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knoppix is nice because it runs totally from a cd. You can play around with it to see if you like it and not mess up anything on the hard drive. If you want to install one, Mandrake is very easy to install and can be running quite smoothly right out of the box.
I have had no problems setting up a PCMCIA card in my laptop(using slackware), but then again we don't have the same one(I doubt it at least). go to google and search for linux for laptops and see if yours is in a database where you can check compatability. You can also upgrade the kernel(the heart of linux which holds all your drivers also) and there is a fair chance it will then be supported in some way.
If you are wanting to use linux because it's a good tool for work and for play then I understand why you would want the easiest. In that case you may want to look at the obviously popular mandrake, redhat or suse.
I have heard good things for games about lycoris, the commercial version with some gamepack thing that is supposed to make it easy to play a ton of windows games, but that's for you to research. Otherwise you will have to find tutorials on how to get each game to run.
If you want to use it because you have an interest in open source programming, learning, challenging yourself and learning what a true linux system is then you should use one of the original distros, slackware, or it's little version vector linux. It's really easy if all you want to do is install it and use what you got, hell, installing new programs isn't that hard after the first time. Slackware throws you into the ring and makes you learn and I am very happy I started with it. Also, you won't become annoyed by someone's spelling like I am just by using it
Note: If you're downloading these you should obtain the distro CDs of the one you want and knoppix and LNX-BBC and mondo rescue CD from http://www.mondorescue.org/
knoppix is just helpful for testing compatability and if you are at someone else's computer and such. LNX-BBC isn't needed but I like having a distro I can run from the CD drive that can be written to a business card CD(Thus the BBC). and the rescue CD is just nice to have to rescue your machine if your machine crashed due to software issues.
Last edited by Onemessedupjedi; 12-04-2003 at 11:13 PM.
I've tried only a few....
Mandrake was good until I tried SuSE, which is my current favorite.
Slackware is great for limited hardware or if you want to really get your hands dirty....I seemed to have more difficulty with 9.0 than I did with 8.1.
Tested Caldera for a short time...easy install, secure system, but limited in included packages....now apparently no longer in development.
Over all, I'd have to say SuSE rules....haven't enjoyed working with a distro as much as I have since 9.0 was released. YaST makes hardware configuration as easy as in Windows.
I second that hating the spelling bit... I guess the real question is shouldn't this be moved to the "damn near unintelligible" forum? Maybe a spell check should be mandatory?
Sorry Folks, I love Redhat. I have worked with Vector, Mandy, Slack and SuSE and Redhat still comes out as my fav. I have never had any problems installing it, just as easy as windows, and most *supported* hardware goes in like it should.
No, really, what do you want to use it for? And how badly do you want to learn the ins and outs of linux?
Originally posted by Onemessedupjedi *SNIP*
If you want to use it because you have an interest in open source programming, learning, challenging yourself and learning what a true linux system is then you should use one of the original distros, slackware, or it's little version vector linux.
That's a good choise, slackware is perfect for who wants to get the hands dirty :P
Distribution: Gentoo > current. Have used: Red Hat 7.3, 9, Gentoo 1.4
I started out with Micro....errr.....Red Hat. It's a good starter platform, and if you have high speed, I would shift over to Gentoo after you become experienced. It's taught me the most so far about Linux in general, I also love the emerge command, one of the most useful commands I've *ever* used. Gentoo is best IMHO.