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Old 10-23-2008, 01:07 PM   #1
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Which Linux software to use for a real newbie.


MSI K9MM-V Mb, AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual CPU 3500+ 1.90 Ghz and 1Gb of Ram.

Which Linux would be the best to start off with. Do I need the i386 or i64?
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:34 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ!!

Anything in the top 10 on the "hit list" at Distrowatch will be fine. You can use either i386 or i64 versions---I recommend staying with the 32-bit versions (i386, i686, x86, etc.) unless you have an established need for 64-bits.
 
Old 10-23-2008, 02:09 PM   #3
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I'd recommend getting all of them... in Live CD form... and giving each of them a thorough test drive.

Also there are a few that I'd recommend that aren't in the top 10 on Distrowatch:

Xandros, Freespire, and LinuxXP are all intended to be for ease of migration from Windows to Linux.

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Old 10-23-2008, 03:51 PM   #4
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Hi,

You could use a LiveCD from 'The LiveCD List' to see what would fit you best.

The 'Slackware-Links' wiki has a lot of links that may help you now and in the future. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 10-23-2008, 04:18 PM   #5
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i agree with all of thease,

ubuntu, opensuse, mandriva, mint are but a few worth trying,

try a few as a live cd then stick with the one that you like best... if it dousent work out in the long term try another.
 
Old 10-23-2008, 04:46 PM   #6
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Aren't there enough "Which distro is best for" threads here already?

Welcome to LQ Bighemy

Enjoy your new linux adventure...

Last edited by dv502; 10-23-2008 at 04:53 PM.
 
Old 10-23-2008, 07:23 PM   #7
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Hi,

I can't agree more about the redundant thread/questions!

Most Newbies to LQ or Linux for that matter don't use good nettiquette. Therefore we must continually be exposed to this type of questioning.

Most new users just don't make the effort to search for a answer on LQ or Google. Most expect or feel they are due a answer and don't realize we are here at LQ volunteering to help. That's generally the mindset, most mods try to curb the problem but we as participants have a responsibility to assist in a manner that is not condescending nor overwhelming to that type of newbie.

My biggest complaint is spelling, grammar and that damn AOL speak. LQ has a good spell check but hardly anyone uses it. To construct a sentence for understanding is not that hard, just a little more effort.
 
Old 10-23-2008, 08:11 PM   #8
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...and 1Gb of Ram.

Which Linux would be the best to start off with. Do I need the i386 or i64?
Tks
There is a case for the 64 bit version, with over 4G of ram; you don't have that so you might as well save yourself some minor headaches with the 32 bit version (the headaches are getting less with time, and really only concern the few bits of proprietary software that you might use).

Really people can only say what suits them, or what they see suits a population of others; Ubuntu is popular with newbies, but something like Mint or Mepis are good alternatives. Whatever, you'll know better in six months what you want and don't want in a distro (and that's a better time, imho, to get serious about this question).
 
  


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