never tried linux whatsoever whats the easiest distro to learn?
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I personally started out with redhat 9 and found it very easy to install and use. I would recomend Fedora now sense redhat is not going to support redhat 9 in a few months. It is also very easy to keep fedora updated. apt-get and synaptic make it very easy and painless. However I personally love Slackware 9.1 now and have found it the best way to truly learn about linux. As long as you have another computer to use so you can get online and come to this forum you can get slackware up and runing perfeclty without much trouble.
also i have found slackware to run much faster than mandrake or redhat products. On several machines i have installed both redhat and slackware and have found slackware to use half as much ram as redhat
i have always used mandrake ever since a friend told me about it. i really like how it handles but it is not the fastest in the world. i use kde and that could be teh problem. i really wanna try alot of other distros but dont have the bandwidth. does any one konw anything about xandros. i heard that was perty good but i dont know. any way try mandrakemove. just came out not to long ago. unfortunatley u have to be a member to try it. dont use redhat it sucks as a home user os. good for servers but nothing else. mandrake 9.2 is suppose to be the best distro out there right now. oh and damnsmall is gaining popularity too.
Originally posted by tumbleweed80 i have always used mandrake ever since a friend told me about it. i really like how it handles but it is not the fastest in the world. i use kde and that could be teh problem. i really wanna try alot of other distros but dont have the bandwidth. does any one konw anything about xandros. i heard that was perty good but i dont know. any way try mandrakemove. just came out not to long ago. unfortunatley u have to be a member to try it. dont use redhat it sucks as a home user os. good for servers but nothing else. mandrake 9.2 is suppose to be the best distro out there right now. oh and damnsmall is gaining popularity too.
If we are talking about popularity then I would have to say Slackware is the best
my reasoning for red hat sucking.
1. after u install the os and want to run some app. u have to install it from the cd. it doesnt install along with the os.
2. as slow as carmel in january.
i said it sucked for home users. it does a very nice job for servers
Bear in mind that this project started in 1993 long before Mandrake and gentoo came to be, so there may be a bit of a bias towards more established distros. I expect over time RedHat will diminish, while Fedora will emerge and increase.
I started with RedHat, but it was too slow on my system. I really didn't learn squat using RH, though(it was 7.2 and 7.3 I used). Then I went over to Slack8.1, learned a little, and then went slack9.0 for about a week before slack9.1 came out. I've learned so much with Slack. Just make sure you check out the FAQ's and install guides, since you're very new to Linux. Also, if you have broadband, run netconfig, then go through and fill in the menus(very easy, I just did DHCP and put in my computer's name, and everything was set). The nice thing about Slackware: If something happens to the desktop managers, you can still run your computer and fix whatever went wrong.
I would say so.
I had no real problems my first time installing slack. Pretty much if you put in fedora and mandrake you just click a few buttons and it does everything for you. But with slackware you have set up the partition tables. This task is not hard. and is somewhat self explanatory during the install. and then you just run install and it is pretty simple. All I had to do to setup my internet connection was when i was installing choose to let dhcp from my router set everything up and it worked perfectly.
"The nice thing about Slackware: If something happens to the desktop managers, you can still run your computer and fix whatever went wrong."
Mandrake can be set to do that as well. When installing it say no to anything to do with autologin and starting x. Make sure the dm service doesn't start on boot. Then you have the standard login routine followed by the startx command. It's more secure and standard, and even for a newbie it really isn't that difficult to type a username, password, and a single command.