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eklipsep 05-15-2005 05:32 PM

To convert.
I am going to convert to Linux, but I can not decide which version I should use. Can anyone tell me which version would be right for me?
Heres a list of What I do on my computer.
-Word Processing
-Web Browsing
Thanks for your response!
(I know I am new, so please don't torment me for asking this)

Booster 05-15-2005 05:36 PM

As far as I'm concerned - it really doesn't matter which distribution you use - you can run *any* linux application on *any* distribution. I'd just recommend sticking with one of the "big name" distros.

You're bound to hear a bunch of things like "Mandrake sucks because of this", or "Gentoo blows because of that" - it's a matter of personal preference. It seems as though Mandrake is one of the easiest for a new guy to get started with - so it may be the best choice.

My personal preference is Gentoo - the install isn't the easiest (by a long shot), but if you did decide to go that way, you'll learn quite a bit about Linux during the install process.

Cheers, and have fun. :)

eklipsep 05-15-2005 05:48 PM

Thanks, but I have a few Questions: Does linux run flash files? Can I install Firefox on Linux?
Thanks from a soon-to-be Linux User. :D

tuxrules 05-15-2005 05:53 PM

Yes, Linux can run firefox. For flash, check this

eklipsep 05-15-2005 06:55 PM

I want one that I can install over Windows, that supports these (bad) specs
Celeron 900mhz
128 MB Ram
20 GB (built in) HD, added on 120 GB
DVD+R/RW Drie (Added on)
USB, D-Link network.

detpenguin 05-15-2005 07:16 PM

suse, mandrake, fedora core...are all easy to begin with, they're very user friendly...but as Booster pointed out, it's really gonna be a matter of preference for you. try a few live cd's at first is always a good way to get started...knoppix and slax are some good ones, although there are others.

JoeUser11 05-15-2005 07:58 PM

it's good to note though, that most games don't work under linux, so don't really count on that. I suggest you dual boot and install windows on your machine as well, that way when you want to play games you can just boot up windows.

eklipsep 05-15-2005 08:48 PM

Yes, I would do that, but there is a small problem...
I don't have a windows CD, and I screwed up my Hard Drie when I was setting it up for a dual boot. I was planning on installing a Windows Emulator.

mjjzf 05-16-2005 05:33 AM

As for your specs: I am currently runninng MiniSlack on my 600 MHz, 160 MB RAM laptop. It works very well. You may want to look at a distro test.

eklipsep 05-16-2005 02:54 PM

Do I have to specify anything for it to auto-start (EDIT: before initiating Windows) when I want to install it? It is possible I will install windows and then Dual-boot with Linux, If I can get a CD of course. I want to Install Linux as a main at first.

I took the Dist Test. Apparently, Fedora is a "Perfect Match"

EDIT: I have a pre-existing network, will I have to reinstall it?

Will I have to reinstall my upgrades?

jared78 05-16-2005 03:27 PM

On dual boot,plz make sure u install windows first..
u can use grub/lilo to select a default OS to boot


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