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Old 10-12-2008, 06:00 PM   #1
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What distro to focus on?

Hello all.

Stupid newbie question....
With so many different versions of Linux out there, what is a "good" distro to start out with, if you are new to Linux?

I've installed Suse, but my understanding is what works on Suse will not work on others.. let's say Redhat, for example. So how do you learn when there are so many different variations?
Old 10-12-2008, 06:40 PM   #2
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My transition from windoze was extremely difficult, I tried several distros only to give up quickly.

PCLinuxOS was the one that kept me firmly in Linux because of it's central controls and easy install, plus it's very stable and functional. After a couple of years I moved on to Debian and now use Linux From Scratch as my main distro.

From my experience I would recommend PCLinuxOS.
And if you have disk space keep a partition set aside for trying any distro that catches your eye.
Old 10-12-2008, 06:52 PM   #3
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Debian has a nice long list of packages to choose from.
Mandriva is the distro that reminds me of Windows - the good and the bad.
And there is Knoppix.


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Old 10-12-2008, 06:58 PM   #4
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I've installed Suse, but my understanding is what works on Suse will not work on others.. let's say Redhat, for example. So how do you learn when there are so many different variations?
That is all relative. All distros run a Linux kernel and a set of applications that will work on any distro. The only difference is in how you install and maintain them; also, some distros will ship newer versions of the kernel/software but it is still essentially the same thing. And, by the way, of all distros Suse (along with Mandriva) may be the one that resembles Redhat the most.
Old 10-12-2008, 07:10 PM   #5
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Every distribution has some kind of a helper program to make maintenance easier. Why not? I want all the help I can get. You can always learn how it works if something breaks down.
So how do you learn when there are so many different variations?
It's all pretty much the same thing. The differences are just superficial. Every now and then your favorite distribution will make a radical choice that annoys the crap out of you, you switch to whatever looks neat, and you'll find yourself at home in no time. Once you know one the transition is much easier. That's why I completely disagree with people who say "If you learn Suse, you learn Suse, if you learn Slackware you learn Linux."

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Old 10-12-2008, 07:39 PM   #6
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essentailly (nearly) all distros use the same configaration files,
then they all build a differnt graphical config settings manager on top of thease
(ok there are 2 major pakage management sysetms out there (rpm and deb) but again every disto impliments thease with adiffernt graphical tool)

suse, ubuntu are great starting points.... then fedora and debian are slightly harder to administrate but you will learn more

after that there is slackware (they say if you know salckware you know linux)
but i would not recomend this for a newvie to linux..

get to know you way round in a more newbie freindly distro first then advance as you learn


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