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Old 12-31-2004, 08:54 AM   #16
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It isn't really that much more advanced, it's just more options.
It is, however, bit of an overkill to buy it if you are a complete beginner. Do you have a CD burner? You can just download it, then. You can also make a SuSE install over FTP as described here.

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Old 12-31-2004, 09:05 AM   #17
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Go ahead and buy it. SUSE is pretty easy to use (comparable to Fedora). The professional edition has greater functionality than the personal edition, but isn't any more difficult to use.
Old 12-31-2004, 10:28 AM   #18
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If you want to try Linux, I would suggest running one of the bootable distros such as Morphix or Knoppix. They boot directly off the disk and you don't have to install anything.

If you are a beginner at Linux, I would suggest a distro such as Lycoris desktop/lx, Lindows or Xandros. As you get more "experienced" at Linux, you should try Red Hat Linux or MandrakeLinux. If you really feel confident, take the plunge and install Linux without a GUI (Graphical User Interface).

I remember my first Linux distro... Red Hat Linux 7.1... And I remember the trouble I had trying to get it to recognise the NTFS system I had installed Windows 2000 under... Ah, it was bliss, me and my command line, trying franticly to find the correct command in the user manual, giving up in despair and just reformatting the whole drive, and finding out that I forgot to backup my stuff... (Now that I think of it, Red Hat Linux 9 isn't much better at recognising NTFS than 7.1 )

Welcome to Linux!

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Old 12-31-2004, 12:27 PM   #19
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SuSe is nice but when I installed it did poorly on my drivers. This is weird because every other distro did fine. I didn't get my nvidia Gfx 5200 video card and it installed my Ethernet card but for some reason it was running at 3KB/s when it was supposed to be going 30KB/s. For a beginner I would use Xandros. It works really great. Best of all it can read you windows partitions so you can read all you files off of there. Hope this helps.

Oh and, your in for a ride. Linux is defiantly a learning experience. It will seem horrible at first but you'll get it.


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