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Old 09-09-2001, 03:55 PM   #1
Joe Molotov
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Question "What distribution is right for me?" and other confused newbie questions.

I'm getting a new PC some time this week, and I've decided I want to take the plunge. The only OS's I've ever used in the past were the ones Bill Gates told me to use, but now I've made up my mind that it's time to try out Linux.

First of all, I'm not really sure what distrubtion I should use. Since I'm a total newbie, I'm not really clear on the pros and cons of each one. I want one that's relatively easy to set up and plays games well without hogging up all my system resources. That's really all I want right off the bat.

Second, I can't bring myself to completely give up on Windows yet, so I want to set up my system to dual-boot with Linux and Windows 98 SE (I don't even want to talk about ME, and XP scares me). What are some basic things I should know about that?

Third, what are some good websites and/or printed books that I could check out to learn more about Linux?
Old 09-09-2001, 04:34 PM   #2
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THE newbie distro HAS to be Mandrake 8.0 at the mo. SO SO SO user friendly. Next after that would be redhat.

With regards to dual booting, there's plenty of info on here about that recently. There's not a huge amount you need to know really.

All you might need to do is to a) defrag windows b) use a program caled 'fips' to resize your partition and c) install linux.

9/10 time that's all you need to do.
Old 09-10-2001, 12:07 AM   #3
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Originally posted by acid_kewpie

With regards to dual booting, there's plenty of info on here about that recently. There's not a huge amount you need to know really. kidding. the last couple of times i've seen a dual-boot question, i've just let someone else come along later and handle it. anyway, back on topic... win 98 is probably still the best to dual boot from - i definitely wouldn't recommend upgrading to ME... i've heard horror stories about that edition... stick with 98.

i haven't heard anything about dual-boots with xp yet... but i've actually gotten a chance to play around with it lately (it was a pirated copy ) on my friend's laptop. as far as stability and user-friendlyness goes... i think microsoft finally got one right here. i couldn't manage to crash it. and i hate admitting that.
however... as far as choice and configurability go... it left a LOT to be desired... we had to uninstall it for lack of drivers available on-line... and only the ms programs would work. as far as the ms vs. linux wars go... i still think ms is digging their own grave.
Old 09-10-2001, 01:23 PM   #4
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Mandrake 8.0 has always been my favourite, maybe you should wait for 8.1 to be released (Beta version available, but wouldn't recommend it yet).

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