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Old 07-27-2007, 03:05 AM   #1
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Which Is Better?

I'm the new guy here, and I just wanted to know which is the better distro to start with: Ubuntu or Mandriva?

Thanks in advance for your help...
Old 07-27-2007, 03:14 AM   #2
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Search for threads talking about flame wars. That's the worst question you could ask here. Answer: TRY IT OUT YOURSELF AND SEE.

Nobody can tell it to you, but everybody will try. Believe who you want, but there's a 50% chance s/he is wrong.

Trying out a live-cd is the easiest method. Ubuntu Desktop cd/dvd is a combined live+install disc. Not sure about Mandriva, but I hope it has live-disc edition as well, so people can try it without installing. Mandriva is an rpm based distribution, like Fedora, Ubuntu is a deb based distribution, like Debian. They're both good, easy, nice, beautiful, powerful, newbie-friendly, server-capable and everything you want. It's just that their configuration ways differ a bit (different kinds of filenames and upgrade tools and such), but essentially there is no big difference. You get the same desktops, wallpapers, themes, programs and everything for both of them.

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Old 07-27-2007, 04:04 AM   #3
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Neither. You should start with Slackware

Seriously, though: Distros are free. Take b0uncer's advice and download both of them. And any others that pique your interest, too.
Old 07-27-2007, 04:30 AM   #4
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um.. what do you want to do with linux? using it just for windows replacement, or do you want to modify it the way you like? or you want to make new distro?

If you want use linux only to replace ms windows, i suggest mandriva or pc linux os
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