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Old 08-23-2003, 07:39 PM   #1
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What's best for newbies?

Curious to know what everyone recommends for newbies as the best/easiest Linux flavor is to install. Or perhaps, if someone was looking to enter the world of Linux, where would he/she start?

Old 08-23-2003, 07:54 PM   #2
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I personaly like Mandrake, it's a gread beginer and advanced user distro. It installes easier than Windoze, handles partiioning and every thing. go to and go to download, you can download the ISO images, 3 of them, for free.

Also check out they will give you a list of distro's and compair them.

also check out this thread it has many good links on it.
Old 08-23-2003, 07:58 PM   #3
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Mandrake 9.1 or Red Hat 9 are good choices for the new Linux user - easy to install, easy to use, lots of software and solid enough to stay and learn with.
Old 08-23-2003, 08:24 PM   #4
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Do a search on this forum and you will get many answers. If you have dsl or cable, download a distro and try it out.
The choice is yours.
Old 08-23-2003, 08:52 PM   #5
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Perhaps try the Knoppix Linux run from CD to get a better idea what you are in for.
Old 08-23-2003, 08:57 PM   #6
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If you have bandwidth, a burner, plenty of RAM (512mb or more), but don't have a spare HD I would give knoppix a try ( and mirrors). It doesn't touch your HD, but gives you the full linux experience (KDE, OpenOffice, Konqueror, Mozilla, KOffice, Gimp etc) running off compressed CD files and ramdisk.

When you switch off you lose any configuration, but there are also tricks for saving config between boots.
Old 08-23-2003, 09:29 PM   #7
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try jamd linux. based on RedHat 9 so you can use redhat rpm's, compiled for i686, it's on 1 CD and installs in under 15 minutes usually.



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