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Old 10-14-2008, 05:24 AM   #1
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need initial help which version of OS to use And installation procedure

HI everybody,
I am a novice of linux and i am a little bit confused with the info that there are many product of linux like fedora,redhat,ubuntu etc and i can work with any of this products.But one think to mention that i am a student of undergraduate in computer science and engineering and my first target to use linux to have a clear concept about this OS. So anybody should suggest me which product and version of it to use along with the detail initial requisite as early as possible.Wish u the best.

Md.Dawood Kabir
Old 10-14-2008, 06:01 AM   #2
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Just about any distro will do to get your feet wet, but eventually you'll probably want to sample several distributions before you settle on the one that suits you best. That's the beauty of it; they're all "Linux" under the hood, but the great variety in the exact implementations lets you find the ones that are best for you, because there's no one version that's right for everybody.

Go to DistroWatch and take a look at the "Major Distributions" page, and simply choose one that sounds good to you. The best thing is to have a spare computer that you can play with and install and wipe as needed. But dual booting or running a live disk version are also good ways to get started.

My main suggestion for you, if you really want to learn Linux, is to stay away from the "beginner-friendly" distributions, like Mandriva or Ubuntu. The more hand-holding a system does for you, the less you really learn. Choose something a bit more complex, and be prepared to take the time to sweat through the hard parts. In the end you'll be glad you did.
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I agree. I would recommend starting with Ubuntu Live CD to start getting familiar with the vocabulary associated with Linux, then move to its parent, Debian Linux, or Slackware Linux. Ubuntu and Debian are very similar in their construction, but you will quickly notice that Ubuntu is aimed at the novice while Debian really requires you to read up on what you're doing. Slackware has a sophistication comparable to Debian, and it is my personal favorite. A simplified version of Slackware you might try is KateOS. In any case, use the website to discover a distribution that fits your preference.
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