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> To Learn And Retain Knowledge, Whats the best distro to learn on?
post May 31 2004, 02:00 AM
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Total noob here! compiled 10 kernels so far just for the sake of doing it (seeing how long it would take for my pc). Now i'm ready to sit down and learn some junk! Any Ideas on the best distro to learn linux on? Knoppix? Gentoo? I'm not afraid of work, and I have time to spare when the kids are sleeping. I am willing to do a full install without a GUI, and willing to document my actions so I can write about what I did for other noobs to learn. I have intermediate VB skills, and embarrasingly huge amount of DOS, Windows knowledge (willing to forget it all if the need arises!). Lastly my wife bet me I cant do it! So for my sake and my future! I need to learn this stuff...

If this is amusing, Good! I want to feel that I will have fun doing this... so please don't bust my happy lil' bubble... for now at least.

Please let me, and other know what we need, and possibly where to get what we need before creating a whole new world! Yes! I have a phobia of penguins!

Thank you all in advance before I end this post.

Your's trully,
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post May 31 2004, 02:59 PM
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If you have the time to go through some trial and error and are will doing to do some research I would recommend doing a stage one Gentoo install. A couple things about this.
1) It takes a ridiculous amount of computer compile time, so there is going to be lots of down time where its just working (you can do it over night and go to sleep) but your not going to have use of the computer, so its best if you have a second one you can use while your trying to do this for everyday stuff, and trouble shooting, plus Gentoo has an awesome on-line guide to follow.
2) It will teach you allot about the way a linux system works, where stuff is stored, data structures that sort of stuff, so if thatís what you are looking to learn this is a way to do it.
3) Ounce you are up and running you will have a pretty average system, meaning there wont be allot of special things about it specific only to this disto (mandrake has alot of that) so your knowledge will be pretty generic.
4) Its very hard, even for pretty good linux users, so if you are looking for a quick and easy way to win the bet, this isn't it, but you will come out with the best understanding of linux. If you want a quick easy install Mandrake has a great install and its a very good distro, just watch out that some of the tools are very specific to Mandrake.

Thatís my recommendation, fact of the matter is, what ever you install you can learn linux on, I just think that the Gentoo install will teach you alot you wont get out of other installs.

--Jim Lester

Distro: Gentoo
System: AMD Athlon 3000+ XP 2.166 GHz
NVIDIA nForce2 IGP Chipset
NVIDIA nForce2 Dual Head 64 MB Graphics

Server Distro: CentOS
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