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Old 11-29-2006, 05:41 PM   #1
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Which Distro/BSD For Me?

I am not sure which disro/BSD to use.

Here is some info about me as a computer user:

I will be running Linux on a fast, new (probably 64k) mac through Parallels Desktop.

I am using Linux for desktop purposes.

I want the linux ot be free for basic things.

I want a liveCD to try it out.

I have never used Linux before, but I know some stuff about it.

I don't know how to code, but I wouldn't mind doing some copying and pasting.

This distro should run off KDE or Gnome (but preferably have a KDE option somehow)

I have linksys wireless internet.

I need a somewhat mature, pretty fast, nice-looking OS that makes it ewasy ot get a lot of free software.

Ask if you need ot know anything else, but besides thta, give me a top 3 list in order of best suited first.

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Old 11-29-2006, 05:52 PM   #2
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If your looking for ease-of-use and "out of the box" workings, such as th I'd recommend Ubuntu or SuSE.

If you want to learn how Linux really works, I'd recommend Slackware.
Old 11-29-2006, 06:55 PM   #3
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use kubuntu
Old 11-29-2006, 07:21 PM   #4
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Old 11-29-2006, 08:08 PM   #5
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PCLinuxOS .92

This is the distro I use and recommend, Why because it works right out of the box. No need to configure Everything, everything just works. It also comes as a 1 CD install that is a live CD that you can install later if you wish.




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Old 12-03-2006, 07:50 AM   #6
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Old 12-03-2006, 12:30 PM   #7
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I think per your specs that Kubuntu would be the first one you should try..

* It has a KDE desktop by default.
* It's modern, and looks nice
* Additional software is easily installed using the Synaptic GUI or from the command line with apt-get
* Lots of help for basic configuration and troubleshooting is quickly available through the Ubuntuguide
* There is a live version of Ubuntu available which would have the Gnome desktop, I dunno if Kubuntu has a live CD or not... Ubuntu and Kubuntu are the same except Ubuntu has Gnome and Kubuntu has KDE by default.
* Running Ubuntu under Parallels Desktop on a Mac and yet another how-to

Best of luck to you !!

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Old 12-03-2006, 02:05 PM   #8
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SuSE, if you're a complete newbie. Ubuntu is relatively easy to use, but expect to invest some time and a learning curve to master the system.

Good luck.


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