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Old 03-12-2004, 08:38 PM   #1
rob1983
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I want to switch to linux


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.

Edited for offensive language

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Old 03-12-2004, 08:54 PM   #2
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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.

http://www.gentoo.org/

-Quicksil

PS Welcome to the Linux world!

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Old 03-12-2004, 08:55 PM   #3
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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
 
Old 03-12-2004, 08:58 PM   #4
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d00d, please refrain from the use of language that you have decided to use ..
 
Old 03-12-2004, 08:58 PM   #5
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I have tried Debian,Redhat,Lycoris,Mandrake9.1,Mandrake9.2..

The truth is there is no BEST one. Each "Distro" has their own perks. I would first advise on figuring out which GUI you prefer and go from there. The major ones are Gnome and KDE.

I prefer KDE personally, and I use Mandrake 9.2.. you can get install help from this HOW-TO:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ticle&artid=73
 
Old 03-12-2004, 09:04 PM   #6
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<sarcasm>
Slackware, dood. You are a computer science major so it should be as easy as a pie for ya.
</sarcasm>

Can't wait to hear about your experiences with Linux, hehehehehe. Keep us updated plz
 
Old 03-12-2004, 09:11 PM   #7
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About killing windows

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.
 
Old 03-12-2004, 09:12 PM   #8
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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.
 
Old 03-12-2004, 09:16 PM   #9
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zaharia+Drozz; cut it out...

Most of us know how frustrating the world of microsuck can be,
and we would like as many people converting as possible, right?
So give the guy your opinion..

I'm running slackware, gnome-dropline.
Works as a sweat, but need some configuration, shouldnt be to hard for you though,
If you prefer a nice installation-guide, I would recomend Mandrake or redhat.

X depends on your system though, my experience is that kde uses more rescources than gnome, and if you want it fast, check out, xfce, blackbox or fluxbox..

Best of luck! -armchair

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Old 03-12-2004, 09:17 PM   #10
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burn a CD if you can, or find a partition manager and create a temporary partition for the files you want to backup
 
Old 03-12-2004, 09:21 PM   #11
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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.
 
Old 03-12-2004, 09:22 PM   #12
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If you have more than one disk, it's a piece of cake.
Just copy backup to that disk.
You can always mount it afterwards and copy...
 
Old 03-12-2004, 09:24 PM   #13
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sorry dslboy, I just realized you weren't talking to me.
 
Old 03-12-2004, 09:25 PM   #14
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statmobile:
Of chource, didn't mean to put it like that,
it's just that I think we should help in any way, instead running stupid n00b lines like:

Slackware, dood.
You are a computer science major so it should be as easy as a pie for ya.
 
Old 03-12-2004, 09:27 PM   #15
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Quote:
Originally posted by statmobile
sorry dslboy, I just realized you weren't talking to me.
hehe, np.

I'm gonna leave it now, just had to get it out...
 
  


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