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Old 01-14-2005, 05:28 PM   #1
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What is the best Distro for a newbie


Hi, I'm a Linux newbie, and I was wondering what is the best distro. I want one with a good GUI, and I want it just for a personal desktop/workstation.
 
Old 01-14-2005, 05:42 PM   #2
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I'd say Mandrake or SuSE.
 
Old 01-14-2005, 06:03 PM   #3
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I'd make another vote for Suse. Just my opinion.
 
Old 01-14-2005, 06:08 PM   #4
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newbie distro

Just loaded fedora core 3 on a sony laptop, and everything was seen and works.

I perfer Slackware for it's crisp response, but to get started, fedora core 3 should be considered.
 
Old 01-14-2005, 08:38 PM   #5
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another vote

I found SuSE easier to install, but I recommend SuSE or Mandrake, as well.


-ghazz
 
Old 01-14-2005, 08:45 PM   #6
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Slackware ...but seriously, SuSE
 
Old 01-14-2005, 10:07 PM   #7
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He is kidding about slackware, very mean to newbies (I know). I'm in the same boat as you.

I've only gotten 1 distro to work, redhat9, and aside from the internet connection difficulty, it works great. Plus, it has the best screensavers you will ever find. Ever.
 
Old 01-14-2005, 10:14 PM   #8
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The first distro I ever used was Gentoo (stage 1 install). That was like being thrown straight into hell, though. I wouldn't recommend it for beginners.
 
Old 01-14-2005, 10:19 PM   #9
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I would go with SuSE also. However don't let these guys scare you Slackware is really a pretty easy system to get up and running.
 
Old 01-14-2005, 10:47 PM   #10
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I'd reccomend taking a look at ubuntu. You can download it or they'll send you a free cd. You can run the livecd distribution without disturbing anything and then install it if you like it. Check it out at http://www.ubuntulinux.org

It ran and set itself up quite nicely on my computer. The only problem I had was with my adsl connection but that was a nightmare on anything I tried.

I suggest you try it out just to see if you like it. It'll also give you a good feel for gnome (while most distros excluding redhat use kde). Hope that helps you some!

~Deki
 
Old 01-14-2005, 11:23 PM   #11
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I wan't trying to be mean, sorry if I came across as it. Slack is just notorious for being difficult to newbie. But I did start with Slack, and i think it make me learn, more, faster.
 
Old 01-15-2005, 12:49 AM   #12
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Mandrake is the best for newbies...then maybe you can shift to SuSE lateron
 
Old 01-15-2005, 02:25 AM   #13
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I Believe that FEDORA CORE 2 or CORE 3 is the most easiest on newbies!!!
 
Old 01-15-2005, 02:44 AM   #14
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Mandrake and redhat are easy, i never tried Suse my first distro was redhat 7.2 but the two distros that gave me the best learning experience were Slackware and Gentoo so if you want to learn i recommend these two if you want to use it like you used to do with M$ Windooowz try Mandrake
 
Old 01-15-2005, 04:09 AM   #15
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I recommend SuSE. It is easy to install and work with.
 
  


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