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Old 04-21-2004, 06:02 PM   #1
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total newb needs advice


i've just recently taken interest in linux and decided to install it on my computer. i've been working with windows since v3.1 and am very knowledgable when it comes to windows OS's, so i'm not a total dolt, but i would like some help getting started with linux. i've installed a few versions (mandrake 10.0 community, debian 3.0 r2, red hat 9, lycoris) on virtual PC to try them out. i'd like some advice as to which distro would be a good start before i put it on my machine for real. from what i've heard it seems that red hat and mandrake are the most popular, debian is the most extensive, and slackware seemed to get the better reviews on this site. i'd prefer something that starts up a gui so i don't have to mess around with command lines right away, and that is compatable with nvidia cards (red hat gave me this problem) and windows type applications. thanx
Old 04-21-2004, 06:12 PM   #2
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You should decide from your experience... You'll find fans of all the distros you mentioned here and they'll tell you that the one they prefer is the best choice. All distros you mentioned can start in GUI mode, nvidia drivers can be installed in all, applications are also the same (distros differ in configuration programs).
Old 04-21-2004, 06:21 PM   #3
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keep in mind while choosing, some distrobutions have different things in mind. red hat and mandrake for instance have the everyday desktop computer in mind. others are more directed to programing and while some are outstanding servers they do not make the most enjoyable everyday desktop. linux and unix a like.
Old 04-21-2004, 06:56 PM   #4
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i dont think you can find an unbiased review of distros. oyu just use a little trial and error (if thats what you call it), and find one YOU like. nobody can tell you the best distro for you except you.
as an example: phlax and knoppix-std are live-cd security tools distros. one person might love them, and dislike, say debian. while another guy here like sue and debian, but can't stand live-cds. it just depends on you.

edit: this seems more appropriate in the "distros" section, maybe?
Old 04-21-2004, 07:34 PM   #5
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For someone new to linux I suggest you install Mandrake or Red Hat. As they both install and run GUI straight away. I also suggest that you do a dual boot system, as sadly your windows games wont work unless you install wine and its not easy for someone new to Linux to use. But if your tired of windows crashing all the time then I suggest you just take the plunge.


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