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Old 09-26-2004, 03:53 PM   #16
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Macca1 - since you're in the UK, keep an eye out for Linux Format at your newsagent. There are often full distros included on the cover disks (either CD or DVD depending on preference) - in the last couple of months, they have included Gentoo 2004.2 (I think) , Slackware 10.0 and Suse 9.1 Personal. (My first Linux install was Mandrake 9.1 from a cover disk.) Plus, there's usually a whole bunch of other software as well. Saves a hell of a lot of download time...
Old 09-26-2004, 04:01 PM   #17
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One prob so far, a Visual Basic program I wrote doesn't execute Will look into that.
Try running it with wine, it was probably compiled for a Win32 system and wine is a free program designed to run Win32 programs in linux. Or you can port your program, but I personally try to stay away from VB so you'll have to find that out or ask someone else :P. Good luck
Old 09-26-2004, 06:16 PM   #18
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About paying for distros, which you seem to be a bit confused about. Linux the kernel (core of the OS) and most of the basic tools are open source, which means that you are free to do whatever you want with it for personal use. It also means that all you need is the source code to use them, which is always available for free. The vast majority of other applications available for Linux are also open source, but not all of them.

Red Hat, Mandrake, and Suse are all businesses, and of course they are going to encourage you to give them your money. To this end they do things like offer service deals, bonus downloads, and their own proprietary add-ons to their versions of Linux. But you're free to ignore their pleas for money as they all offer their distributions for free as well.

Other distros like Debian and Gentoo are not run by corporations, but have been developed by groups of volunteers. The most they will ask you for are donations to help the cause.

So you needn't worry about paying for anything. But you might consider giving them some support if you find that some version of Linux is of benefit to you.

One final bit of advice. The various distros really do have their own characters. If you should happen to find yourself frustrated and put out by the one you choose first off, I'd suggest trying out another before giving up. I switched from Mandrake to Debian, for example, because while Mandrake was much easier to set up, it was much more frustrating to maintain and upgrade. Debian was hard to set up, but much easier to work with once I had it going.

Here's a good rundown of the various major distributions:


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