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Old 11-29-2003, 02:59 PM   #1
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Smile What is best to learn on?

Hi All,
If I could get some input on which is the best distro to get to learn Linux, Thanks again , I hope I can someday get in the Linux World I have two other computers, with all the components I would need.
Old 11-29-2003, 03:19 PM   #2
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The hardcore answer is of course Linux from scratch

But I don't expect anyone to start a Linux voyage there. Install one of the major distributions, like RedHat, Mandrake or (your own) SuSE.

It's easiest to have a separate computer to install on if you don't know much about partitioning. That way, you will not break any other operating system (read, Windows) on the machine.

Old 11-29-2003, 03:25 PM   #3
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What is best to learn on? Distribution: none yet, I am really trying to learn, but I do have SuSe 9.0
What are you wanting to learn? If you mean learn to use Linux in general, Suse is good. If you have not used a *nix system before, Suse has enough GUI tools to get you started. You can learn some CLI as you wish.
Good Luck
Old 11-29-2003, 03:32 PM   #4
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If you haven't tried it yet, you might want to start with Knoppix. It's a good test distribution to determine how compatible your system is with Linux, and since you can boot it from CD without scraping your previous OS, it will allow you to gain some familiarity without all the commitment. Beyond that, Mandrake 9.2 is being touted as the latest, greatest, newbie system, and the ISO's are available for public download here. After playing with those for awhile, you might feel more comfortable using the more "complicated" distributions. SuSE is really good, too, though, and since you have it on hand it's probably the best for your purposes. RH should probably come later, though; I've never met a newbie who didn't have some serious problems with it.


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Old 11-29-2003, 03:46 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the great replies and the useful info, I have tried downloading and burning the iso images and I cant seem to get them to burn and maybe I dont know what I'm doing...(I'll bet that's it..heehee) I do have good downloading capabilities but I have Windows already on so I'm not sure how to switch them by downloading. I am going to keep my eyes open here and keep learning, and one day I will be able to be part of the Linux World Thanks
Old 11-29-2003, 04:05 PM   #6
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Here's a good tutorial on burning ISO images onto a bootable CD.

Good luck!

Old 11-29-2003, 05:45 PM   #7
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What is best to learn on?

I would say SuSE is one of the best and most user friendly of the distros (comparing Redhat, SuSE, and Mandrake anyway). The only problem is, you cannot download the SuSE ISO's so it makes it a little more complicated to install from FTP.

Therefore, I would recommend Mandrake. You can easily download the three ISO's and burn them to CD's. I would recommend buring them with either Roxio or Nero.

Make sure your CD burner supports booting (most newer ones do), and your BIOS is set to boot from the CD.

Hope this helps.

Old 11-29-2003, 06:53 PM   #8
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Any major distro will do. Red Hat, Mandrake, SuSE, Slackware, Debian, and several others. I say major because they give you the majority of the programs you'll need during installation. Go for the ones with the three cd sets.

The thing to remember is to learn all you can through using the command line. Then use the gui tools. Distros have a big difference in their gui tools. Command line tools are fairly standard.

my 2 cents
Old 11-29-2003, 11:06 PM   #9
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I'm just starting out, and i use SuSE 8.2 and also Knoppix...both have great gui's and they're pretty simple to work with.
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Another vote for Knoppix.
There's a steep learning curve involved in changing over, and if it all gets discouraging, all you need to do is remove the cd and reboot to have your old, familiar machine back.


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