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Old 07-01-2004, 07:38 AM   #16
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I personally don't see a problem with a distro being easy. I've been using linux since the early days. It's not a toy or experiment box - it's my main work machine. I want it easy to set up and use. Mandrake does that - but at the same time it takes nothing away. I can still do everything with it I did with slack or redhat before it. I can still do any manual config or compile I like with it. You don't HAVE to have slack to do these things, or to learn. Slack just forces you to learn the things a bit quicker. Not everyone want to be a mechanic. Some poeple just want to go for a drive.
Old 07-02-2004, 03:51 PM   #17
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I had tried Mandrake in the past, but didn't stick with it as my spare computer died and I no longer had the hard drive space to spare.

After a couple years, I had another go using Knoppix, and I've stuck with it. IMO, the best early learning tool is a distro on one CD which installs easily/quickly.

When you're getting your feet wet, it's a great confidence booster to go and experiment with ANYTHING. If worse comes to worst then all you have to do is a clean re-install! After several install/tweak/tinker/break/reinstall cycles, I started to get the hang of things and I became familiar enough around the system to repair it instead of reinstalling.

However, I don't think I'd ever have reached that point without first going through a few clean reinstall cycles. With Knoppix, I blazed through those first few reinstall cycles in a matter of days. With a distro that took more effort to reinstall, I don't think I would have been so eager to restart from scratch so many times so soon.
Old 07-05-2004, 11:42 PM   #18
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Knoppix would be good. Plus he won't have to uninstall his windows OS to check it out. Just make sure he doesn't run "cfdisk"
Old 07-06-2004, 05:09 AM   #19
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amosf is right. Linux is no longer an OS for the geeks. It's an OS for everyone. If you cannot use it to write a document, use a spreadsheet for whatever purpose, burn a CD, rip a CD, view the photos or video from you digital camera or camcorder, scan a document from paper to your machine then it's useless. I've tried to use Redhat but couldn't get everything done with Redhat and GNOME. But Mandrake 8.2 and 9.1 with KDE let me do all those. So I am staying with mandrake. I am not a geek but I want to stick with Linux because it's interesting and not because I don't have anything else to do other than editing all the Linux config files.
Old 07-06-2004, 11:51 AM   #20
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Knoppix, Mandrake Definately.... they are very good, I learned on Mandrake 9.1. It is still my favorite ..

Slackware is good also....

Suse....forget about it..many problems out of the install.....


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