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Old 02-12-2006, 10:24 PM   #1
pranavojha
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Thumbs up hey...look who's here


hi guys,
this is pranav from bangalore, india. Just joined in... don't know much but i think this will be fun
 
Old 02-12-2006, 11:29 PM   #2
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Linux?

Do you run linux? If so what distro. If not, are you interested in running/learning about linux? (if so we'd love to help...thats what we do). If thats the case you should ask us what distro to use, we'd love to tell you how the one we use is great and everyone elses is crap. Which is funny if you think about it becouse they all runn the same kernel...they are all the same really (this should get some people goin. Anyway, welcome to a great forum and community.
 
Old 02-13-2006, 05:26 PM   #3
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Old 03-05-2006, 09:23 AM   #4
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huh??

Quote:
Originally Posted by rmakers
Do you run linux? If so what distro. If not, are you interested in running/learning about linux? (if so we'd love to help...thats what we do). If thats the case you should ask us what distro to use, we'd love to tell you how the one we use is great and everyone elses is crap. Which is funny if you think about it becouse they all runn the same kernel...they are all the same really (this should get some people goin. Anyway, welcome to a great forum and community.
is it safe to give out so much info abt my comp??
whats a distro?
this question shud be definitely followed by
which distro to use??

Last edited by pranavojha; 03-05-2006 at 09:25 AM.
 
Old 03-05-2006, 11:45 AM   #5
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Cool Distro

Linux is simply the kernel, or inner workings of a linux system, and it is liscenced with GPL which means that anybody can distribute/sell/rework thelinux kernel. But the kernel itself won't do you any good without some other software on top of it. The most basic and essential of these being software to allow you to interface with and therefore use the linux system, like the shell (command line), gui (the program or programs that allow you to use your mouse to control your computer and have multiple windows open and such), and then you always need the software you actually use, like word prossesors, web browsers, games, whatever you use.

A distropution is all of this, put together, ready to install, and distributed most often by a company (like Red Hat or Suse) or a nonprofit organisation (like ubuntu). The only restriction is that each distributer must also provide the source code so that people can continue to change and improve on other peoples improvments.

It is definatly safe to tell people what operating system you use, that will not give them any info they don't need to help. As far as what distro to use, everyone who has used multiple distros has a preferance, and the only way to find yours is totry a few. I use one called mandriva http://www.mandriva.com on this computer and one call ubuntu http://www.ubuntu.com on the other computer I have. Al of the distros have anvantages and disadvantages, but they can all run the same software, and they all work pretty much the same under the hood. As far as which one ou should use if you are a newcomer to linux, I think ubuntu is pretty good for beginners as well as suse http://www.suse.com, I use to say mandriva becouse it's easy to configure but I have found the newest version to have a lot of buggy software with it, and removing it is added pain for a newcomer.
 
  


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