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OK Windows has just <removed> me for the last time. I won't bother explaining why, but needless to say I am tired of this.
I am a computer science major in second year of university, I have seen linux and used it a bit, however for the most part I have been brought up on windows. I want to do the switch. I pretty much only want to be able to listen to music, watch movies, browse the web and write C++ programs for class. I was wondering if someone could tell me what the best linux OS is for me, and maybe direct me to something that could show me how to go about installing it.
PS I do not want any dual-booting <removed>, windows will be gone from my computer.
Try Gentoo it's a great distro and a blast to install. A warning though, if your on a slow computer, it will take you about to week to install including Xfree86 (its compiled while installing). Once your done though, it rocks. Highly stable, and fun to use. The documentation on installation is pretty easy to follow as well.
Best thing about Gentoo is its easy to update once its install with the emerge command.
www.distrowatch.org is the place to go to learn about all the different distributions, hhhmmm sound like just about any distro will do the trick for you, however i think i might suggest mandrake 10, ive heard some very good things about it, however i only suggest it for about 2 or 3 months, then i suggest you switch to slackware and use that for another 4 months, after that you will probably have no problem deciding your own distro requirements, but in the end you should use gentoo, and if it werent for the install issue it would be the first and only distro that i ever suggest (forget about a graphical installer, it doesnt have one at all) for music i suggest using xmms for movies i suggest mplayer for web-browsing i suggest mozilla-firefox or possibly mozilla and ive heard good things about thunderbird as a mail client Good Luck
Ahh thanks for the tips
One more thing, How do I make sure windows is dead but still save some files. So basically I want to install linux but not lose my music collection, any information would be great.
Before we get into this huge distro conversation, I just need to know. What happened with your Windows installation, and what version were you using? Personally, I'm a PhD student in mathematical statistics. Running any of my calculations or simulations in M$ is an exercise in futility. It crsahes here and there, and that is just unacceptable after I've been waiting over 4 hours to get some results. Forget about the fact that my computer would be absolutely useless while it did this stuff. Hence, my migration to Linux.
I currently use RedHat 9, it's easy to install, but I plan on moving to Debian or Libranet when I have the time to back everything up and reinstall. RedHat has been an awesome tool in familiarizing myself with Linux.
I disagree dslboy, I find these stories very useful when trying to convince people to at least give Linux a try. I mean, other than security (which is obviously one of the biggest concerns), I want to know why people have abandoned M$. Clearly Linux can do just about anything Windows does nowadays, but I need to be able to explain why it's superior and needs to be explored as an option.
I agree that we need more people in the community, I just like to know what brought them here.