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Old 04-22-2005, 03:07 PM   #1
linux_noob_21
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Choosing a good distro for a beginner


I was recently introduced to linux by a friend at school. He gave me the disks for Mandrake 9.2 and I installed it on my machine with no problems. I am just curious though, since I am a beginner with linux, are there better distributions for me to use?
 
Old 04-22-2005, 03:09 PM   #2
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depends .......

1) can you learn?
2) are you GUI only for everything?
3) do you like to use/know your computer/system/OS?
4) can you solve problems without stressing out?
 
Old 04-22-2005, 03:17 PM   #3
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Not better. Different. You'll learn much with Slackware, Debian or Gentoo.

Are you willing to ? It's up to you .

Cheers
 
Old 04-22-2005, 05:12 PM   #4
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Dude! U need FreeBSD.
I know, i know, it's UNIX; But, its sooooo much better. It's really helpful if you want to learn the UNIX/Linux OS technology and structure.
 
Old 04-23-2005, 03:02 AM   #5
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There are a lot of Linux distros around and the only way to find out which is the best for you is to try out a few.
 
Old 04-23-2005, 02:27 PM   #6
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Re: Choosing a good distro for a beginner

Quote:
Originally posted by linux_noob_21
I was recently introduced to linux by a friend at school. He gave me the disks for Mandrake 9.2 and I installed it on my machine with no problems. I am just curious though, since I am a beginner with linux, are there better distributions for me to use?
better is a matter of oppinion and nothing more in linux.

example. for newbies (yeah im still one, just not as much of one) i highly reccomend any of the main 3 RPM based distros. RedHat (now called Fedora Core), SuSe, and Mandrake(MDK).

i personaly can not stand MDK after the horrid issues i had with it on my laptop. SuSe and RH/FC are both top notch. they all have very intuitive GUI based installs, they all have loads of bloat so that will slow down older systems, but it is great for someone who is new to linux as all of the major tools are already installed for you.

i spent a little over a year working with RH9 before i moved to debian. if i had tried debian to start with i can tell you the learning curve would of been to great for me and i would of ended up hating it. i now love debian and am working on converting all of my linux systems over to debian.

my sujestion is start with something easy like FC or SuSe and take time to learn enough to get comfortable with the CLI (command line interface) and get some basics of linux under your belt, then fork out and start experimenting with the more 'powerful' distros like slack, debian, gentoo, etc...
 
  


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