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linux any one? if so which version

Discussion in 'Computers, Games, Electronics etc' started by 97hatch, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. 97hatch

    97hatch ?

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    We =ll im thinking of installing linux on a pc of mine its been a bout 3 years since i did this last and the version to go with then was rad hat is there any other good versions out there



    What i want this will be my g/f's computer and it will mainly be used for light graphics stuff like photos word processing and web browsing and me to learn on because it seams like linux might be starting to go some where now that you can get it pre installed on lowend pcs

    1 graphical interface
    2 easy to use/install programs
    3 capable of storing/viewing digi pics
    4 good for web browsing
     
  2. xj0hnx

    xj0hnx I wanna be sedated VIP

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    Linspire, and Suse would be good easy to use for what you want. I used to use Fedora Core, but I would try it unless you feel like doing some fiddling.
     
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    ok i forgot to say it must be free so that eleminates linspire/lindows im not sure about suse can i get it for free?
     
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    CRX-YEM Super Moderator Moderator VIP

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    Ubuntu or Kubuntu
     
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    Sabz5150 FALCON PUNCH!!!

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    For a beginner, try Fedora, or Linspire.

    Ubuntu is also a good choice, but I would recommend that for knowledgable users. Same with Slack.

    Gentoo... you must be a jedi master to attempt the jump to the 'Too.
     
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    You'd be best off with Mandriva (used to be mandrake) or Fedora Core. Both of those distros are pretty easy for newbies, and there's great support from the user base. Also, both will run graphics programs just fine, but I don't know anything about linuix graphics as I'm a Photoshop guy. Later,

    Ian
     
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    Fedora Core or Mandriva would get my vote. One of the coolest distros has already been mentioned yet I do not have the power to tame the beast that is Gentoo. Im actually starting another install of Gentoo right now. I cant get damn SSH to set up correctly though.
     
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    If you go with Fedora get very used to the command console. Even though it is GUI friendly, there are many things that need to be done in console. And I haven't looked at 5, but in 4 there were legal issues that you had to work around for watching movies and listening to music in certain media types. Meaning that it didn't come with MP3 support, you had to DL the programs and codecs maually. The reason Linspire and Suse cost is because they antied up for the liscening, and come with actual support as opposed to relying on community support.
     
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    I've used linspire,mandrake,fedora,suse,red hat, etc....

    I still say Ubuntu would be the way to go, virtually no command line needed.
    if you're a little interesetd in learning some *nix commands try Kubuntu needs a little more attention but works just as smoothly as Ubuntu, plus you gotta love apt-get and synaptics you'll never have to worry abour dependency issues, unless your compiling from source
     
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    lsvtec GNU/Linux Evangelist

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    Werd, Ubuntu is the best balance of ease with felxibility I found in a distro. I wouldn't bother with anything base on RedHat's package management as it is the worst tool out there. It as almost as hard as a roll-your-own without any of the flexibility. If you want a little more power and flexibility Gentoo isn't as bad as previously stated, but you have to understand some basic stuff about OS setup and you have to be comfortable comfiguring your own kernel.
     
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    Kernel config is half the fun! That's where you really pull out all the stops on your system's performance.
     
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    i have a copy of knoppix as well...;)...but the only thing about knoppix is that it is a cd driven os...you cannot save shit on there...
     
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    IMO, IF YOU'RE NEW TO LINUX TRY UBUNTU. VERY EASY FOR BEGINERS TO INSTALL. WHAT DO I LIKE? I LIKE USING DEBIAN. BUT THIS IS FOR THE ADVANCED. YOU SHOULD TRY USING KNOPPIX OR WHOPPIX, YOU DOWNLOAD A ISO IMAGE AND CHANGE YOUR BOOT OPTIONS TO ALLOW IT TO BOOT FROM CD FIRST. YOU CAN THEN, HAVE THE OPTION TO INSTALL THE SYSTEM ON YOUR HARD DRIVE. ANOTHER GOOD BOOTABLE VERSION IS CALLED DAMN SMALL LINUX. THIS IS ALSO A VERY GOOD VERSION TO TINKER WITH. :huh:
     
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    Knoppix is Debian based, Ubuntu is Debian based. Really all you get from one to the other is how often they update their packages (I believe Ubuntu pulls the Debian Testing repository every 6 months when they do a release and then they track bug and security patches). Personally, I like the tools that come with Ubuntu better than Knoppix and I feel that Knoppix if better suited to being a run-from-CD distro but not an install and use daily.

    And you can actually install Knoppix to your disk, but as I said earlier, it just doesn't feel as solid as a distro designed for that kind of thing.
     
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    I feel like the old guy around here... I'm a Slack junkie, been in the Linux game since 2.0.0, back when getting online took 15 commands. Whee I'm glad THOSE days are gone!
     
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    im running fedora core right now, i love the interface, kinda a combo of mac and windows. really functional and i love the multiple workspaces.
     
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    That is available no matter what distro you run. My beef with Fedora isn't the window manager or desktop they run, but that their packaging scheme took years longer to be useful than dpkg and apt-get or even emerge. I don't know how Slack does their packaging but I loved that if I wanted a piece of software while running debian, I told apt to install it and it takes care of the dependencies for me. My first run in with rpm was mandrake with the 2.0.x kernel so I hated having to find all the packages that were dependencies before I could install what I wanted.

    Gentoo's emerge is the same way only it takes a little longer because I compile everything.
     
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    Gotta love the apt-get install! So easy to use linux now. When I did my internship, I had to setup gaming servers using debian. I had to get rsync and apache installed for the gaming website and rsync for incremental backups. Before this I had only taking a few linux classes. Apt-get got me through it all! Plus a few hundred linux help sites. lol
     
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    ive been running linspire 4.5 (lindows) for around 2 years now and i have no issues with it at all... i know its not a very "powerful" version of linux... but all i was really looking for was something i could run daily with little to no problems
    i still to this day have not had to go into the command line for shit... everything is retardedly simple to do with linspire + CNR (click and run) basically if i want / need a program, i click the CNR icon find the program im looking for, click the icon again, wait about 30 seconds, and i have it downloaded, installed, and ready to use
    im sure this is blasphemy to a lot of the hard core users... but from a basic end user standpoint its great
    i will be throwing together another box and trying different flavors of linux on there... but for ease of use i honestly dont think you can possibly beat linspire
     
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