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post May 5 2004, 07:40 AM
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Whats this Lie-nix Thing?

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I am a Windows-in-the-conversion-process user of Linux. That is, I have used Windows all my life, but I can't afford an upgrade, and I like Linux anyway!
I became aquainted with Linux through the old Red Hat 7.2 distro. Soon found out that it was outdated and that there were a LOT of alternative distros just waiting to be downloaded. After some research searching the net and my soul and my heart, I landed on Ark Linux - a fine European distro.

However, in my search I avoided the distros with text-based installations, even though I've never attempted to do one. I am not yet entirely comfortable with Linux-names and expressions, so some VITAL information about certain distros might have been lost on me! Therefore, I turn to you!

I am new to Linux, yes, but I'm not a complete computer-illiterate. I would prefer a distro without a time-consuming installation. If I get stuck I get very annoyed and reminded of the numerous times I've struggled with Windows. I am not, however, looking for a Win-clone - I've got Win98, that's more than enough! Also, I would like a distro that is up-to-date with applications, especially for multimedia, office and the internet. I do not expect to be developing anything for Linux in quite a while, so development-tools are not important to me.
Just to mention it, I've got an AMD Athlon, and I would like the distro to be free wink.gif

Please suggest anything that you think fits my 'requrements', minor or major distros. Go wild!

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post May 6 2004, 05:40 AM
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Its GNU/

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Well if you want a distro with the latest kernel and a lot of new stuff then Mandrake 10 would be your choice :

you need to download the binary images, not the source ones [unless you want to do something with the source]

I use Fedora Core 1 , which is basicaly Red Hat linux, but newer, and it's stable with the latest updates, I've been using it for a month now [approx] and everything is working fine. I even use it at my workplace on 7 computers, and they are all working fine.

The link is :
pick a link from a mirror to download Fedora Core 1
after that you can use apt-get to install stuff, which is really easy, and not a pain in the $#@ smile.gif
for example
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade <--- this upgrades your distro to the latest version, I mean the packages...
apt-get install xine    <--- this install a program for you, in this example xine, a multimedia player for linux

in case you wan't to try out some Enterprise Linux Distros, I would reccomend Whitebox Linux, which feels like Red Hat linux , and is really easy to install, but has the advantages of a enterprise distro...

The Link :
you can download it from there.

All of the three distros are free, and updated on a regular bassis.

But you can also try some other distros, since we are all different, and we all have our special distro that we like the best , so if you can afford it , also try out :

Debian [I haven't tried it yet ...but with the new installer, it's easier to install ...]
Please have a look at the distributions section of this site :

you should check them all out,... then , linux_distro_name review ... and read about them, and once you think you found your potential favorite distro to be , download it, and check it out.

If you have any trouble with any linux distro in the future , please do not hesitate to return here, and ask , we'll be glad to help you out.

Robert B

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