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Old 03-23-2005, 04:51 AM   #1
Bill Johns
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Which is the best distribution?

The best over all. And who has it for the least price?
Need some advice.
Old 03-23-2005, 05:04 AM   #2
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This is the most commonly asked question. It clearly depends on your needs, skill, time and desire to learn things.

Having said that I suggest Suse as a first distro. And I currently use Gentoo, which is simply more suitable for me.
Old 03-23-2005, 06:03 AM   #3
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Oh no, not again. Every (or almost every) non-Linux user that registers here asks this same question. It comes up at least twice a week. And the same answer is given: there's no such thing as "the best distro". You didn't even say what do you intend to use Linux for. Home PC, work office, mail server etc. You can get an answer to your question two ways:
-try several distributions and settle with the one you like most. This goes for the ones who have plenty of time but can be a bit confusing as each distro has its own particularities. Or,
-just pick one (of course, don't jump straight to Slackware or something like that), see what Linux is about and, when you understand the way things work in Linux, feel free to choose something else.
For the second approach, you may use a visit at or check here, at LQ, the awards page:
Or, of course, you may always get yourself a LiveCD (Knoppix being the most popular) and play around with it as much as it takes to get familiar to Linux.
As for the price, most of the Linux distributions come for free, meaning that you can download them and use them as you wish.
Good luck and let us know what the gods reserved to you.
Old 03-26-2005, 05:48 PM   #4
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Not really a non linux user here. More like a dormant one. I started doing the slackware back when it first came out. Im not up to date on it all though.
I'm not a game person or into all the latest gui, I like to play with compilers and plan on a CNC controller.
I just would like the latest and greatest. I down loaded the 3 mandrake disks and no luck there yet.
Old 03-26-2005, 06:03 PM   #5
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Harken gave you some good ideas. While I think there are easier distros for a newbie than SuSE, it is a good overall distro. You seem to have the background for something more complex, so you may want to try it. However, Red Hat Fedora Core is free for the download and offers the same sort of depth.

Try one.

Old 04-04-2005, 02:39 AM   #6
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I personally think the old 2.2 Caldera was the best and easyest to install.
Old 04-04-2005, 02:50 AM   #7
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If you like Caldera, which I used to use years ago, you will like TurboLinux too.
Old 05-04-2005, 01:25 AM   #8
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It's al depends on your need.. :-)
Old 05-04-2005, 12:10 PM   #9
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The absolute very best distro is Slackware..............for me.

The absolute very best distro for you may be something else.

There is no spoon.
Old 05-04-2005, 06:17 PM   #10
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I suggest you to use debian distribution especially ubuntu..
Old 05-04-2005, 06:50 PM   #11
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I've tried Fedora Core, SUSE, Linspire and Mandrake, and the one that was the least major pain in the butt was Mandrake. Everyting just worked right out of the box. This will depend on you hardware.


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