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Old 12-05-2009, 02:17 AM   #1
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Distribution reccomended ?


Hi all,

I am somewhat new to Linux. I have done a few tasks in bash, and I have used a few of the main distros (Ubuntu and derivatives, Slax, DSL, Debian).

Well, I was wondering. I am getting a laptop in a few weeks, and I am wondering, what distribution would you recommend for my needs? I would want something with a GUI, but I would also want to be able to use the Terminal easily. I am thinking Ubuntu, but I would be fine with trying Debian with GNOME or a desktop manager like it.

Any reccomendations or suggestions? I am willing to learn some things out of this.

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Old 12-05-2009, 02:46 AM   #2
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If you are completely new to linux .... Then use ubuntu.

openSUSE 11.2 is new one, which is faster than ubuntu 9.10.

SuSE installation is also quite easier than other distibutions.
 
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Old 12-05-2009, 02:58 AM   #3
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Try Linux Mint 8 or openSUSE 11.2. I would stay away from ubuntu 9.10 if I were you.
 
Old 12-05-2009, 04:08 AM   #4
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You might want to try a some what of a newcomer distro, Pardus 2009. It sports the KDE desktop environment, and many useful apps. I'm presently evaluating it on VMware, and am quite pleased. Just Google Pardus 2009. I can't post the link this is my first posting as a newbie to LinuxQuestions.

Also you might try OpenSuse 11.2, Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope stay away from 9.10 Karmic its still a little flakey and uses newer Grub2 which I'm not yet fond of. You might also try test driving these distros using VMware.

Best Regards, SherlockOhms

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Old 12-06-2009, 12:43 AM   #5
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You might want to try a some what of a newcomer distro, Pardus 2009. It sports the KDE desktop environment, and many useful apps. I'm presently evaluating it on VMware, and am quite pleased. Just Google Pardus 2009. I can't post the link this is my first posting as a newbie to LinuxQuestions.

Also you might try OpenSuse 11.2, Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope stay away from 9.10 Karmic its still a little flakey and uses newer Grub2 which I'm not yet fond of. You might also try test driving these distros using VMware.

Best Regards, SherlockOhms
Sweet! Thank you all! I am downloading the Live GNOME of OpenSUSE 11.2, as I am not a complete noob to Linux. Could I use " apt-get install " in OpenSUSE?

EDIT: Nevermind. I figured it out. Thanks again for the help. I will post again when I install it (within 20 days).

Thanks,

PoisonSerpent

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Old 12-06-2009, 07:20 PM   #6
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One more thing...

If I were to choose to dual boot, could I resize a NTFS partition in the OpenSuse setup? I would be sure to defragment the Windows partition ~5 times.
 
Old 12-07-2009, 12:49 AM   #7
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Dual boot: openSUSE 11.2 installation

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One more thing...

If I were to choose to dual boot, could I resize a NTFS partition in the OpenSuse setup? I would be sure to defragment the Windows partition ~5 times.
Yes, using the YaST partitioner, during setup. I've provided a link that may be of further assistance to you.

http://anl4u.com/?p=176

Best Regards, SherlockOhms
 
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