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Old 08-30-2005, 12:51 PM   #1
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Need help choosing distro


Here's what's going on. I have a small home operated business in the works in which I'm going to be building and selling PC's (just to make a little money while doing my hobby) and I want them to be linux powered. What distribution would you suggest me using on these systems?
 
Old 08-30-2005, 01:13 PM   #2
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Ubuntu might be good... fairly easy for users, a relatively common distribution.

Have you considered giving people choices?

What kind of computers are you going to build?
 
Old 08-30-2005, 01:14 PM   #3
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I installed Xandros recently, did not like it but it might be good for beginners and it comes with a 30 day trial of crossover
 
Old 08-30-2005, 01:29 PM   #4
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That's actually why I was asking. I was hoping I would get a wide variety then check them all out and the customer could have a choice. I haven't totally decided on the exact specs on the computers yet, but they will be customizable. I hate to build the same computer over and over, it would get boring after a while. Xandros isn't free is it? I know there is a free version but it has limits.
 
Old 08-30-2005, 01:52 PM   #5
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Ubuntu is very free (which is why I reccomended it). If you felt like being a masochist (though you could probably charge a premium for this) you could preload machines with Gentoo even. *drool*

Sorry, got a bit distracted.

I would make sure to offer FC as well.
 
Old 08-30-2005, 05:44 PM   #6
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After doing some research I've compiled a nice little list of some distro's to try out. Now on to the next thing. I would like to create a book. Nothing fancy. Just something to ship with the computer. What should be included in this book? I want it to be kind of like one of those books you use to get with Windows (now you get like a little 8 page manual with 16 pt. font that gets you absolutely nowhere). Just to cover some simple things in linux. Any help?
 
Old 08-30-2005, 09:34 PM   #7
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That would largely depend on the distro and your target audience.
 
Old 08-30-2005, 10:24 PM   #8
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Installing Programs will be a must for any book as Linux isn't point and click. If a debian based distro is in your selection, well you know how easy it is.
 
  


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