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They say the first part of recovery is addmitting there is a problem. I am a windows user and I promise to dedicate my life, well, the part of my life not already taken my sleep, food and sex, to learning linux.
For several years now I have started and stopped with linux. I have finally had enough of Mr. Gates. I own 3 copies of his software and can not get any to install on my rebuilt computer, because, they are all upgrade versions. If there is a way, PLEASE DON'T TELL ME, I want to put windows behind me and move on with my life.
I have several copies of linux, Mandrake 6.5, Red Hat 6.1 and 7.3. My question is, should I just download the latest version and which of the versions would you suggest.
My computer is a 333Mhz with basically 130M of memory. Anything else you need to know and I will furnish it. Oh, the hard drive is 20G even though windows only says it is 6.1.
Can I ask a serious question?
How can anyone guess which of the major distros someone new may be able (due to hardware) to install to their computer or which they may prefer?
Why does someone asking about a first time install always get a response that suggests they try a certain distribution?
My thought is that they can make up their own mind about one of the major (fairly friendly) distros. Their particular hardware by itself could make any more specific recommendation I make flat wrong.
I'm not slamming you here, saber41, but suggesting that maybe it is better to speak more generally when someone new is asking general questions about a Linux install.
I'm just wondering why the first question someone new gets asked is why don't they install another distro. In some cases this would be a must, old or really old version, Unixware, etc...
He did say this:
and which of the versions would you suggest.
So, uh, nevermind...
But I will let the rant stand.
Last edited by 2damncommon; 07-03-2003 at 12:05 AM.
Install RH 7.3. That's fine. Just get Linux installed and start playing. Your computer is old so you shouldn't encounter any bizarre hardware issues. I assume you just want to start learning the basics of the Linux OS so it doesn't really matter what distribution you install. Later on, when you know how Linux operates then you should start playing around with different distributions. There's pros and cons of every distribution. The main point is just to install Linux.
Today I installed SuSE 8.2 and immediately installed apt and synaptic. I accomplished more today installing and updating packages than in many lost evenings chasing my tail with dependencies using rpm and Mandrake.
If you're not running synaptic you're working in the Dark Ages.