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ppotter3 08-07-2007 11:26 AM

Which Linux Do you recommend? And Why?!?
I am enrolled in Cisco Academy, and next semester plan on taking Linux core courses. I play around with Ubuntu a lot and several others and would like to know from a more experienced and abroad spectrum which Linux you recommend? Note: I am a experienced windows user. I would like to free my self of the Microsoft cult! Thank you


jailbait 08-07-2007 01:35 PM

"I play around with Ubuntu a lot and several others and would like to know from a more experienced and abroad spectrum which Linux you recommend?"

I think that you should be fine with Ubuntu or Kubuntu. I prefer the look of Kubuntu to Ubuntu.

Steve Stites

raskin 08-07-2007 01:56 PM

Well, nobody knows what will be enterprise soon.. So you can try CentOS (it is a clone of RHEL - all packages are built from the same SRPMs) Or maybe OpenSUSE. Or you can continue using Ubuntu - it has a chance to be the most popular desktop Linux. Or you can try to dive into Linux from Scratch just to have some problems with low level configuration (if you are too fortunate, it is easy to create them - before building anything beyond basic LFS, so you will be able to fight low-level system setup in a simple environment). Or ask your teacher on Cisco courses what they in the Cisco Academy would recommend..

Maybe your experience with distributions is fruitful when you have reasons to want to use some distribution and 'I am more accustomed to it' is not considered at all.

XavierP 08-07-2007 02:09 PM

Moved: This thread is more suitable in Linux-Distributions and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.

pixellany 08-07-2007 02:35 PM

The "getting started" link below might be helpful.

Hern_28 08-07-2007 08:50 PM

Decide on What you want exactly.
I would recommend trying a few live cd's and discovering exactly what you want in a distro, which GUI you prefer (KDE, GNOME...). If ubuntu works for you, then by all means Ubuntu :D. If you want too dig into linux a little more you could move to debian or slackware. But in the end you will be using the distro you choose, so best advice is to try them.

If you like a challenge and tweaking your system you might prefer another distro (Slackware or Debian). If you reaaaaaly want to get into linux then Gentoo of LFS would likely be the target (but not the best place to start).

The beauty of linux is basically:

You have many choices that range in difficulty of use and this is by no means a comprehensive list, just an overgeneralization based on my experiences with the distro's.

Ubuntu, Opensuse = nice User friendly for beginners or those who don't wan't to be bothered with manually configuring and installing everything, large support base, loaded repositories and is usually stable on most systems.

Debian = usually rock solid, more difficult to learn than ubuntu but also has a large support group, again loaded repositories and stable version is know for STABLE.

Slackware = Rock solid once setup, lightening fast, usually installs pretty easily but does require the use of the comand line to tweak the system. Has a large support group, and there are lots of places to get software packages but you might have to search or you can compile them yourself( compiling can be done with all previously mentioned). Has a minimal package manager that can be installed. This is what I started with, I have tried many others but use this because I'm most comfortable with it.

Gentoo, LFS = might want to get the books for these. I did install gentoo without too much of a problem when I was first switching to linux but the book is necessary especially as a newbie to tweak it and LFS might be a bit much (although the book is quite detailed). But they were also lightening fast and rock solid once up on my system.

In short, best to try out a few distro's and decide which best suits your needs. Best wishes and welcome to linux :D.

ppotter3 08-08-2007 12:06 PM

Thank you...

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