of roll-your-own type distros do not.
If you are trying to just try out Linux, consider knoppix. Knoppix squeezes the entire distro onto one CD. DamnSmallLinux does the same in a smaller footprint. If the power of your hardware is a consideration, there are distros that use things like fvwm, which run with less overhead than KDE or Gnome.
Reason why I cant recommend damnsmalllinux or Knoppix is because they have some issues. DSL's problem is that it doesnt come with GCC and alot of different drives and is a bitch to add it sometimes. Knoppix is based on alot of different versions of Debian, and quite frequently falls into Dependency Hell on Hard Drive installs. Kanotix is based on Knoppix, but is pure Debian Sid, and is meant for hard drive installs (but still works as a LiveCD). Knoppix isnt really meant for hard drive installs.
what about Mepis, i heard thats a good live cd as well. some saying its better than kanotix. i for some reason cant get Knoppix to work... I gave up on it... i got tired of seeing nothing but a screen saying ERROR.
DON'T USE UBUNTU! I made that mistake and I still can't access windows. It is a horrible excuse for linux, and no better than PHLAK. I'm switching to gentoo, which is supposed to be a little more complicated for a n00b (me being a n00b to linux, but not to programming/terminal in general). if you know what you are doing, use gentoo. otherwise knoppix, dsl (not the internet, the distro), or fedora. If you have the money use linspire (aka lindows). If you have the money and know what you are doing, use red hat enterprise.
Originally posted by squeakypants DON'T USE UBUNTU! I made that mistake and I still can't access windows. It is a horrible excuse for linux, and no better than PHLAK. I'm switching to gentoo, which is supposed to be a little more complicated for a n00b (me being a n00b to linux, but not to programming/terminal in general). if you know what you are doing, use gentoo. otherwise knoppix, dsl (not the internet, the distro), or fedora. If you have the money use linspire (aka lindows). If you have the money and know what you are doing, use red hat enterprise.
I used DSL and it was ok, i liked how i could have internet but then i used Slax, way better, but my internet didnt work. Knoppix sucked ive tried installing it 3 times, i keep getting errors and it keeps failing. Then used suse personal, which I didnt like. So i think i am going to use Mepis Live CD and Mandrake on my hd since thats supposed to be an easy setup, kind of like Suse, right?