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Old 05-15-2005, 05:32 PM   #1
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Question 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)

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Old 05-15-2005, 05:36 PM   #2
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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.
Old 05-15-2005, 05:48 PM   #3
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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.
Old 05-15-2005, 05:53 PM   #4
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Yes, Linux can run firefox. For flash, check this
Old 05-15-2005, 06:55 PM   #5
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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.
Old 05-15-2005, 07:16 PM   #6
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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.
Old 05-15-2005, 07:58 PM   #7
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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.
Old 05-15-2005, 08:48 PM   #8
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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.
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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.
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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?

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Old 05-16-2005, 03:27 PM   #11
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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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