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Old 12-19-2005, 09:33 AM   #1
Nit911
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Which Linux Distribution I should Use?


Greetings,
First of all i would like to congratulate you all for the excellent support you have given.
I have never used linux and i want to start using it now,since i'm a newbie can u recommend any distro to download?I'm from a developing country and have limited bandwidth.Many have recommended either fedora 4 or open suse 10.Is there any other distro i could use?Because of limited bandwidth i can download only one distro.So Please Help Me.
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Old 12-19-2005, 09:40 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome.

I would say SuSe 10 eval, don't pick SuSe open. Dont let it bother you that it say 'eval'. There is no timelimit or anything crippeled about it, just some software titles left out. I never found out which ones because I never missed them.

Second choice would be Mandriva 2006. It's also good for starters and like SuSe 10 it supports alot of hardware.

Third choice would be Debian Sarge as Netinstall. The download is not very huge, and the following install using net will only install the software needed or picked by yourself.

Good luck picking the one thats right for you, and have fun

Last edited by anti.corp; 12-19-2005 at 09:42 AM.
 
Old 12-19-2005, 09:54 AM   #3
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I tried Debian and it is great but is a cruel way to start a newbi. I tried running it on an old apple laptop and it ran but I had nothing but problems. Bascially you had to manually config alot which is not a problem unless you don't know what you are doing.

I suggest taking a look at ubuntu. Is a full package. It runs a debian type kernel with either Xorg or Xfree86 then pops the Gnome desktop on the top including all the desktop goodies like openoffice.

The bottom line is the ubuntu just works and is easy for a newbi to figure out to install. If I can do it anyone can. Bonus it is a big download so instead have them send you a CD. It is free or just a couple of bucks to handle the disk and shipping. Boot from the CD and it does all the work for you. Once it is done you find yourself in Gnome instead of a command line which can give a linux newbi the sweats.
 
Old 12-19-2005, 09:57 AM   #4
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Go Fedora!, trust me, you shall not regret it.
 
Old 12-19-2005, 12:30 PM   #5
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Thanks a lot.But I'm still stuck b/w fedora core and suse.I guess i'll order the ubuntu linux.so which do i choose?I actually got fedora 4 from my friend,but it did not recognise my mouse anyhow the disc was damaged.So i'm still stuck.Anyways how is mandriva?I more question is there anyway of ordering the distos you know,just for the cds?
Regards
 
Old 12-19-2005, 12:41 PM   #6
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Haha distro recommendations

Id suggest vectorlinux(.com) ... small-really fast & stable - based on Slack .

Disadvantages : U wont want to go back to any of the other distro's cause they are slooooow in comparision .. okay xept maybe Gentoo & DSL & such are similiar ... worth a try
 
Old 12-19-2005, 01:20 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nit911
Thanks a lot.But I'm still stuck b/w fedora core and suse.I guess i'll order the ubuntu linux.so which do i choose?I actually got fedora 4 from my friend,but it did not recognise my mouse anyhow the disc was damaged.So i'm still stuck.Anyways how is mandriva?I more question is there anyway of ordering the distos you know,just for the cds?
Regards
Well you might want to check out this site:

http://distrowatch.com/

From the different sites you will also be able to order CD's only paying for shipping & taxes.
 
Old 12-19-2005, 07:05 PM   #8
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newbie friendly linux

When I started with linux I used mandriva then mepis,kanotix,fedora,debian sarge,xandros and slackware. Mepis,kanotix,xandros are available on 1 cd are are easily installed. Ubuntu/kubuntu,debian sarge or etch,and slackware require more hands-on but not very difficult installs. Most dists. have helpful forum guides. Have fun.
 
Old 12-19-2005, 08:00 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nit911
Thanks a lot.But I'm still stuck b/w fedora core and suse.I guess i'll order the ubuntu linux.so which do i choose?I actually got fedora 4 from my friend,but it did not recognise my mouse anyhow the disc was damaged.So i'm still stuck.Anyways how is mandriva?I more question is there anyway of ordering the distos you know,just for the cds?
Regards
You're stuck between Fedora and Suse, so you're going to order Ubuntu?????

You are stressing a bit too much on this. Pick one of the free distros at random and jump in. No matter what you pick first, I'm betting you will try 1-2 more.
 
Old 12-19-2005, 09:07 PM   #10
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If your bandwidth is really limited, you could order CD's or DVD's from Linuxcentral. Google them. They really helped me out before I got broadband. And no, I don't have any affiliation with them, I just like getting CD's cheap!

Hope this helps!
 
Old 12-20-2005, 12:06 PM   #11
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Hi there

With limited bandwidth, download a single CD distribution and add specific software that you need. PClinuxOS and Kanotix are live CDs that can be installed on a hard drive and upgraded.

If you want go with a larger distribution, order CDs/DVDs. Take a look at Budget Linux CDs. They have update discs and PLF discs also.

Have fun!
 
Old 12-20-2005, 12:44 PM   #12
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Thanks a lot guys! You all have been helpful
 
Old 12-20-2005, 02:02 PM   #13
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Actually although I suggested Vector (which is IMO the best distro out there) ... go to the Ubuntu site & U can order a free Ubuntu CD - costs absolute NOTHING ..right to ur door-step 4 free.. might suppossedly takes a week or two to arrive .
 
Old 12-20-2005, 03:22 PM   #14
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I noticed you mentioned you are in a developing country. I think that in this case, Ubuntu may be the best way to go. A big emphasis for this distro is expansive locale support. Assuming your native language is not english, it should be very easy for you to get and install your country's locale pack.

Beyond that, I have found Ubuntu to be an excellent distro for the newbie. It is easy to install (if you can get past any reservations about it's non-graphical installer). Actually, I've found Ubuntu to be a great distro all-around. I started out loving Slackware, but I have since moved on to Ubuntu as my primary desktop OS.

Whatever you choose, good luck with your endeavors into Linux-- let us know how it goes for you!
 
  


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