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Old 12-22-2008, 03:37 AM   #1
linuxlqnooby
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wich linux to use


hi... iv never used linux propperly before and i want to put it on a pc.
i got told of a friend that pclinuxos is good but i`v got no idea.

whats the best and easyest version of linux for a newby to start using to get used to things?
 
Old 12-22-2008, 03:49 AM   #2
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Welcome to linux world!

First of all, most of the distros are the same with some difference in default softwares and configurations and artwork.
My suggestion is Ubuntu, coz i believe its the most user-friendly distro out there, but you can try different distros and choose your favorite.
You can go to distrowatch.com and get more information about different distros.
 
Old 12-22-2008, 03:53 AM   #3
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You should be writing which and not witch. Both are significantly different.
If you have got no much idea about using linux then best way to start is to download a LiveCD and use it first before installing it to your computer. This will give you an idea how the flavor of linux is like and how much support for your hardware is. And then if you do not like the flavor you can just reboot your system adn get on with downloading other flavor.
You can find distrowatch.com useful. You can find the list of distributions and the rankings. You could chose and download that you like.
PCLinuxOS is a good distro to start with but I havent used it much. I use Ubuntu Hardy and it solves my purpose of desktop os. I do recommend it to first timers. KDE version is more closer to windows but I am happy with Gnome and have to intentions to switch to kde right now.
But if your system hardware is low or old you should also look at other desktop managers that would eat less of memory like XFCE, enlightment or IceWM.
 
Old 12-22-2008, 04:06 AM   #4
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What do you mean
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You should be writing which and not witch. Both are significantly different.
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Old 12-22-2008, 04:33 AM   #5
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What do you mean

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i thought the same......im a noob to this forum an i got bullied by and idiot that cant spell itself so i`l be leaving this site to go and find more respectable forum users.

Last edited by linuxlqnooby; 12-22-2008 at 04:35 AM. Reason: spelling
 
Old 12-22-2008, 04:36 AM   #6
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I would say opensuse net install, from here: http://mirrors.kernel.org/opensuse/d...SE-stable/iso/ .
 
Old 12-22-2008, 04:53 AM   #7
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What do you mean

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It should have been wich and not witch when I write.
The subject line.
 
Old 12-22-2008, 07:08 AM   #8
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i thought the same......im a noob to this forum an i got bullied by and idiot that cant spell itself so i`l be leaving this site to go and find more respectable forum users.
Chill dude, there's always one...

I have to recommend Ubuntu at the moment. I've seen some odd default behavior in Suse and some hardware detection anomalies that would throw a newbie. Admittedly these issues were on a laptop but still. Mandriva also seemed to do some odd things that I had to sort out before I could just use it.

Ubuntu 8.10 seems to be really sorted from the point of view of working smoothly from the point of install. My son just upgraded his laptop, with no help from me, and is as happy as a pig in poo.
 
Old 12-22-2008, 08:00 AM   #9
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Welcome to linux world!

First of all, most of the distros are the same with some difference in default softwares and configurations and artwork.
My suggestion is Ubuntu, coz i believe its the most user-friendly distro out there, but you can try different distros and choose your favorite.
You can go to distrowatch.com and get more information about different distros.
Not to flame, but Uh, no, most distros are not the same with differences in default software.

At the core of every distro, is the kernel, which *may* be described as similar no matter what distro. Beyond that though, some distros are Redhat based(Fedora, Centos,etc.), some are Debian based(*buntus, Mint, Xandros, etc.) some are source based. Some use Yum Package Manager(Redhat), some use Synaptic Package Manager(Debian), some use Portage(Gentoo), and some distros don't have a package manager (maybe Slack still doesn't, I don't know.)

If all the distros were the same, we wouldn't constantly see these "which distro threads".

As for the OP... I don't know if you're still looking, but just download the ISO's for a couple of popular "newb" friendly distros on distrowatch. Any of the *buntus, Mint, PCLinuxOS, or Opensuse would be my suggestions. Try them from the CD, see what works, what doesn't work. Look for solutions to what doesn't work, then make a decision on which one you want to use.
 
Old 12-22-2008, 10:16 AM   #10
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Hi linuxlqnooby! I recommend Ubuntu.. I never used it but I read & heard excellent reviews about it. My first Linux Distro was (and still is) OpenSuse. what distro you decide to use it is up to you.
Don't mind the bully from India who made a comment about wich or witch or wicth who cares? we understood your question perfectly. This is actually the first time I saw someone making fun of a misspelled word.
Good Luck and have fun!
 
Old 12-22-2008, 10:24 AM   #11
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If you would like easy to use right out of the box I would go with Ubuntu or Opensuse. But if you would like to actually learn Linux your best bet would be to build a Gentoo system. You will need to do a lot of reading but it's wort it in the end. I used Ubuntu as my first distro for a month and then tried Gentoo, after a few weeks I had a configured system that worked great. Unfortunately I no longer use Gentoo as I need my computers for come college classes, and quite frankly I don't have the time to watch Gentoo compile from source, or break the install when performing world update.
 
Old 12-22-2008, 12:20 PM   #12
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As a 3 month user I would recommend Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron as opposed to 8.10 Intrepid Ibex. Why? It is proven stable and people have most problems solved so it is easy for the Hardy user to find help.

Have fun.

I have a large HDD and I dual boot Hardy with Hardy. Sound silly? It may be but you can try things out on one install while leaving the one you use alone until you are sure that you have it right. It makes you feel more secure than messing up your only OS.
 
Old 12-22-2008, 04:20 PM   #13
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Edit - wrong thread.
 
Old 12-22-2008, 04:56 PM   #14
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I recommend *buntu for people new to PCs, Slackware (or Slamd64) for those who want to learn Linux and Fedora for those who want the latest.
 
Old 12-22-2008, 05:52 PM   #15
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Don't mind the bully from India who made a comment about wich or witch or wicth who cares? we understood your question perfectly.
The answer to the question is easily Googled; the question itself should have been treated like homework.
 
  


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