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Denton 04-29-2002 06:37 AM

which linux is for me?
 
Im sure this question is asked a huindred times a day on here..but which is for me. ive read the distribution section and all my choices, and i have no clue. Im just starting linux, dunno even wwhy..but im looking for something to mess around with...make a dual boot with my xp (am i allowed to say that?) so any suggestions. and maybe reasons why, and there links to there info or something would be great

acid_kewpie 04-29-2002 08:07 AM

personally, i'd say that anyone who is at the stage of asking this question basically wants mandrake. i'd say it's the easiest REAL linux distro to install and use. there's lycoris and similar, but they are just plain insulting and pretend they're not linux and don't give you the feel of a proper linux distro. go mandrake.

Neur0tek 04-29-2002 09:25 AM

I just bought SuSE 8.0 and it was an excellent distribution for me.

abrakadabra 04-29-2002 09:45 AM

Hi,
At your level I would not worry about which distro is better. I'd just pick one you want to start with and go from there. Once you get a feel for Linux, then you can narrow it down to a more specific version of your flavor.

:study:

Joules 04-29-2002 09:52 AM

It took me less than an hour to get mandrake running. Its very easy to install and if you want to be able to use windows on the same machine, its easy to set up a dual boot system using LILO so you can choose if you want to load windows or linux each time you boot. If you plan to run both operating systems, I would recommend installing it on a second hard drive.

acid_kewpie 04-29-2002 09:55 AM

good, well mr abradakasdfwefasd has it down to a tee.... pick a popular one, and be picky when you know what to be picky about.

case closed!

i would recommend against joules's suggestion of using the second hard drive, and instead put windows on the second one... a touch more complicated, but safer in the long run.

Denton 04-29-2002 03:49 PM

hmm..sounds good but see here is i know absolutly nothing about linux...zero, so when you say pick a popular one..i have no idea, i mean ive been reading a heck of a lot in the past week about linux and mandrake does seem good..does anyone have a link for me to use? also i plan on putting XP on a 60gb hd and linux on a secondary 20gb Hd..for me now linux is just something to play around with....also if i download mandrake or any other type of linux..how do i install that file to a brand new hard drive?

acid_kewpie 04-29-2002 04:03 PM

1) get mandrake

2) don't cross bridges until you know that theres actaully something to cross. there's no point guessing at problems you might have.

rodda 04-29-2002 07:27 PM

"there's lycoris and similar"....
 
acid_kewpie...exactly what is the "feel of a proper Linux distro"? And about when did Mandrake start providing this "feel"? Did it feel like Linux with 5.0...or maybe 6.0...or 8.0, 8.1 or 8.2? I'm curious to know...How does one go about getting this "proper feel" eh? What elements within a specific distro provide for this? What is Lycoris missing that doesn't provide this? Does Red Hat? SuSE? How about these other distros...since your obviously the 'man in the know':


Sorcerer
Mandrake
Red Hat
Debian
SuSE
Lycoris
Gentoo
Lindows
Slackware
Beehive
Arch
CRUX
Linpus
ROOT
Caldera
Xandros
LinuxFromScratch
Libranet
Elx
Turbolinux
ASP
OEone
Peanut
Astaro
Thiz
Vine
Red Flag
Eridani
Blue
SmoothWall
Vector
Yellow Dog
Kondara
Conectiva
Icepack
ClarkConnect
LRs
WOW
ROCK
IPCop
BearOps
Murix
BYO
CLE
e-smith
SOT
Xteam
MSC.Linux
Cosix
KRUD
Madeinlinux
OpenNA
Gibraltar
JBLinux
Miracle
Openwall
Omoikane
Immunix
Definity
EnGarde
Holon
LASER5
Trustix
Hancom
Happy
PLD
MIZI
Plamo
Media Lab
Hispafuentes
Elysium
EvilEntity
Kaladix
Lunar
Neat
Probatus Spectra
Securepoint
SoL
Source Mage
UHU-Linux
Voodoo

You tell me which ones provide the proper feel of Linux and why...maybe then I'll stop posting replies to your trashing of other distros.

Denton 04-29-2002 08:05 PM

that is a hell of a lot of distros...but i think im going to go with mandrake 8.2 for now

Mithrilhall 04-29-2002 10:55 PM

Installation of Mandrake
 
First: To get Mandrake 8.2 on a new hard drive simple put in your new hard drive and through in the first Mandrake cd an boot up. Follow the installation directions on the screen (it's pretty straight forward).

Two: Go to the Mandrake website and find the link about mailing lists. I recommend joining this since it can be priceless when It comes to fixing any problems (that is if you come across any).

trickykid 04-29-2002 11:01 PM

I installed Mandrake for fun since I have not ever used it since the 7.0 days.. then it was easy to install, the 8.2 was even easier to install than Windows.. it detected everything and installed everything the first time around. I haven't seen Windows even do that.. usually after the 10th reboot I have everything working in Windows after loading driver after driver for my devices.. :D

But Mandrake is a good choice for newbies.. too bad mine has to go though for slack or freebsd.. :D

acid_kewpie 04-30-2002 03:31 AM

Re: "there's lycoris and similar"....
 
