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Old 08-21-2006, 02:46 AM   #16
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If you really want to know which one you should use you really need to try out at least a few for yourself since everyone's opinion will differ from the next joe. Differant linux distros will have differant pros and cons.
Old 08-21-2006, 05:33 AM   #17
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my opinion the best distro for newbie is -
1. Best hardware support -> suse (I like 10, 10.1 quite slow)
2. or you can go Best document support -> ubuntu

both of the system above have very strong commercial background (Fedora Core and mandrake too).
Old 08-21-2006, 06:12 AM   #18
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Start with Mandriva, it has all the programs you need to start with. Open Office, Gaim, Kaffeine, Amarok plus many more. It can read and write to Fat32 and can read NTFS (not sure about writing yet though). Plus it is simple, has far better Hardware detection than any Windows version I have ever seen and has a huge support base if you have trouble. Besides, I started with Mandriva (Mandrake 10.0 to be exact).

Old 08-21-2006, 10:10 AM   #19
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I'd second mandriva, but also the fact that a few spare partitions
to try other distro is good (main one for newbee Mandy, Suse, Kubuntu,
PClinuxOS, Fedora core 5 ...

I have a big collection of Excel/.xlm files
Posting about that really.
OOo Openoffice great.
If you found really that for some reason something odd cannot
be read by OOo look into wine (google winehq + linux)
If really desperate you can use xls with linux
Old 08-21-2006, 08:38 PM   #20
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Id stick my hand up and say Mandriva also.
I have it running on a triple-boot system with Fedora core 5(another fave) and Windows XP (just for those tricky programs that I havent found a replacement on Linux for) (Took me a while to do this, but I got it!).
In fact, I am actually thinking of scrappping my FC5 (doesnt support wireless) and installing SUSE 10 or above, just for sh*ts and giggles, really......


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