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Old 06-08-2005, 11:14 PM   #1
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I'm planning to try out Linux on the desktop for the first time, but I am a complete noob at this. Here are my two questions:

1) Could I have Linux installed on a separate hard drive, and basically choose which one to boot up, Windows or Linux? Is choosing what boots up the job of LILO?

2) I am aware of the whole question of choosing a distro etc. Here is my question: should I go with a more difficult distribution first (Slackware and Debian often get mentioned) or start off with an easier one (Mandriva, Ubuntu, and Fedora got mentioned)? What are your recommendations?

Thanks a lot.
Old 06-08-2005, 11:25 PM   #2
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1) Yes, LILO or Grub will do the job.

2) I think with a little research, you could use any distribution. I think it is somewhat of a myth that Slackware or Debian are harder than other distros. If I had to recommend a distribution for someone new to Linux I would choose Debian.
Old 06-08-2005, 11:33 PM   #3
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suse is also a good beginner distro.. the new ubuntu is excellent also.
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In the same vein, remember that they all come with unlimited cmd line access eg via xterms, so even if you pick a so-called easy distro eg Fedora, once you learn enough, you can then start doing everything from the cmd line


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