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Old 03-24-2002, 07:12 PM   #1
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Lightbulb which version is for me?

I am new to linux and I want to know which versions of linux are recomended by you
Old 03-24-2002, 08:05 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums!

Which distribution is right for you depends a lot on what you're looking to do with LINUX and your level of experience with *X type systems.

From what I've read here and elsewhere, the more user-friendly distributions are Mandrake and Red Hat. I believe those are the more popular with the majority of folks new to LINUX.

I just finished an install of Slackware which many consider less user-friendly as far as install goes. I found it to be fairly painless. Some of the "prep work" I did can be found in this thread:

My main suggestion is to read through the different posts here and check the sites for the various distributions and make a decision based on that.

Old 03-24-2002, 08:33 PM   #3
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Welcome to linux!

I am a newbie also but have used mandrake, red hat and turbo linux. If you have no experience with linux at all i would suggest getting Mandrake 8.2. Its very user friendly and is a smooth transition from M$ windows if thats what you have used previously. Its very graphical and has a few wizards to help out in gettin things to work for a newbie. Hope this helps as far as making a choice.

Good Luck

Old 03-27-2002, 07:04 PM   #4
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Welcome to Linux!

As the two other posts tell you, I would recommend you Mandrake I've done it myself with 8.0 and 8.1 on a Compaq presario and it worked fine, except for my ISDN card which was detected but not working for a mather of chip, but that's another story... Otherwise, the transition is easy, and one advise, already if you get Mandrake, always double check your CD's, it's amazing wath you can find on them!


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