Quote:

Originally posted by rodda
acid_kewpie...exactly what is the "feel of a proper Linux distro"? And about when did Mandrake start providing this "feel"? Did it feel like Linux with 5.0...or maybe 6.0...or 8.0, 8.1 or 8.2? I'm curious to know...How does one go about getting this "proper feel" eh? What elements within a specific distro provide for this? What is Lycoris missing that doesn't provide this? Does Red Hat? SuSE? How about these other distros...since your obviously the 'man in the know':
no, i just mean things like lycroris permanently using root as the sole user that kind of stupid thing.

Denton 04-30-2002 06:46 AM

do i have to learn a lot of things..commands etc..to run even the simple tasks with linux? i have a friend with 8.1 and he said it was imposible..idiot or no? or will i be up in no time with a nice dual boot Xp/linux machine

acid_kewpie 04-30-2002 06:50 AM

normal use of linux using a fully featured desktop environment like gnome is VERY similar to windows realistically.

dual boot, you'll be fine, have some confidence and get on with i! :D

rodda 04-30-2002 09:41 AM

Re: Re: "there's lycoris and similar"....
 
Quote:

Originally posted by acid_kewpie
no, i just mean things like lycroris permanently using root as the sole user that kind of stupid thing.
Dude get your facts right. Have you even installed Lycoris? The user logon DOES NOT use root. The logon process is just like anyother distro. There is a root account and regular user accounts. It even notifies you not to login in as root.

acid_kewpie 04-30-2002 09:49 AM

Re: Re: Re: "there's lycoris and similar"....
 
Quote:

Originally posted by rodda


Dude get your facts right. Have you even installed Lycoris? The user logon DOES NOT use root. The logon process is just like anyother distro. There is a root account and regular user accounts. It even notifies you not to login in as root.

heh, sorry i meant lindows... easily confused i think.

trickykid 04-30-2002 10:10 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by Denton
do i have to learn a lot of things..commands etc..to run even the simple tasks with linux? i have a friend with 8.1 and he said it was imposible..idiot or no? or will i be up in no time with a nice dual boot Xp/linux machine
Hey Denton, while they're off playing with words..not even answering your questions in which you started, I'll try to answer your question.
Its not totally necessary to learn alot of commands but its going to help you out if you do familiarize yourself with the command line. But really, you could boot straight to X, do what you need to do and then logout.. never even touching a command line. :D

rodda 04-30-2002 10:43 AM

trickykid is right...sorry about that.

Denton, I have used Linux for about 1 year now, with a lot of previous Microsoft experience. I found Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake and now recently Lycoris to be very good for newbies. The latest versions from these companies provide more advanced features for desktop users, like yourself.

Mandrake 8.2, SuSE 8.0, and Red Hat 7.3 (soon to be released) are popular among the masses. However, I honestly think Lycoris is about the easiest to use for total newbies. Hey, you can try one and if it doesn't fit your needs...move on to something else.

I just don't appreciate acid_kewpie stating things that are not true concerning Lycoris. I'm not here to defend it's flaws...but check the forums at www.lycoris.org and the many good reviews at www.lycoris.com. It's a good distro to 'get your foot in the door'.

Denton 04-30-2002 03:58 PM

alright thanks..but see thing is i would try one..move on etc..except for the 56k problem i have...but ill check those out, i dont want to have to buy linux after linux to see which i like

Thymox 05-01-2002 10:47 AM

A good many computer magazines have complete distros on their cover mounted CD/DVDs. If you go for the Linux specific ones, they're likely to have Mandy 8.2 on there this month, seeing as it's a fairly new one.

Quite often they're in .ISO format, so you will need to burn them to CD (there is a method of installing from ISO, but it's different for each distro, and is not always particularly easy).

Alternatively, you could check out ebay, they normally have people selling the download (1/2/3 cds) editions of distros for only a few bucks.

You could go for a distro like Lycoris, but I would not advocate the idea. I have given my opinions on Lycoris in many other threads, and I'm not gonna repeat them here...you'll just have to search.

doomboy 05-01-2002 11:18 AM

which to pick !?!?!?
 
Oviously I havent actually installed linux yet or any other versions of UNIX.

My thoughs is actually trying 2-3 most popular types or just try the version a friend tried and liked it and ask help from him.

What are friends for ?

Anyhow

Though of the day



Mars :jawa:

:Pengy:

marlaina1 05-01-2002 08:53 PM

Red Hat has gotta be easy. I had never used windows or mac. First computer I got came with 6.2 and gnome. If I could figure out how to use it with NO computer experience, it's gotta be easy.

justiceisblind 05-01-2002 10:52 PM

After 8 years of Windows, Red Hat 7.2 is a welcome relief from M$. It's every bit as easy to use, and best of all it's half the price of a upgrade disk to go from win98 to WinXP. What a deal. I don't know how these Linux developers make much $$ but they sure do put out good products that are worth triple their retail value.


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