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Old 08-21-2004, 06:32 AM   #1
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From Which Linux Version Should I Start

Hi there,

Guys i am new to Linux. It is my dream to get experties in Linux but right now i am raw hand and know nothing about Linux.

Please help me out and tell me (1) From which Linux version should I start (2) What is best way to learn fast (3) There is any need of having very good knowledge of networking to learn Linux.

And everything you guys recommend. I am waiting for your response.


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Old 08-21-2004, 06:41 AM   #2
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Hello Shabbir,

Try Knoppix if you are a windows user and want to have Windows on your machine. You can run it off the CDROM without installing and be able to do most things. You can install it to the HDD if you like and setup a dual booting system or just wipe put windows and install Knpoppix which is basically a Debian Linux system,

You can, connct to the internet and download stuff to your machine using a program called APT.

Linux has a variety in everything - you can try them out and choose your own categories in each area

Try out the different desktops first!
Old 08-21-2004, 06:42 AM   #3
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that's a daily Q.

if you wanna learn : try Slackware ( i say that because i use it ).
in fact, any distro has it's pro's and con's. on this site you can find several reviews, written by users.
that might be helpful.

good luck

Old 08-21-2004, 08:08 AM   #4
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Mandrake is a very "Windows-like" distro to start with. You can buy "ready-to-load" CDs here for 99 US.

LibraNet is another good beginners distro.
Old 08-21-2004, 09:06 AM   #5
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I agree with Old Bob

Mandrake is very easy to install. If you want immediate success, try Mandrake. Mandrake has nearly all of the applications that most users would want.

After you have played around with Mandrake for a few days, then you may want try Suse 9.1 Professional. Suse 9.1 Pro has far more applications than Mandrake.

I have found that hardware compatibility is the bigest headache in Linux. If you are a dial-up internet user, then you may need to purchase a hardware modem to replace your software modem. A cheap hardware modem should cost no more than $20 if you shop around. You might also have compatibility issues with you graphics chipset. For this reason, I use an nVidia card.

Because I am a Linux Zealot, I made certain that my computer was compatible with Linux before I made the purchase. In fact, I received a great deal of help with hardware selection from Linux Questions.

Old bob suggested a good place to purchase CD's.
Old 08-21-2004, 01:02 PM   #6
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yes i like mandrake, and think that it's a good starting distribution. It was the first distribution i tried. it has a control center sort of like windows' but much better - you'll see once you use it. The installation is fun - all visual, with nice buttons, and the rpm system for packages makes it really easy to install stuff

just my opinion
Old 08-21-2004, 11:31 PM   #7
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you can actually run software modem by using slmodem (
but it's a bit tricky on using it.

just try it.

But if running SUSE 9.1, it support software modem.


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