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Did you all face a problem in choosing the suitable distro ?

Posted 10-11-2006 at 12:37 AM by amsunaakage

I was wondering...... and maybe i am right.

The most difficult thing in starting as a newbie in linux is to choose the suitable distro for yourself.

When i ask people in forums about anything considering linux i never find them agree on something like when i ask " which is best windows xp or windows 3.11"?

The whole world will agree that Windows xp is better than Windows 3.11 due to reasons not(opinions) but scientific reasons.

That is why i trust Windows but i dont respect it, and vise versa i respect Linux but i dont trust it. (This is the disadvantage of open source to a simple user because he doesnt understand the goal of open source)

Why?...............let me see the really reason not all but i will just name the one which make (windows users) afraid to take the step towards Linux and surrender themselves to Linux and give their total trust to it.

Because when i ask in forums which is better distro A or distro B you find people talking about distro C and distro D but no sharp edged answers very rare to find users agree together.

I know it is difficult to find a sharp edged answer because Linux is open sourced and all foundations work on it to get the best distro they could make....... with advantages and disadvantages while others work to produce another distro which its advantages solves the others disadvantages and its disadvantages meets the other's advantages.

So it depends on the user himself his needs fits this distro but not the other( one likes this distro the other likes this just becase the advantages meets their needs their abilities).

So thats why when you ask a simple question related to linux you will totaly never have a simple answer where all users could gather around agree with.

Although for some it is just difficult while others including me it is hell on earth especially when you know totally nothing about linux really nothing at all
and not only this......................... let me entertain you.

I burned many ISOs till now and ((like a dog who keeps circling around himself chosing the correct form and place to lay down and sleep))

But because i know nothing so it was just the same as if i dont have them at all
i really dont know what i want.

yeah yeah i want to be the linux genius but it wont happen in just a minute.

And on second thought i couldnt afford time and effort to start with the most roughest distro on the planet and hitting hard on it so..............

I give up i just want the...... slimist.... simplist....fastest......easiest lightest........ distro which might kill the fear inside me
the fear that i cant trust linux the same way i trusted Windows

I want a distro which could take me by the hand show me the way through, the same way windows did and gained users trust.

.........and i must confess that yeah i am afraid to take this step not afraid from taking it as a step but i am afraid that linux wont do what windows done with me killed my fear.

The fear of trying something new, like almost all of us when we alll remember.

The first time ever i saw the computer and this shiny screen browsing the cool GUI desktop at this particular momment, arises this particular question............(can i do it , could i be a pro,.... not dream somethng hard make it easy on yourself......could i be just a simple user? nothing more nothing less.

And guess what the answer just came when i hold the mouse for the first time and moved the pointer to the start menu.

There i realized that the secret lies in "How to make people love my product"......this is what Bill Gates said to is to make my product a user friendly.

Thats why Windows and other products are popular more than Linux and its stuff because all people could work on windows environment but not all could work on source code.

This is also why you find that a high percentage of Linux users are programmers (they live with codes and scripts).

This is my own opinion it just popped in my head and i just wrote it share it with you and this is what i was thinking about when i decided to try the master of all masters the king of all kings.

Which is off course i mean Linux because frankly Windows is nothing really nothing compared to the open source abilities in Linux.

So i hope i would take the correct step in the Linux world choosing the suitable distro.

Hoping that linux would be user friendly as Windows is and have more popularity than Windows.
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  1. Old Comment
    Comparing Windows 3.11 with XP is like comparing DOS with Windows. It is hardware and application dependent. Generally a clear cut answer *presumes* the most *common* new hardware. Even DOS can be better than Windows for a particular environment! Believe me (for old hardware with specific software).
    I have 2 XP and 1 98 licensed machines and all dual boot with Fedora. XP for the kids games. 98 for the old hardware and software and cost. I still have a dream to cut my dependence.... and FC is helping me.
    I found a long time ago that for desktop Mandrake (read Mandriva) was very nice to setup with, but I can't say for now. I prefer the buggy (*grin*) new hardware issues of FC over that of Windows any time. In either case you still have to go and find the solutions when they are eventually available.
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by amsunaakage amsunaakage is offline
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    I am not a programmer and was faced with the same problem. I was shown SUSE squashing up windows and thought WOW. I jumped in and since then have tried Mandrake, Fedora, & Ubuntu to name a few. After many reinstalls I now know a lot more and although I am soon going to try the new Mandriva I will probably keep a SUSE if I can't get anything to work better with my setup. The second most important thing to consider is how you learn, so that you can choose between KDE, Gnome etc. When struggling with Ubuntu I gave up and tried SUSE with Gnome and realised that it wasn't Ubuntu but Gnome that did not come naturally to me. Which ever distro you choose check at least two desktops before ditching it as a dud. (I actually ditched Ubuntu as my main distro because it chewed up my windows partition instead of squashing it) and I now can't reistall Windows because I can't get passed Grub. I am loving the challenge of working out how it all works though.
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by amsunaakage amsunaakage is offline
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    Well amsunaakage, your first problem was the common one of confusing the distro with the operating system. 2000 and XP are different editions of Windows, but Ubuntu and Fedora are the same edition of Linux bundled with different things. So, it's not a question of which distro is best, but of which does what you need it to do.

    For example, I only have dial-up internet, so it would be pointless for me to get Slackware because I couldn't download OpenOffice: I need a distro where all the big programs are on a DVD.

    I suspect that wandering from distro to distro is a bad thing, unless you have the time and inclination to make Linux a major hobby. You could end up with a superficial knowledge of many but at home in none. Chose the one that seems most promising, stick with it, and learn how to fit it to your peculiar needs.

    I found the disto choice guide at very good: i.e. it confirmed that I'd already got the right one for me more or less by accident!
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by amsunaakage amsunaakage is offline


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