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Old 05-05-2005, 09:30 PM   #1
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Best Linux

I am compleatly new to Linux I have Xandros 3 Dekux

What do you fell is the best distrobution ??

Is red hat nice??

Old 05-05-2005, 09:34 PM   #2
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red hat is old,fedora is the new desktop far as the best distro,the important question to answer is,what do you want do do with it?
Old 05-05-2005, 09:45 PM   #3
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Since one of the things most new linux users have trouble with is installing applications, I think the best starter linux would be Fedora Core. It doesn't come with anything that isn't free, so you don't get mp3 support or things like that, but other than that, Linux is Linux, KDE is KDE, Gnome is get the idea.
Old 05-05-2005, 10:15 PM   #4
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<sarcasm>This won't be a controversial thread at all.</sarcasm>

That aside, Gentoo is by far my vote for the best distribution. I absolutely love it.
Old 05-05-2005, 10:29 PM   #5
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It all depends on what you plan to use Linux to do. And how much you want to learn. Xandros is a good distro to start out with.

Personally I like Debian. It is very easy to install more programs and to keep the system updated.

You can also add more repositories to other software. Using the repositories on my source.list I have over 20,000 packages available.

Plus it worked when I installed it on both my new desktop system and my old Dell C600 laptop.
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Originally posted by piscikeeper
red hat is old,fedora is the new desktop release.
Let me correct you. Redhat is not old, they just don't have an official Redhat release for public use or provided for free, etc. Fedora is Redhat's community driven distribution. All other Redhat releases are commercial releases.

And to sum all the answers your going to get from a question like this that you ask, the "best linux" is the one you choose to use, if you catch my drift of what I'm trying to tell you!
Old 05-05-2005, 10:53 PM   #7
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lol......what i should have said was that red hat 9 was the last personal desktop version developed in-house.they then turned it over to the community for continued developement as the fedora line while keeping the enterprise line in-house.
my fedora box is actually a rh9(boxed set from 2003) install updated to core 3.that in itself is one of the things i like about rh/fedora....very easy to upgrade without reinstalling.
Old 05-05-2005, 10:54 PM   #8
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The most common answers are SuSE, Mandrake (isn't it Mandriva now?), Fedora, etc. Everyone uses something different.

I've heard a bunch of bad about Fedora, I think it depends on how well you are disposed to finding quick fixes.

My answer: Linux From Scratch

But if you're new, you may not want to tackle it *evil grin + evil laughing*.

I'm not an expert on this, I'm just recapping hearsay, but the Linux From Scratch is my own.

Try a bit of everything, but most importantly, have fun.
Have Fun!

PS: Whatever you do, Don't choose Debian Woody (Stable)</rant> I'm still mad. Newer versions (Sid or Sarge) are probably fine. I hope.
Old 05-06-2005, 12:55 AM   #9
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Welcome to LQ. Generally there is no right or wrong answer for what the "best" distro is - it's a subjective call, and different people like different distros for different reasons. My recommendation however is to try several, then make up your own mind as to which one best fits your needs and preferences. Many of the most popular distros are available for free download from LinuxISO as well as here at LQ ISO Have fun and good luck -- J.W.
Old 05-06-2005, 02:07 AM   #10
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If you rephrase your question a bit to be:

"The best Linux - that is easy to install and usually will work for the first time, and at the same time free-of-charge", I would say Fedora Core. Usually it works with most computers and easy to install with its graphical installation.
Old 05-06-2005, 07:11 AM   #11
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I vote for SuSE.
Old 05-06-2005, 07:54 AM   #12
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Mine is ubuntu ... easy to install , easy to manage and is new hardware compliant.
It is based upond Debian, a famous world known distro.

I would recommend this one.

Old 05-06-2005, 08:05 AM   #13
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Slackware is the best for learning linux they say. I've used suse, mandrake, red hat before and all of those didn't learn me anything. Almost everything is automatic and that's not fun. I like options. Also, there are tons of slack fans out there with knowledge if something goes wrong!

Well I'll never leave slack but I might check out gentoo some day which seems great too!
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I vote for gentoo!
Old 05-06-2005, 10:27 AM   #15
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Try using the "search" function on these forums and you'll find a few hundred threads asking this exact same question.

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