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Old 12-23-2004, 09:26 PM   #1
furtivefelon
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the best linux distro for veteran windows user?


hi, i'm just wondering which linux distro is the best when it comes to switching from Windows to linux? i want a operating system that behaves kinda like windows, without much change i can get it up and running, and then i can poke around when i get comfortable with linux thanks alot! i really want to get rid of windows :P
 
Old 12-23-2004, 09:37 PM   #2
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Old 12-23-2004, 09:38 PM   #3
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I used to use windows since i was 10 (10-11 years) since 3.1
and i have grown attached to linux Mandrake 10

KDE is very easy to act like windows while you get used to some VERY insugnificant differences
 
Old 12-23-2004, 09:43 PM   #4
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I'd say go with Fedora, myself. Mandrake is ok too. They're both easy to install and seem to detect hardware correctly most of the time. For a window manager, I use KDE mainly because it's what I'm used to, but there's nothing wrong with gnome either.
 
Old 12-23-2004, 09:49 PM   #5
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I don't really like SuSE, personally. But it seems to be the most windows-like. There is also ofcourse "Lindows", but haven't tried that. Even tho SuSE is most windows like, I would have to second the nomination for Mandrake.
 
Old 12-23-2004, 09:52 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by Wally68
I'd say go with Fedora, myself. Mandrake is ok too. They're both easy to install and seem to detect hardware correctly most of the time. For a window manager, I use KDE mainly because it's what I'm used to, but there's nothing wrong with gnome either.
like he said he is a veteran windows USER so he would feel more comfortable with KDE
i always found GNOME too different and harrowing to learn and customize.

KDE has templates that turn it into a Windoze machine minus the virus. (what would windows be with out spyware and virus' an operating system?)
I personally havent used Fedora so i can't say wether it is a windows user friendly system.

All i can say is for a noobie Fedora is a Beta Cutting edge system so it would be good to learn to how to fix and find problems because there have been a few apparently.
Mandrake sticks to somewhat dated and stable applications. (very few ninmgling to get you up and running if your lazy like me)
 
Old 12-23-2004, 09:55 PM   #7
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If you have a broadband connection try a few of these for yourself
http://linuxiso.org/

You may want to try a live cd first. A complete Linux distro that boots and runs from a cd without bothering the hard drive in your machine. One such is Knoppix
http://www.knoppix.org/

Mandrake is a full bodied Linux distro that will help you get acclimated to linux. Some might say that it is a little bloated. It is easy to install.

Fedora is another fairly easy to install distro. It used .rpm packages for software like mandrake does. You will have to install support for .mp3's after install.

Slackware is a bit harder to install but is fast and stable. It is the most Unix like distro. It won't wipe your bottom for you. You will have to learn Linux to config it.

Debian comes with 7 cd's worth of software, works fine, but is a bit hard to install for a noob.

Gentoo is for the Linux literate. You can put together a lean, fast, stable machine that runs only what you need. Not for the new Linux user.

Unix. Then there is the *.BSD's FreeBSD OpenBSD NetBSD

There are a dozen others that you can try.

And everything that you just read is only my opinion.

You will have to dedicate a little time learning the Linux tree, shell, whereabouts of config files etc.

There is no time start like today.

Good luck.
 
Old 12-23-2004, 10:23 PM   #8
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mmm.. i use to have FC1 somewhere.. now i'm downloading FC3 and debian cd 1,2,3.. i heard alot about freeBSD, and they are pretty good :P.. also, which linux has the most documentation (mmm.. a great free online tutorial about ins and outs of a distro would be nice, i don't want to buy a book for open source software -- may be only php, but that's it.. linux in my opinion outdates book like crazy).. and thanks alot for all your suggestions! now my three prime candidate is FC3, Mandrake, and Debian hehe, which one of those is most easy to set up and run, also relatively good at detecting my current hardware, and also relatively fast.. since i don't have the top of the line machine (a year old.. a year ago is top of the line )..

thanks again for ur all ur helping
 
Old 12-23-2004, 11:03 PM   #9
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I am a Slackware fan myself but if you are looking for the most windows like I would say either Mandrake or Suse.
 
