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Old 10-18-2004, 06:24 PM   #1
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Newbie looking to try other Distors


I am really new to Linux (about a month of use) and I currently run SUSE 9.1 Pro. However, I want to try some of the other Distros out there since choice is one of the great things about Linux. So, I'm looking for recommendations. I do have some requirements:

1. Needs to easily dual boot with Windows (SUSE has a native dual boot program)

2. Needs to be easy to install. I did an FTP install with SUSE and I would rather go that route, but I know its not always easy to do.

3. Needs to have latest version of KDE! This is really important to me because I am used to KDE from school computers. Also, I had some really annoying problems with 3.2 in SUSE.

4. You have to like it! Why? Because I don't want to try something and find out I can't get any help installing it!

Thats it. So, what do you think?
 
Old 10-18-2004, 06:46 PM   #2
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You could try Fedora, or Mandrake. They're both easy to install (Like SUSE) and geared towards being easy for beginners. Unfortunately I can't say I like either one of them. Especially Fedora.. it's very slow. Out of those three, I like SUSE the best. If you want to learn just a little bit more and are willing to try a slightly more difficult (but really not hard) installation, look into debian or a debian variant (Ubuntu is nice). That's what I'm using right now, and I think I've finally settled on it. After trying slack, suse, fedora, mandrake, ubuntu, libranet, and gentoo, it seems that debian has the best combination of user friendliness and speed/power for me. Id suggest it.

Edit: You might want to forget Ubuntu, they don't like KDE, they only package gnome.
 
Old 10-18-2004, 06:54 PM   #3
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I second drummervin
 
Old 10-18-2004, 06:58 PM   #4
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I am actually willing to try Gnome depending on how user friendly it is. Basically, KDE is all I know, so I'd like to stick with it. But I suppose I might as well try Gnome since I'm trying other version of Linux. A couple questions. How good is the partitioner with Ubuntu? I have 2 partitions I use in Windows as well as about 7 gigs I previously allotted to Linux (I was thinking ahead the second time I installed Windows). So, I don't want to mess with the Windows partitions and I want to install my next version of Linux into the 7 gig space. Can I do that relatively easily with Ubuntu?
 
Old 10-18-2004, 07:47 PM   #5
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If you load Ubuntu and do the online update during the install process you are looking at about 2GB worth of HDD space used. Ubuntu's installation is super easy (this is gonna sound crazy but it was a little TOO easy) and it has great hardware recognition. I really didn't enjoy Ubuntu but for a new user it wouldn't be all that bad. I do like it more than Mandrake, Fedora and SuSE though.

I can, however, recommend Yoper for you to try. I has up to date KDE installed by default, it is really easy to install and easy to update. I tried Yoper for a little while and really enjoyed their installer, hardware recognition and feel once on the desktop. To do updates you will want to check their website for a newer list of sites to access, as the ones that are listed on install are no longer in use.

I hope that helps and I hope you find a distro you really enjoy.
 
Old 10-18-2004, 11:34 PM   #6
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Gnome is really nice because some of the best apps are designed specifically for it:

GIMP
GAIM
etc...

But... from my experiences you will find KDEs configuration much easier. For example: I still cannot find a GUI program that will Disable "Show Window Contents while dragging" in Gnome (a big performance increase).. or other settings for that matter. Different themes can do that, but it's still very limited. Of course, you can modify some rediculous file to get the same results, but who really wants to spend all of their time doing that...

As far as Distro's... I agree with the comment about Fedora... it's been very slow in my experiences... Mandrake is really good and comes with nice configuration utilities.

Debian is awesome, but a bit more advanced...

You know suse, that's probably the easiest to use.

I've heard great things about slackware, gentoo, FreeBSD, etc...

Good luck on your decision.
 
Old 10-18-2004, 11:57 PM   #7
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It is very easy to install kde on ubuntu.
 
Old 10-19-2004, 12:13 AM   #8
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I Love Gentoo ... but on the hindsight it's a lil bit advanced and it needs a lotta patience.

But u should go to www.distrowatch.com ,read a lotta reviews and make the decision urself.

I've heard good things about Yoper[but why would u wanna go for another RPM based distro...] same with fedora or mandrake..

Try Ubuntu,Mepis [Debian Based distro's] or Slackware 10 ..
 
Old 10-19-2004, 12:19 AM   #9
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Yoper is a Debian based distro with support for RPMs.
 
Old 10-19-2004, 12:51 AM   #10
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I think I'll try Ubuntu for now. Gnome seems like its worth a look. Unless I just fall in love with it, I'll probably try Slackware next. Thanks for all the help and feel free to keep posting your opinions.
 
Old 10-19-2004, 01:19 AM   #11
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Hi Glas,

About Yoper being a debian based distro [Debian site doesn't even mention it as one based on it]
http://www.debian.org/misc/children-distros

And i wouldn't call it a pure debian based distro coz it has stuff from Redhat +
Knoppix[Debian] +LFS +SUSE

http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=independence

Last edited by UsualTuxpect; 10-19-2004 at 01:22 AM.
 
Old 10-19-2004, 02:22 AM   #12
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I am sorry. I misspoke you are correct about that. I confused the two distros in that Ubuntu is Debian based and Yoper uses a lot of features from other distros. Going here will give you the list of stuff that they took from other systems. If you don't want to check there I will post the list here in the format they use:

Q. What are the best features of Linux that are part of Yoper?

A. Thanks to the contributions of other Linux developers and vendors to open source software we have been able to integrate these great features into our OS:

* The base system is built from scratch.
* Packagetools come from Slackware (installpkg, removepkg).
* Raidtools from Red Hat.
* Kudzu Hardware recognition from Red Hat.
* Startup scripts from Red Hat.
* Mozilla from Netscape Ltd.
* OpenOffice from Sun.
* Hwsetup from Knoppix.
* Sax2, Yast2 from SuSE
* KDE 3.3.
* Apt tools from Debian.
* Synaptic from Connectiva.
 
Old 10-19-2004, 03:02 AM   #13
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Dude, no need to apologise for such stuff ......
 
Old 10-20-2004, 03:44 PM   #14
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I'm having trouble installing Ubuntu. After hitting enter to begin the installation, it runs through a bunch of lines (too fast for me to read) then I get a black screen. There is no hard drive activity and the CD no longer spins in the drive. Did I not get the complete iso? Is there a way I can check? The first time I tried to download it I only got 150mb of the 500+mb iso, so I wonder now if a small piece is missing.
 
Old 10-20-2004, 04:21 PM   #15
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do a md5sum check on the iso ...

i think u have a corrupt download...
 
  


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