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Old 04-14-2005, 07:56 PM   #1
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I am a complete noob with linux.

I am quite versed in Windows but I hate anything Microsoft. I change my hardware quite often and this Product Authentication is a royal pain in the kaboos. I get anywhere from 1-3 months out of a fresh install. And I'm tired of it. So I really want to switch to Linux.
I've tried quite a few distros so far and Linuxo was the only distro that had almost everything I need/use in Windows. Problem is, its not english. Is there any way to restore this distro to english? If not, is there any distro that is close to what Linuxo is?
Knoppix is close but I'll be darned if I know how to install it to my hard drive. And I mean a full install, not a image copy.

I am installing this on my unused computer (Athlon 1700+) so I am still using Windows. I want to completely remove Windows from all 3 computers but I can't until I learn enough to be compedent with Linux. If I can get a distro like Linuxo where I can use it most of the time, I should be able to learn how to use Linux much easier.
Old 04-14-2005, 09:32 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ. The choice of software shouldn't be concern. Every piece of Linux s/w can be installed and run on any distro.
The question you should ask is which distro has best tools for installing s/w. My personal favorite is Debian, but for some unknown reason it is not recommended for novice users.
Old 04-14-2005, 11:18 PM   #3
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As Emerson stated, the software packages that are included with the distro don't amount to a hill of beans. (I'm paraphrasing). Once your Linux system is installed, you can happily download and install all of the software you want and your HDD will hold.

Check out for reviews and information on a lot of different distros available to you.

Pay attention to things like package management and community support as these can be important for a newbie in particular.

Check out:
Fedora Core

As they are all pretty easy to use and include tools to make life a little easier for the newbie.

And remember, google is your friend.
Old 04-15-2005, 01:16 AM   #4
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If you are new to linux but planning to use it to the level you know how to use Windows, I'd probably suggest not using the above posted distrobutions. While yes, they're very nice, easy to use and some of the Debian-based ones have prety good package managers behind them, you won't learn anything beneath the surface. It gets boring pretty fast.

I'd suggest Arch Linux (personal fav) or Slackware (not great package management in my opinion). Maybe Gentoo except you compile everything from source so it definitely has the leet-factor, it also has the I've-clearly-got-too-much-time-factor. Everybody who has used all three distros reckon Arch mixes the best of Slackware and Gentoo so there you have my recommendation. However everybody will recommend their own distro so take it with a pinch of salt. You'll only find the one that right for you by experimenting. Experimentation is fun

And yeah, is doesn't matter which distro you use, you can install the same programs on all of them and if you use a distrobution with a decent package manager like Arch () you can install something like OpenOffice as simply as typing this at a command line
pacman -S openoffice-base


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