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Old 12-28-2011, 09:38 AM   #1
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Always been interested in Linux, just finally taking the right steps...

Hi Everyone,

I've been in IT for over 10 years, but I've been mostly a Microsoft guy. I started early though, so I've gone through DOS and all flavors of general windows. I've built a gaming system of sorts with water cooled CPU and GPU. I'm now wanting to get more into the more robust OS of Linux. I feel I've put off learning Linux for way to long. I've tried Ubuntu and while it looks plenty pretty, I feel for my system I'm missing alot of what my system needs. I hear Slackware version of Linux is pretty good? Anyways I'll give some more granular questions. (Some system stats at eh bottum)

1. Recomendations for version of Linux to start with?
2. Linux Drivers for GTX 480 that work with SLI?? (I've tried the ones on Nvidia's site and seem pretty garbage for SLI)
3. I can tell from this site that there are alot of good basic forum posts out there but if you could recommend/teach someone from the ground up, How would you start?

I want to learn Linux correctly and really understand what all can be done.

Thanks for any and all help

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Old 12-28-2011, 09:41 AM   #2
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System Specs.

Operating System: Windows
CPU Type: AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1090T
Processor CPU Speed: 3.52 GHz
System Memory: 7.87 GB
Video Card Model: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
Video Card Memory: 3.97 GB
Video Card Driver: nvd3dum.dll
Primary Display Resolution: 5040x1050
Secondary Display Resolution: 1600x1024
Hard Disk Size: 931.39 GB
Hard Disk Free Space: 738.23 GB (79%)
Download Speed: 2.14 MB/s (18 mbps)
Old 12-28-2011, 11:07 AM   #3
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I would do a bit of distrohopping first: try a few distros, for a few days/weeks/whatever each, 'til you find the one that suits you best.
This page is full of useful links, not only applicable to Slackware.
Old 12-28-2011, 12:45 PM   #4
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Thanks Brian I will start with that!
Old 12-28-2011, 10:40 PM   #5
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I would suggest that, rather than start out distro hopping installations, try a few Live CDs which load into RAM without touching the hard drive. Then pick one to concentrate on until you get your feet wet.

There is no official Slackware Live CD, but Porteus is Slackware-based.


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