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Old 10-15-2004, 05:40 PM   #1
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It's probably been asked a million times...

So here is 1000001.

I've been tinkering off and on with starting into Linux.

I've looked at Fedora, Mandrake, Gentoo. I've tried installing Debian, but couldn't get around some installing problems.

If you were suggesting someone to start from scratch in learning Linux, what would you have them do?


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Old 10-15-2004, 05:59 PM   #2
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whitebox 3 very very simple install. if you can install windows you can install whitebox.

basicaly what it is is RedHat without the price tag. RHE (enterprise edition) is a fee of roughly $700 for the support service that RH is now providing.

go there and get the 3 CDs. you can really get away with just the 1, but it makes life easier to just have all 3 CDs and do a full GUI install with all the programs you need/want to install.

good luck.
Old 10-15-2004, 07:02 PM   #3
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I see no reason to get an enterprise linux for personal use, but that is just me.

My Analysis:

Mandrake: Use it if you just want it to work, want variety and a lot of Graphical tools, but don't mind shelling out for Mandrake Club (20 a month). Strictly speaking you can get and use mandrake for free, but the free version sucks in my mind.

SUSE: Just want it to work and like KDE

Fedora: Just want it to work and like GNOME

Gentoo: If you want to completely customize your box and learn a lot about linux at the expense of having moments of extreme stress.

Debian: If you like ulcers or will have a guru set it up for you.

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Old 10-15-2004, 11:47 PM   #4
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whitebox is baicaly RH9, and i like RH9 way better then i do the FC line that i have seen. that is why i recomend it. heck if you do a base install with only the first CD, then yum your x-server and either kde or gnome you will have a very light OS but will have patch/security, and what not support for the next several years from RH, indirectly, for free.


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