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Old 06-26-2005, 05:40 PM   #1
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What is the most newbie friendly (but full featured) Linux Distro?


I want to turn my Dell Inspiron 5150 into a Linux box and was wondering what the best distro would be for me (and where can I download it)? I need one that has all the sound/video/drive drivers for the Inspiron 5150. Thanks.
 
Old 06-26-2005, 05:47 PM   #2
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Ubuntu for ease of post install use.
Add konqueror to it, work through the very simple Howto_get_media_files_working web page and you're set with a very capable distro.

Takes a little work but really is very easy to add things to.
 
Old 06-26-2005, 05:49 PM   #3
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Ubuntu,MEPIS,PCLinuxOS, and many others.

"A Beginner's Guide to Choosing a (Linux) Distribution"
http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major
 
Old 06-26-2005, 05:51 PM   #4
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Wow, thanks for the quick replies! I think I will enjoy this forum!
 
Old 06-26-2005, 11:46 PM   #5
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Ubuntu! Very easy to use and excellent hardware detection. You can even get a cd package containing a live cd and a install cd posted to your home for free.
 
Old 06-27-2005, 01:21 AM   #6
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Mandriva. This is the best desktop distro available. I have tried them all and kept coming back to Mandriva. Install the LE 2005 edition and you won't go wrong. Better than Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Mepis and others.
 
Old 06-27-2005, 02:18 AM   #7
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Can you be specific about what you think is "better" about Mandriva? I love Mandriva's partitioning tool, but that's about it. Mepis has the distinct advantage of being both a live and installer CD. It also automatically puts other partitions on your desktop and has an integrated control center. Enabling extra repositories can be done at a few clicks of the mouse. Ubuntu's support and community is unmatched. The Ubuntu Guide (ubuntuguide.org) is as thorough as any document for newbies can get. I'm not trying to start a distro war, but when newbies ask for a distro, the best thing we can do is tout features of particular distributions, not simply exclaim that a certain one is "the best."

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Old 06-28-2005, 01:45 PM   #8
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I would also recommend Mandriva. I started on 10.1 and found it for the most part easy to use and configure. Ubuntu and Mepis aren't bad either.
 
Old 06-28-2005, 07:07 PM   #9
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I am downloading Mandriva Official 10.1 DVD now!
 
Old 06-28-2005, 08:18 PM   #10
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you might try a live CD first, but i would sujest some of the following:

live CDs:

Knoppix
Ubunto(sp?)
SuSe 9.3

as for full distros i would start with one of the following:

SuSe
Fedora Core
Mandrake

the last one i personaly do not like, but the first 2 i have used and enjoyed. i really really like the new SuSe 9.3 Pro so much that i almost made that my distro of choice, but not enough to move away from Debian.

i started with RH9 and it was plenty easy and very functional. had everything a newbie could want and more with a supper easy GUI install. All 3 of them have easy GUI installs and are full featured as you are looking for, but my dislike for MDK comes form the fact it took over a week to get any updates, not because they were not there, but because MDK site was to busy to bother with me unless i paid them money for the updates faster. once i did finnaly get the updates they ate the distro to the point i had to format and start over again from scratch. i was not a happy camper and no longer trust MDK or what ever they are calling it now.
 
Old 06-28-2005, 09:34 PM   #11
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I currently am running Linspire 5 but I am download Mandrake 10.1 Official DVD now and will switch to that.
 
Old 06-30-2005, 12:06 AM   #12
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Installed Mandrake 10.1 Official now. It wasn't as easy as Linspire but was easy still. It defaulted to KDE but I am not liking that, I think I will try Gnome when I get home tomorrow night. I don't like either browser that is installed on it (Mozilla and something like Konificator). How do I uninstall those as I want to put Firebird on it (how do I do that).

I am a total newb and don't know how to install or uninstall apps ha ha.
 
Old 06-30-2005, 12:41 AM   #13
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Mandrake

You can download the Linux version of Firefox here. I wouldn't try to get rid of Konqueror, it also serves as a pretty convenient file browser. I just installed Mandrake 10.1 as well day before yesterday, and this is the first time I've ever used Linux. Some applications are really easy to install and some aren't, each app installs a different way. Java I know has to be installed 100% with command line, but there are instructions on the website that walk you through it. Now to post a picture of my desktop in protest of my old operating system.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y45...5/Desktop2.jpg
 
Old 06-30-2005, 04:55 AM   #14
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Hey dudeman41465 is there anyway you could email me that wallpaper you are showing here?

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y45...5/Desktop2.jpg

If you could send it to gameguru@nostalgia-gaming.com please. Thanks.
 
Old 06-30-2005, 06:34 AM   #15
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dudeman41465,

I want this wallpapaer too, would u send it on john.emad@gmail.com ??
 
  


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