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Old 06-14-2005, 11:10 PM   #1
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Which distro is best for newbie

Been having some problems with this Fedora Core. Probably I just don't know enough, but I was just wondering which distro would likely be most friendly to a new user? Slackware says it is simple. Fedora looks like a nice package. Just asking.
Old 06-14-2005, 11:14 PM   #2
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I think Mandrake linux is the best user friendly linux distribution for a newbie user, and Knoppix is also a very good option.
Old 06-14-2005, 11:34 PM   #3
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You can't go wrong with the debian offsprings like Mepis, Kanotix, Knoppix, Ubuntu, etc. Mepis is the easiest to install. Great package management in these.

I've just installed the new Pclinuxos. It was very easy too and has some nice features. This is the first distro I've installed where my mouse works as it should. It is a Mandriva(Mandrake) offspring. I'm not a Mandrake fan but I do like this little distro.

All the ones I've mentioned can be tried out with the live cd and installed via the live cd.
Old 06-15-2005, 12:57 AM   #4
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Is the new PCLinuxOS cool? I run Debian but I keep new copies of a few other distros including Knoppix,Kanotix, Slax, Puppy and PCLinuxOS just for the heck of it. I haven't had a chance to burn a copy yet.

The newbie distro has been covered a zillions times.
"Is Linux for you? It is not as difficult as you may have heard."

"MEPIS and Xandros are considered the best for new Linux users who want to get productive in Linux as soon as possible without having to master all its complexities. On the other end of the spectrum, Gentoo, Debian, Slackware and FreeBSD are more advanced distributions that require plenty of learning before they can be used effectively. Mandriva, Red Hat, Ubuntu and SUSE can be classified as good "middle-road" distributions. Knoppix is a so-called live CD - it is great for trying out Linux without getting your hands dirty as it runs directly from a CD, no installation required. "
Old 06-15-2005, 02:41 AM   #5
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If you are using fedora already, I'd give mandriva or ubuntu a shot. I really like debian based systems, so I'd try ubuntu. I think its a bit overhyped at the moment , but its a pretty good distro to get introduced to linux. Once you go apt, you never go back ...that didn't quite rhyme
Old 06-15-2005, 02:47 AM   #6
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I would say Ubuntu, you wont have millions of little problems with it. just chuck the cd in install and off ya go :P


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