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Old 11-30-2002, 12:26 PM   #1
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Question Just getting started

Iím about to dive into Linux for the first time, and figured I get a little some advise before I smack head into the rocks. I am highly proficient in Windows 9x and 2000, and have some programming background. I feel that adding Linux skills to my toolbox could be professionally useful and personally rewarding.

The system I am setting up is a P3 800MHz with a Trios hard drive selector switch. I will be able boot from any one of three hard drives (Win 98, Win 2000, Linux) available on my primary master IDE channel, with the primary slave will be used for files.

My first round of what Iím sure will be many questions is:

1] What distribution of Linux would be best for a newbie?

2] How much hard drive space would you recommend at a minimum? I have a spare 2.5 GB drive I could use to start out.

Any recommendations or suggestion are welcome.

Thank you,


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Old 11-30-2002, 12:30 PM   #2
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Hi there CM,

1] I'd suggest you go for Redhat 8, or SuSE 8.1 if you're in europe (bear in mind you must pay for SuSE). Mandrake is also good for newbies, but I've not got any experience with it, so don't want to recommend it for now. I'd go for RH8, it's one of the slickest distros around at the moment, esp for newbies. It's also easier to get support.

Do NOT go for Debian or Gentoo style distros just get. You may wish to try them at a later date if you want to get more adventurous, but to start with it'd just piss you off.

2] 2.5 gig is just about ok. You'll find it a squeeze to fit all the apps in however and you won't have much space to save files to in your home directory.

Assuming you realise just how great Linux is and drop Windows entirely, you don't want to end up like me finding that I'm trying to fit all my work into a 3 gig partition with a 10gig windows drive going spare
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