Old 12-23-2004, 11:35 PM   #10
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Just my 2 cents: the "which distro is right for me" question comes up all the time, and really the only answer is to try several, then decide for yourself which one best fits your needs and preferences. Good luck with it and Welcome to LQ! -- J.W.
 
Old 12-23-2004, 11:58 PM   #11
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Mandrake, Fedora, and Suse have all been recomended, and they are very good. I use Debian, but I don't recommend it to new comers like yourself though. Mepis is much better for someone like yourself. It features a full demo of the operating system, so that you can actually try it out before ever installing it. Also, it is based on Debian. So you get the best of both worlds:

-extremely easy interface
-rock solid engine
 
Old 12-24-2004, 04:43 AM   #12
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In my personal opinion the best distro is Slackware... So, you can try a livecd based on Slackware, like GoblinX or Slax, and then try Slackware...
 
Old 12-24-2004, 04:14 PM   #13
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Please do not be a Slackware fan-boy. Obviously you like Slack a lot, but this guy is looking for something as close to MS as possible. Slackware is not it. In fact, I'd say Slackware is as close to Unix as possible.

Mepis, it looks and feels like MS, and(because it's Debian-based) you have instant access to a Huge number of precompiled programs all for the taking. No compiling or searching for third party programs(like Slackware).
 
Old 12-24-2004, 05:01 PM   #14
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Coming from windows? I would suggest:
Mepis first - install CD also works as a live CD - so you can try it out before you install it.
(So you don't have to download 2 iso's, just one). Easy to install, comes configured nicely,
good hardware support from what I can tell, but lacking a few programs I would want - but
since your just starting, that shouldn't be a big deal. Also installing programs is easy with apt-get.

If that doesn't float your boat, I'de try Suse. A bit more options during the install, but hardware
support is pretty good. And configuration is pretty easy with YAST (i.e - 'control panel' to you).

In a nut shell, there are many good distro's out there - so although you can poll as many people
as you want, you will get a wide variety of answers. Thats the good thing about linux - you have
MANY GOOD CHOISES - not just between SP1, SP2, or outdated.


-tw

personal opinions:
fedora - I didn't like it
mandrake - i didn't like it too much
suse - liked it and still use it sometimes
slackware - the main one I use - If you want to jump into the deep-end, try it.
*BSD - wait till you get some linux experience before you try it
mepis - not bad, I'm playing around with it.
ubuntu - Tried the live CD, its on my list of distros to install and play around with.

AND - since your have decided on trying some, let us know what you think
once they/it gets up and running.

Last edited by tw001_tw; 12-24-2004 at 05:10 PM.
 
Old 12-24-2004, 09:02 PM   #15
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Quote:
Originally posted by Sepero
Please do not be a Slackware fan-boy... Mepis, it looks and feels like MS, and(because it's Debian-based)...
Sepero
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*lol*

Maybe Mepis is a good choice, but it just struck me funny.

However, I agree - if you want Linux to be Windows, you don't want Slack. Maybe Linspire with an XPDE GUI. (Linspire is Debian-based as well, I think.)

But why go for a Windows-alike? Just dual-boot Windows while you learn a Unix-like operating system. There is no Windows-ier thing than Windows itself. And it might be more frustrating and disconcerting to use something that walks like a duck and quacks like a duck but definitely *isn't* a duck and reminds you that it isn't when you're not expecting it. Better to embrace the differences, perhaps. Then you can encounter it as its own thing and not have such an urge to make it something it's not.

Whichever you'd like, of course - I just raise it as a possibility.

-- Oh, and I should clarify that I'm not advocating Slack - just an attitude to bring to Linux. You can use Mepis or Linspire or Mandrake and not even install X, or you can do LFS and slap XPDE on top of it or whatever. I'm not talking about a distro, but an approach.

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