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Old 05-13-2003, 07:40 PM   #1
Ekim Gram
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Best distro for a home user and new to linux?

What would you suggest, I've got Mandrake 9.1 but I would like to know what other people choose around here.
Old 05-13-2003, 07:54 PM   #2
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Try Redhat, try lots of distros!
Old 05-13-2003, 08:07 PM   #3
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Red Hat, SuSE and Mandrake are all relatively easy to install. The installation program for each does a good job of recognizing most hardware. In most cases you can just accept the default choices. By default they set Linux up to automatically boot up into a graphical point-and-click X-Windows interface such as Gnome or KDE.

Slackware is slightly more difficult to use. It does not recognize as much hardware automatically. It also requires more decisions on the part of the user during installations such as what kernel to use. By default after installation it leaves you at a command line interface without starting X-Windows for you. A sightly more experienced user may prefer how Slackware allows more controll of how things are set-up. So Slackware is a good distro but perhaps not tor a newbie. Of course there are many other distros that I have never tried.
Old 05-13-2003, 08:54 PM   #4
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i would suggest mandy for a newbie.
Old 05-13-2003, 09:16 PM   #5
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I enjoyed Redhat when I started...
Old 05-13-2003, 10:08 PM   #6
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For a total newb, Lycoris for sure. It's a freindly enough enviroment, and not cluttered with as much junk as the big distros. Plus, you only need to download one cd to get going....and their forums at are very good as well.

It's probably the best distro to get started with, and then, if you need all the other junk you can move on to the more complicated distros with some knowledge under your belt.
Old 05-13-2003, 10:27 PM   #7
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Well, my first was Mandrake 9.1 but I would like to explore so right now I'm downloading the ISO's for Red Hat 9.
Old 05-13-2003, 11:10 PM   #8
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Also search the Distro forum for dozens of similiar threads asking this same question.
Old 05-14-2003, 04:26 AM   #9
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I would suggest either mandrake or lycoris. Mandrake have far better support should something go wrong than lycoris (just pop into #mandrake on freenode !) Lycoris will give you a recognisable desktop and detects hardware very well.
Old 05-14-2003, 05:36 AM   #10
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I find Red Hat easy to install and "less-bugy", plus it supports allot of hardware....

But i guess i'm being biased since its my favorite distro...
Old 05-15-2003, 10:13 PM   #11
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As a fairly new linux user I chose Mandrake over Red Hat simply because of Mandrakes internet sharing button which allowed me to share the internet obviously

Yes it was that easy to pick a distro.

I am slowly, very slowly actually moving into the CLI so who knows further on down the track I may change my mind but for the time being I am more than happy with Mandrake.
Old 05-16-2003, 11:31 AM   #12
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if you're experimenting with different distros - don't forget Knoppix. a really great project. you can run it from the live CD (nothing written to HDD), and there's a very simple script to do a HDD install later if you want.

howtos and forum at

Old 05-19-2003, 01:23 PM   #13
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Libranet is a one cd download for the essentials disk, 2.0. If you like it you can then buy 2.7 or 2.8.

Also, Peanut 9.5 is fairly painless as well.
Old 05-19-2003, 05:26 PM   #14
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Well, I tried Red Hat 9 and I didn't like it much. It was "iffy".
Old 05-19-2003, 05:35 PM   #15
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Give Slackware a go.


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