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Old 03-05-2006, 01:46 PM   #1
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Help my Decision Process

Well I think it is time for linux. I have been using windows since windows 95. I am a computer science student. However three specific dists come to mind for me:
and (K)ubuntu.

It would be nice to have an easy way to setup my home network and printer sharing as well. The network needs to be reliable, yet easy to use/setup.

Has anyone tried any of these? And what would you guys recomend for a new linux user, who knows windows inside out.


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I've tried all three. Of those choices, I'd recommend SuSE.

Mepis is also a decent choice for a newbie.
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I have tried Mandriva and Suse and they are both good. The thing that probably makes them good for first timers is the install.

from my experience they were fairly easy to install and the hardware detection was excellent.

I think an linux install can be pretty daunting the first time around and they both make it easier.

they also have a lot of graphical tools for configaration - again something useful for someone who is not used to the file system or the shell interface.

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All that you can realistically do is to expect it to be "daunting." But after all, you are a computer-science student. We did a whole lot worse things with the computers at our school and didn't find it "daunting."

Anyhow... do your homework early. You know that you'll be doing a lot with Samba (the Windows file-sharing daemon), so read-up about that, before you start installing things.

Make sure that you're doing your install on a separate machine, or at least a separate drive. If you keep the drives completely separate, you can reboot back into "what's familiar" at any time, having never modified that configuration at all throughout.
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Here is another option:
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I'm thinking that I will get the Live CD's for these three. And then go from there. Base it on what I see on the Cd.

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Originally Posted by shane12088
Has anyone tried any of these? And what would you guys recomend for a new linux user, who knows windows inside out.

Knowing windows does not mean much when it comes to Linux:

I would recomend you read the reviews section of this site.
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Ubuntu Breezy Recommended

I am a long-time windows user, converted to linux a few years ago. I have tried virtually every major distro on the quest for the "right one". I have found Ubuntu to be powerfull enough for me, packed with *recent* software (unlike debian for example) and EXTREMELY NOOBIE FIENDLY! Plus, the interface is beautiful.
And although I highly recomend a debian-based distro (like Ubuntu), SUSE 10 OSS is a great choice, and is my backup distro. The only issue there is as you get into compiling software, the default gcc (C /C++/fortran compiler) version is 4.0, which is not *yet* fully supported and will NOT compile alot of older source tarballs. That said, you realy can't go wrong with a distro with a large userbase.
Would like to hear your feed back.
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Ubuntu's documentation is superb. Support forums are very responsive and the software just works on my system. MEPIS is another really straight off the box linux that impressed me a lot. I found SUSE with a lot of bloatware, but that I guess was my naivity in choosing the packages at installation. GNOME gdm would not work for me in SUSE, but Ubuntu GNOME is very intuitive. I beleive Novell is coming with a recent release NLD 10 with the latest and greatest GNOME and is a looker! Anyway your choices are excellent. You will enjoy anything you choose. All the best!
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Here is another option:
OS - Fedora Core 4 (kernel-2.6.15-whatever_FC4)
Partition - 20Gb LVM on hda 1Gb Swap
Desktops - KDE/Gnome
SYS - ProStar Model 8894 Laptop
CPU - 2.1Ghz Intel Pentium 4
RAM - 768Mb DDR
HDD - 20Gb 5400RPM
CD - Toshiba CDRW/DVD Combo SD-R2212
VID - ATI Radeon Mobility 7500 64Mb DDR
15.7" TFT LCD @ 1280x1024 SXGA
SND - Intel 82801CA/CAM AC'97-SPSA 5.1 S/PDIF Surround
NET - Intersil PRISM 11Mbps PCMCIA Wireless Adapter (Active on eth1)
Realtek RTL-8139C+ (Disabled on eth0)
CAP - Brooktree Bt878 A/V Capture (bttv)
TV Tuner S-Video/Cable/Broadcast (NTSC)
USB - 4 Port USB-1.1/2.0
HID - Logitec USB Wireless Kbd/Mouse
LPT - Lexmark Z23 1200x1200dpi Color
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