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Old 10-13-2005, 04:09 AM   #1
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Newbie shall chose????

Hi all im a newbie on linux i have only used linux on my dc hub computer but im a total newbie. And im pretty tired on windows now so im thinking going over to linux but i want to know some basic steps to do im thinking of using linux slackwares 64bit distro or should i use ordinary slackware or should i use debian?? I like slackware pretty much and i want to learn to use both graffic and text command =) if you got some adwise please message me here or on Thanks =)
Old 10-13-2005, 06:28 AM   #2
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Advice? No offense (well, very little), but let's start here, shall we?
And why this is important even in hacker'ish fields:

Ok, now that that's out of the way...

Slackware is my personal distro of choice. You will learn more on Slackware faster than on any other distro, but you may develop gray hairs in the meantime. You will be forced to learn the ins and outs of .conf files and be forced to edit them in a text editor.

Debian is only half a step higher in the usability ladder. Debian can be run just fine from a CLI, but you will be introduced to a few more curses-based wizards and handbuild (i.e. nonstandard) utilities in the process. Apt simply rules as the greatest package manager in Linux.

Going a little more up the usability ladder, we have the mainstream distros of Fedora, Mandriva, and SuSE. These are fairly easy to use from a user's perspective, but this usability tends to come at a cost of sugarcoating. Wizards everywhere and you really don't know what is really going on unless you really dig for it.

Then there's the newcomer, Ubuntu. Ubuntu has all of the advantages that the mainstream distros posses with the additional benefits of being Debian-based and looking just awesome and polished. I would give Ubuntu to my grandmother, but I don't think that I would recommended it for a learning distro.
Old 10-13-2005, 02:51 PM   #3
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My advice? Get a distro at random and try it, repeat and then compare the 2 - which did you like best? Repeat and repeat and repeat until you find a distro that you like.
Old 10-14-2005, 03:02 AM   #4
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okay Well i have tried suse redhat slackware and the only one that i really liked was slackware but do you have some guides to learn .conf sorry for my grammar i know i sucks on it
Old 10-14-2005, 05:34 AM   #5
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The syntax for different applications for config files vary from application to application. And the variables and valid values are dependent on the app. You should refer to the man pages for each for details on what goes in the config file
Old 10-16-2005, 12:57 PM   #6
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This is an amazing Online Book for new linux users describes essential linux concepts very simply.

I suggest you go through this book and once you are done, you will have a great understanding of linux.

I would suggest Suse 9.3 or Mandriva 2005LE for a beginner
Old 10-17-2005, 06:37 PM   #7
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Originally posted by lighter
okay Well i have tried suse redhat slackware and the only one that i really liked was slackware
Heh, thats what I like to hear. Off to a good start so far.


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