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Old 07-30-2003, 12:59 PM   #1
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newbie needs help

I finally decided to take the plunge and I am going to install linux on an inspiron 5100 notebook. I wanted to make it a dual boot system so I could still use windows (for now). I have done some reading on linux and I know I am going to need some advice on where to get hardware drivers and etc. for my machine. Also, if possible which kind of linux does everybody like? I've heard that Redhat is probably the way to go. Thanks for any help
Old 07-30-2003, 01:03 PM   #2
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Hi bend2

Mandrake 9.1 is worth checking out too.

You can see all the major distributions at Distrowatch - the link is in my signature at the bottom
Old 07-30-2003, 01:05 PM   #3
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I prefer redhat but it is a matter of choice. As for drivers - most large distributions will come with the required drivers. The only thing you may need to install is a display driver but many of them are also included.
Old 07-30-2003, 02:32 PM   #4
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Mandrake is good for newbies, followed by Redhat . If you are comfortable with linux or unix..slackware is very good. But in the end, its a matter of choice..really.


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