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Old 04-17-2006, 05:18 PM   #1
Pyro-Bane
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Help me pick a distro!


I've known about linux for a while now, and recently decided to take the plunge. What I need is a linux distro that I, as a former windows user can just jump right into and use without feeling totaly lost!

If nothing else, I'm running mandrake 10.1, and if someone could help me learn what I'm doing (how to install software, getting my favorite games to run etc.) I would appreciate it.
 
Old 04-17-2006, 05:30 PM   #2
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This Forum here at LQ.org has thousands upon thousands upon thousands of posts about distributions. You can also check out DistroWatch for more first-hand accounts of what various distributions are like.

Remember, you're not switching between two versions of Windows, however -- there are going to be significant changes, but one most all of us feel are for the better.
 
Old 04-17-2006, 06:14 PM   #3
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Most people are simply going to tell you to use the one they like. That's what I'll do ... Why Debian...A Sales Pitch

Most of the others will refer you to the links in the previous post or castigate you for asking a question that averages about 3 times per day ... A question for which there is no 'right' answer. Pick one and go.
 
Old 04-17-2006, 06:20 PM   #4
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Pick one and install it. There are several newbie friendly distros out there. Check out SimplyMepis (my recommendation), Ubuntu, or simply put several distro names on a dart board and go with the first one you hit.
 
Old 04-18-2006, 08:38 AM   #5
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Maybe you should try gentoo or a debian clone (debian itself maybe a bit difficult for a newbie)

Reason being is that they have great package management, gentoo has portage and debian has apt-get.

For your any debian clone (and if you can install debian its self than great) is as simple as apt-get softwarePackage to install it....

IMO the best way to learn is setup a test/non production environment whatever you like to call it (one you can break) and just try things out and if they go wrong just re-install.

Cheers

C19
 
Old 04-18-2006, 08:50 AM   #6
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IMO the best way to learn is setup a test/non production environment whatever you like to call it (one you can break) and just try things out and if they go wrong just re-install.

CheersC19
Lol. That's SO true. I cant remember how many times I reinstalled Suse. My advice would be to pick a distro and stick with it. And yes, Suse is a great distro to learn the ropes, Yast does most things for you.

 
Old 04-18-2006, 08:56 AM   #7
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Two bits of advice:
1. Ignore all advice on this topic--pick a distro at random.
2. Start with Ubuntu

Seriously, start with any free distro. Learn all you can, and come back with specific questions
 
Old 04-18-2006, 08:57 AM   #8
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Mandriva is also good for nwcomers...
 
Old 04-18-2006, 09:05 AM   #9
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Lol. That's SO true. I cant remember how many times I reinstalled Suse. My advice would be to pick a distro and stick with it. And yes, Suse is a great distro to learn the ropes, Yast does most things for you.

Sure, SUSE is great for learning, and yast is a great tool for total newbies don't get me wrong however I think newbies should not shy away from learning how to get dirty in the background, so if they switch distro's changing system settings/installing without the help of a graphical control panel won't be a problem.

"Give a man a linux distro and he'll learn a new OS... Teach a man UNIX and he'll learn a way of life"
 
Old 04-18-2006, 09:38 AM   #10
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Haven't said if you have any special hardware, or requirements (languages other than English etc. etc.) how can someone possibly advise something that is good for you, based on their circumstances and needs? follow the links in the first post and the one in my sig.

Try whatever, it doesn;t really matter. There are plenty out there, if you dont like then one move on

Good luck
 
Old 04-18-2006, 10:36 AM   #11
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It maybe huge distro but I'd say SUSE 10 Should be near the top of your list. but beware you'll need to obtain codecs for your video and Cedega for your windows games. Your not going to find either of those on any free distros.
 
Old 04-18-2006, 11:31 AM   #12
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http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...91#post2196791
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...99#post2110599


Definately choose a linux distro.
 
Old 04-18-2006, 12:00 PM   #13
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It maybe huge distro but I'd say SUSE 10 Should be near the top of your list. but beware you'll need to obtain codecs for your video and Cedega for your windows games. Your not going to find either of those on any free distros.
Media works just fine out of the box on Mandriva 2006 Free!!!! And you've got wine to!!! (Ok Cedega is mutch better for games but it's not free)
 
Old 04-18-2006, 12:06 PM   #14
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I started out on SuSE and Mandrake (now Mandriva). But Ubuntu wasn't there when I made the move. I would recommend trying Ubuntu to get used to linux, then moving to gentoo.
 
Old 04-24-2006, 11:55 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the advice. I think I'll try setting up a test-bed system, so if (see also when) I break it, its no big loss.

Also, my apologies for disappearing for so long, I get the privilege of doing family tech support, and in that busyness every problem is "a crisis that must be handled now".
 
  


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