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Old 09-02-2007, 10:31 AM   #16
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If you were here in Houston, coming regularly to my Wednesday Linux Workshop, (not a complete jerk), & I had taken on trying to mentor you, then my answer would be SimplyMEPIS 6.0 -- KDE, Debian pkg. mgmt., very easy install, virtually no emerging minor problems. In other words, what I use & therefore can most easily help you w/.

But you're not, so I think the real Q's are:
  • "Do you have a LUG nearby?"
  • "Can you find a local mentor?"
  • "What do you want to use Linux for?"

If you can find a mentor, then use what s/he uses or tells you to use. (I started w/ RH 7.2)

Consider installing VMware's VMserver to facilitate experimenting w/ various distros w/o having to re-partition every time you want to try something new.

BTW, you don't mention your hardware specs or which flavor of "Winders" you're using.
 
Old 09-02-2007, 10:40 AM   #17
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Anyone notice that OP is missing? (I'm not being flip---one of my weird hobbies is observing the behavior of people on fora. For example, what are the trends with things like "one-post hit and run"? Browsing randomly thru LQ members, I find a LOT with only one post.)
 
Old 09-02-2007, 07:46 PM   #18
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Anyone notice that OP is missing? (I'm not being flip---one of my weird hobbies is observing the behavior of people on fora. For example, what are the trends with things like "one-post hit and run"? Browsing randomly thru LQ members, I find a LOT with only one post.)
Possibly, but he/she may have a busy lifestyle and it is possible that they may not be able to use their computer for days at a time...

Does this forum have any mechanisms which prevent users from having multiple logons?

Some of the other forums I visit stipulate that you can only have one logon in their "Terms & Conditions" when you sign up and any secondary logons are deleted upon detection. Does this happen here?
 
Old 09-09-2007, 02:06 AM   #19
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Hello all,
I am sorry I couldn't get back to you all. My PC has SERIOUS problems.
Compaq Presario SR1053WM
WinXP SP 2
Bought brand new, has been sent back to Compaq twice for the same problem. Push power switch, (CPU)fan runs fast, if the fan slows down it will continue to boot.(sometimes keeps running fast and will not boot). Compaq replaced mother board and hard drive. I tested power supply and it was bad. I replaced it and it worked great for months. Then it started again. I thought the only thing left was RAM, replaced it, it worked a couple(3?) days then started locking things up again.
I appreciate ALL of your replies! pixellany, I apologize for the "one-post hit and run", if I get 30 minutes running time(without a lock up) I'm happy.
rkelsen, thanks for being open minded. I don't know exactly how to put it into words but thanks!
"Possibly, but he/she may have a busy lifestyle and it is possible that they may not be able to use their computer for days at a time..."
Everyone else thank you too. I have to wrap this up before I lose it all. I'll write again when I get my computer problems fixed. Thanks again to all of you.
Bruce, that REACTOS looks VERY promising!!!! Thanks! Tom
 
Old 09-09-2007, 02:52 AM   #20
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I have tried redhat, SUSE and debian

I think among these SUSE is best suited for you. It is much like Widows in Package Management also it would automount NTFS volumes also the configuration through is very easy like in windows. I did't tried Ubuntu but operated i think it is more suited. But I am of the view of Bruce hill
 
Old 09-10-2007, 06:42 PM   #21
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Let me please add, that when you need a search engine for Linux, use <Linux> Google. Everything you wanted to know about Linux, but couldn't find searching Google which didn't filter out the Windoze trash.
Excellent advice, &, for KDE users, it's child's play to add a shortcut, like "gl:", to Konqueror. I'm sure something similar is possible in other browsers.
 
Old 09-14-2007, 10:28 AM   #22
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Poor OP, he made the mistake of mixing politics with Linux.
 
Old 09-15-2007, 11:39 AM   #23
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Get Slackware and then Google Google Google=)
 
Old 09-15-2007, 12:15 PM   #24
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Some companies charge a small amount to send you out official disks, but you can download the same software for free, usually. Some other companies charge more money for enterprise versions of Linux, which include customer support packages and some proprietary software/drivers. You should be able to find a perfectly good distro for free.

Around this time last year I made the switch from Windows to Linux, and I found OpenSuSE one of the best distros to ease the transition. I still use it on my desktop today. Kubuntu is also said to be one of the easiest for new users to get to grips with. Here are yet more useful links:

OpenSuSE - Download it here

Ubuntu - Download it here

DistroWatch - find out information about virtually all available linux distros here, and where to download them

If you want to play games, linuX-gamers.net might help you get started.

Linux has no real equivalent of the Windows .exe file, but .rpm or .deb files are as close as you will get. There are whole repositories on the internet full of useful (and free) software rpms and debs. You can either install them manually through the command line, or you can use a package manager to do it automatically. Which package manager you use is up to you.

All distros make use of package managers slightly differently, so once you pick your distro, come back and tell us for more help specific to that distro.


Edit: P.S. rkelsen neglected to say something in his reply to your post:- Welcome to the forums!

Last edited by khinch; 09-15-2007 at 12:19 PM.
 
Old 09-15-2007, 03:48 PM   #25
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Thanks for the welcome and all the replies, links etc.
I have a few live CDs so I can take different distros out for a test drive. I tried Slax v 5.1.8.1 this(Linux) is going to take some getting used to.
Thanks again.
 
  


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