Used Linux years ago, interested again...
Hi, all. My name is Bobbo, a mid-20's American guy (yes, a stupid gringo, haha). I see there's plenty of members from places that aren't America, so maybe I'll talk to y'all through the forum.
Anywho, I used Linux for the first time about 15 years ago. My dad introduced it to me when we finally replaced our first post-IBM PC (A no-name 486dx2) and we plopped Red Hat on it. Over the next couple of years, I used it to play games and some other stuff, but never really got hard-core into it.
Now, my dad is gone and I want to get back into it. Looking for something simple (web, e-mail, Open Office), and for helping out with the SETI programs and that sort of thing when I'm not using it. I want to build my own on the cheap, just like Dad and I did back in the day. So, I'll be posting questions on low-resource-intensive distros and programs to do what I want to do, and compatability stuff to start with.
That's about it for now. Thanks for reading.
Welcome to LQ.
I think you will find that Linux has come a long way in 15 years. I know it has in the five years I've used it, and I liked it at first glance back then. Observations from my personal experience.
You want simple: Ubuntu, Mint, CentOS (yeah, I know CentOS is known as a server distro, but it installs really easily and is simple to set up). Mandriva was also easy to set up, but I haven't toyed with it for several years.
Highly customizable: Arch, Gentoo. (I haven't used either regularly, but I have played with them).
Rock solid never breaks: Slackware, Debian.
Build your own: Linux from Scratch.
Small: Tiny Core, Puppy.
I've never used Fedora. I tried OpenSuse. It worked fine but did not appeal to me.
I started with Slackware and I think it's a good starting point.
Once you understand Slack, no other distro can intimidate you, because you will know what you are doing. It's still my first choice (Debian is my second).
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