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Old 08-18-2004, 02:45 AM   #1
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Exclamation what is the best linux operating system?

hi evrybdy , i m really new with linux so i was wondering if someone can suggest the best operating system to install on my pc, but i want one where i learn doing things not where evrything is ready to use like windows ,i love to challenge myself and i would really appreciate any suggestion , thanks alot

ps: i m using an amd 2200 xp processor wich gives me 1.8 ghz(as i m sure you all know this) and i have 512 MB of ram 64 MB video card and 30 GB hard disk.
Old 08-18-2004, 04:30 AM   #2
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this has been asked a million time already. and for future reference, its called a linux distro. linux IS the operating system.

if yo uwant a hard one, get gentoo. it dont get no harder dan dat. if you want an average-hard distro, try debian or slackware.
Old 08-18-2004, 05:38 AM   #3
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No single distro is perfect for everyone, nor is every distro perfect for everyone. Sometimes it takes a bit of trial-and-error, but there are some distrobutions that excel in areas others may not. It's all a matter of personal preference and what you find most comfortable.

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Old 08-18-2004, 08:11 AM   #4
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ditto.. but if you like knoppix, try debian. not at all easy to insall, but easyer than some. If you do go for Debian, I recomend he testing distro as opposed to stable. It s fairy stable in itself, but has updated drivr support and a much more ntuative installer. Plus once up and running the apt system is a boon.
Old 08-18-2004, 09:56 AM   #5
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If you like challenge and want to learn, pick up a live CD with a compiler/linker, and build your own LFS distro. I think it's the way you'll learn the more

Old 08-18-2004, 11:44 AM   #6
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Gentoo ( is the best distro.
But for a Newbie, Fedora ( or Mandrake ( do the job.
Old 08-18-2004, 12:14 PM   #7
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personaly i prefer slackware, if you are wanting to learn gentoo might work, it will definatly require you to learn how to use the command line. from what i've seen there really is no one best 'distro', it all depends on what you want to do with your box. usualy think thats it) or will have some genral info on what a distro is for and such, just try different ones and see what you like the best, thats how i found slackware.
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hi there
for you as a newbie a good distro is to
choose among the distros for which u can also get some person having the know how in your area,city etc etc

believe me it helps,apart from help at LQ it will also be handy

once u r comfortable with a distro then u can try different distros

look out for Linux User Groups(LUGs) in your area

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sorry guys - but we already have a -what, 100?-
of these going ... no need for yet another one.
Do a search and contribute to an existing one.

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