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Old 06-18-2006, 09:10 AM   #1
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which linux OS software is BEST to install


HI Friends

I am new to Linux and have planned to install Linux on my home PC. Please suggest me which Linux is better to install, from where i can download it and procedure of installing it.
 
Old 06-18-2006, 09:16 AM   #2
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Define "best"..
 
Old 06-18-2006, 09:30 AM   #3
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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
 
Old 06-18-2006, 09:32 AM   #4
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There are MANY different flavors of linux. Each distro has its strong points and its weak points, as I'm sure you already know.

As for the "Best" distro out there, it all depends on your needs, what you're gonna use it for, the timeo f day, the weather focast, and all sorts of things... lol

Check out the following link, the site provides a nice, easy to use and very well balanced "questionnaire" and will recommend the "Best" distribution to your needs.
http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/

For more comparison info you can also check out:
http://distrowatch.com/
 
Old 06-18-2006, 09:32 AM   #5
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Why Debian...A Sales Pitch
 
Old 06-18-2006, 09:42 AM   #6
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The BEST doesn't exist in general terms.
To be more precise, the best distro is the one YOU find yourself the most at home (or work ) with.

Every distro has Pro's and con's, so it's allmost like comparing apples with pears. You are the judge of which distro is best for YOU.

We can only point out to some general accepted opinions for distro's, in a categorized way.
E.g. beginner distro's, advanced distro's, small distro's etc etc etc...

But don't be fooled by these opinions! Even Ubuntu (wich is categorized as a beginner distro) can be very hard to master from time to time *as a beginnner*.

Don't expect that a distro does everything out of the box, you often must do some manual post configs to it, before it's beauty will surfice.

Anyway,

Here are my suggestions for you (in random order) to start with:

Try to get some reviews for each distribution, to learn if there are some con's you dislike.

* Ubuntu
* SuSE
* Fedora

EDIT: i just realised that "notwerk" has posted a reply with allmost the same content as mine. :P

Last edited by teebones; 06-18-2006 at 09:44 AM.
 
Old 06-18-2006, 12:15 PM   #7
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Xandros is supposed to be a good distro for beginners (I've never used it myself though, so don't quote me on that).
 
Old 06-18-2006, 12:26 PM   #8
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Xandros is supposed to be a good distro for beginners (I've never used it myself though, so don't quote me on that).
For a beginner, start with a free distro--eg Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE.
 
Old 06-18-2006, 12:28 PM   #9
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For a beginner, start with a free distro--eg Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE.
And there's where it shows that I've never used it. If I knew it was a commercial distro, I probably wouldn't have mentioned it.
 
Old 06-18-2006, 02:14 PM   #10
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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

http://www.ubuntu.com/

http://easylinux.info/wiki/Ubuntu_dapper

http://www.ubuntulinux.nl/source-o-matic

http://beerorkid.com/arnieboy/

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 02:17 PM.
 
Old 06-18-2006, 02:17 PM   #11
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Quote:
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Couple of useful links if you are interested in installing Ubuntu, Kubuntu, or Xubuntu.
Each version can be downloaded as a seperate distribution (iso). But you can also switch between these version from within ubuntu itself. (by installing e.g. the kubuntu kde package set).
 
Old 06-18-2006, 02:41 PM   #12
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Cool

Hi
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.
 
Old 06-18-2006, 03:05 PM   #13
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perhaps the following test will help you work out which would be suitable.
http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/
 
Old 06-18-2006, 10:09 PM   #14
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try PCLinuxOS
 
  


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