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I'll give you a choice. Assuming you want it to be free, go to an opensuse mirror, download /boot/boot.iso and do a network install. Use the /opensuse/distribution/SL-10.1/inst-sources/ directory for your install sources. It's pretty easy. SuSE 10.1 is so easy. If a person can't figure out SuSE 10.1 I don't think they can learn linux at all.
But, SuSE 10.1 doesn't work much like standard linux. Probably the best distro, which is arranged like standard linux, is debian. But, using debian as a first time linux is probably only doable if you have internet on another computer nearby.
You could download the Fedora boot.iso from a fedora mirror, and network install it, but I had to manually pick my hard drive controller when installing FC5. Fedora is pretty easy, and pretty good. It just doesn't have as much stuff as SuSE and debian
In all honeslty Ubuntu is the best distro that I have used referencing the issue of dealing with dependencies is not an problem. You will need a broadband connection though because a lot of the install happens over the net.
The automatix script or program makes life a lot easier consdiering that script will set everything up for you and install other programs needed. APt-get makes installing programs a breeze after you learn the commands or you also use synaptic which is GUI of apt-get. Plus, the installation only possesses one cd which makes alife a lot eaiser.
Couple of useful links if you are interested in installing Ubuntu, Kubuntu, or Xubuntu.
Ubuntu possesses the Gnome GUI
Kubuntu possesses the KDE GUI
Xubunut possesses the XFCE GUI
There is learning curve with linux like any operating system. Most operations can be completed without the use of a terminal and command line. It is quite useful to learn the different commands though.
Last edited by brianthegreat; 06-18-2006 at 01:17 PM.
Iḿ new to Linux and was thinking of possing that same question. For the past few weeks I have been using a sort of ¨blunderbuss¨ approach, downloading many distroś and trying them out. The two that I like best are Suse and Kubuntu( I prefer KDE to Gnome ), but as others have said each has itś proś and conś. Play around with a few live distroś, as you dont have to install and see which feels best for you.
Hope this is of some help to you.