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Old 08-26-2009, 10:37 PM   #1
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Distribution suggestions please


I have just recently decided that I would like to play around with Linux, my friend told me a lot of people in his csc class use either a Linux distribution or a Mac, and since I'm going to be taking csc courses I thought I might as well give it a shot, well I refuse to ever touch a mac so Linux was the obvious choice. The only type of OS that I have ever used is windows, and I have close to no experience with Command-Line Interfaces, aside from playing around in command prompt. I was given the disks and book for Slackware 12.0 (yes I know they are on 12.2) but after installing it I became completely lost and confused. So I need some suggestions for a distribution that may be good for me preferably a free distribution but depending on the price I can make an exception, I primarily use my computer to play some games, surf the internet, watch television using asus mycinima tv tuner card, and working with what I learned about Java and Visual Basic. I would hope I could still use my tv tuner card, but can accept if i cant since I plan to install Linux on a separate HDD and keep my HDD with vista in as well.

system specs:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 2.4GHz Socket AM2 65W Processor
MSI GeForce 8600GT NX8600GT-T2D512E OC Video Card
BIOSTAR TA770 A2+ ATX AMD Motherboard
A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 (PC2 6400
APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 500W Power Supply
Western Digital Caviar SE 320GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S202J
ASUS My Cinema-PE9400 Combo TV Tuner Card

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Old 08-26-2009, 11:40 PM   #2
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Congratulations on your decision to branch out!

You are wise to keep a separate drive (or partition) with Windows installed. Even if you decide that you love Linux and want to use it exclusively, it could be months or years before you feel like you can totally let go.

No, it does not appear that your TV tuner is supported as of yet.

The first thing to understand is that all Linux distributions are essentially the same software -- the differences are mostly a matter of taste. As far as what they "can do" . . . there is little to no difference.

Since you are a student of computer science, I would say avoid the "easy" distributions like Ubuntu. If you didn't like Slackware, maybe you would like CentOS, Debian, or Gentoo. Whichever you try, you will have to understand that patience and a lot of experimentation are going to be required. Since, as you say, you have only used one operating system in your entire life, you will definitely feel that "lost and confused" sensation, no matter which Linux distribution you try. (You'd feel it with any other operating system to one degree or another.)

That, however, is why communities like this one exist. Just remember: Google is your friend, and LQ is an even better friend, when you are trying to learn your way around Linux.

A "Distro Chooser" - http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/
A Great Source of Info and Solutions - http://tldp.org/
New Users' Guide - http://www.linuxlinks.com/portal/new...70528093134661
Windows Conversion Help - http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/20...uivalents.html

One last bit of advice from me . . . whatever distribution you choose, DO NOT BE AFRAID OF BUILDING YOUR OWN BINARIES FROM SOURCE.

Okay . . . one more . . . DON'T BE AFRAID OF WINE.
Wine is one of the coolest and easiest to use programs for Linux, and its use has preserved the PC for me as a gaming machine, despite my casting of Windows to the wayside. In fact, I get better performance out of many games under Linux and WINE than I would in a native Windows environment.

BTW . . . why never touch a Mac? I'm no Mac fanboy, but prejudice in the computer world is almost always a disservice to oneself. There's a lot of great things about Macs . . . even if they're not your speed. (Too pricey. I'd buy one if I had to make a movie, though.)

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Old 08-26-2009, 11:49 PM   #3
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^^^^ cant agree more on what foodown said,very well said though. In windows all you need to do is use it ,where as linux you have to learn it i have been using linux from last 1 year and i have been mainly a kubuntu ,fedora and suse user,never tried distros like slackware or gentoo as of now.My advice to you would be install ubuntu first get the feel of command line and gnome\kde & then on to package management and then move on to the distro of your choice.I suggest ubuntu because the learning curve for a new user isnt that steep as it is for slackware or other distros. Any ways Good luck

Tldp.org is one of my favo apart from nixcraft.com and linuxtopia.org

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Old 08-27-2009, 06:31 PM   #4
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why never touch a Mac?
To be honest I can't really think of a reason I wouldn't use a Mac, for some reason I just never really liked the idea of using one even tho I have never even been around a Mac.Just a note foodown, it wasn't that I disliked Slackware, it was more that since I have never worked with anything but a GUI so I was completely out of my element.

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll look into the distributions mentioned.
 
Old 09-15-2009, 05:18 AM   #5
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ubuntu.
 
Old 09-15-2009, 03:35 PM   #6
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I suggest Ubuntu as well. I've been using a Mac for a long time and love it; but I will have my new Ubuntu PC in a couple of weeks. So far what I've seen and heard really rules!
 
Old 09-16-2009, 11:46 AM   #7
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You should dislike Mac because it is not just a computer, but a religion. Notice how the the Mac user here suggests using Ubuntu (the easiest distro) even though he or she never used it, and then goes on to preach about how he or she loves his or her Mac.
The Mac kernel (xnu) is actually a very good kernel, if you want to try it, look up Darwin (its free/open source). But OS X is bogged down with bloated software that slows the system down, pointless graphical effects. On top of that, they are extremely expensive, which could be more expectable, if it wasn't for the fact that the majority of the software in Mac OS is free anyway.
Stick with Linux. Mac is of the devil.
 
Old 09-16-2009, 11:49 AM   #8
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Oh, and by the way, even though this thread has been marked solved, I would suggest Gentoo. Its a bit harder to get started on, but you will learn the most from it. You may wish to try an easier distro first, but I suggest getting into Gentoo as soon as possible.

Out of curiosity: which distribution did you choose?
 
Old 09-16-2009, 04:56 PM   #9
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i decided to go with Debian
 
Old 09-16-2009, 06:54 PM   #10
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i decided to go with Debian
Thats a good choice, I recommend upgrading gnome and nautilus (if you use gnome). When I used Debian (sid) they weren't in the repositories and I had to build them from source, which is a hassle.
 
  


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