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Old 05-28-2008, 11:33 AM   #16
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Vector Linux is very easy to install, easy to configure, and is much easier to setup than Slackware.

I liked it so much, I finally switched from Slackware after using it for the past 12-15 years.

Slackware is great, no doubt about it, but it takes take quite a bit of tweaking, which I finally got tired of doing.

I've tried Ubuntu, and I really thought it sucked overall. Just something about it I did not care for. Same goes for pretty much other distro I've tried except for Slackware and Vector.
Old 05-28-2008, 12:40 PM   #17
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Ubuntu is very easy. You can install anything that interests you tho, theres enough documentation floating around. Usually it just requires reading a wiki and then searching the forum if you hit any roadblocks.
Old 05-28-2008, 01:48 PM   #18
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I have installed the following distributions: redhat/fedora, mandrake/mandriva, debian, ubuntu, knoppix, simplymepis.

The simplest installation I have ever seen is simplymepis. It is simpler than ubuntu. It boots as a live evaluation CD, then is installed by clicking an icon on the desktop. I realize that the ubuntu live CD also works this way, but after clicking the icon, simplymepis requires only about 4 mouse clicks to accept the default settings. May choices are removed, as it imposes more configuration options than debian or ubuntu. You do not choose packages to install, they are chosen for you. You can add/remove anything afterward using the synaptic package manager. It uses the debian repositories, so it has about 18,000+ packages you can install.

Oh, I should add that I found another live evaluation CD, pclinuxos, to be as easily installed as simplmepis. Pclinuxos is an rpm-based distribution, like mandriva. It also uses the synaptic frontend for package management. It does not have as many packages for download as simplymepis, but has many nevertheless.

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Old 05-28-2008, 04:23 PM   #19
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Best tip would be to download a few 'live CDs' from distros that look cool. try them out on your pc (they dont install anything) and go from there.
Old 05-28-2008, 04:36 PM   #20
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Well as a absolute Newbie I have tried two Slackware and Ubuntu, I was able to install both without to many issues however I would have to say Ubuntu installed and configured easier than Slackware, I am sure both these and many others are great Dist's. Just my two cents.
Old 05-29-2008, 02:31 AM   #21
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Hi linux users, I am new to the forum but have been using linux in isolation for quite a while. At the moment I multiboot WinXP, WinVista, SimplyMepis6 and Fedora Core6. And I am writing this from CentOS 4.3 installed in vmware workstation (because it is a work machine as I'm at work as I write now, one can also use the virtual system if you have issues with network hardware and then use mswindows as your slave. it works pretty fast as we know linux can work light even with full graphics on).

For a person coming from mswindows I think the easiest distro would be SimplyMEPIS as it runs KDE, I do not mean that GNOME is not user friendlty but one needs to begin with something a little bit more familiar. The advice of starting by doing virtual installation is great indeed so as to be able to understand what needs to be done and how.

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