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Dinero
post Oct 19 2004, 07:06 PM
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I'm sure its very hard to say, but what is the best version of linux? I mean, I've tried to install things in linux and stuff with the whole make, make install blah blah, and have to install RPMs to allow that function to work, but have to install RPMs that allow for the installation of RPMs for the RPMs required to install the RPMs needed to install make and make install.

So its more along the lines of the easiest to use and most well designed. I've heard good things about Red hat, Fedora is pretty bad in my opinion and SUSE sucks. So far I haven't tried much, but I'm thinking of perminantly switching over, who can say what is the best?


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post Oct 20 2004, 12:30 PM
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No body can say what is best. We all squable about this every time this question is asked and it gets asked all the time.

Its like asking "what car is best?"

Most of it has to do with function, but after that, it just breaks down to personal preferance.

Obviously a Jaguar XJ8 isn't best for off-road exploration, but even still, there will be debate about if a Jeep or Hummer is better.

You said you were looking for something simple and easy to use? I would recomend Mandrake, but I would also say Fedora and SuSE would be good options, which you so blatently shared your views on.

The fact of the matter is that untill you get used to it any distro is probably going to give you trouble because its going to be new to you. If you are looking for something that is exactly like windows just stay in windows. Linux is different and you are going to have to deal with that and learn a new system.

Try Mandrake, its pretty easy, but who knows. Just get out there and experiment and don't trash a distro just because you can't figure out one thing.

Now is the part where everyone else comes in and vouches for thier favorite flavor of linux....


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If you mean..which distro is best..
Time to look into one of our polls..


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post Oct 21 2004, 04:13 PM
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Well i think it totally depends on the work you want to do and what you are really comfortable with. For me.. its redhat.

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post Oct 21 2004, 09:00 PM
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Yeah, I figured I'd get that response. Right now I'm using Knoppix, it seems rpetty good. I'm not saying that SUSE or Fedora are bad, just that it seems there is a universal function for all distros of Linux and they just required way too much for me to have to learn and understand everything in order to get those standard functions to work properly. Maybe its for every distro, I'm new to this stuff, so I guess it really doesn't matter.

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post Oct 22 2004, 07:28 AM
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This has to be the most asked question ever with regards to Linux.

Bottom line:

- it's all a matter of opinion
- it's all a matter of experience
- it's all a matter of what's available to you
- it's all a matter of trial-and-error

I'm constantly trying new distributions, which i'm sure a lot of the other 'advanced' users on this forum do as well. Every time a new distro comes out, i give it a shot. It may cost a lot of cd's, but you'd be surprised on what you come across.

And if you don't want it to cost you CD's, then you can just used a Windows install with VMware (30-day evaluation license) and install through there by setting your "CDROM device" as an iso file.


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post Nov 19 2004, 09:27 AM
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Hi there, Dinero

i like Mandrake but i have tried Suse 9.l and it was not that bad i have also tried Debian 3.0 and could not quite get the hang of it but like the others above have already said it is a matter of prefrence and what you want to do that make a distro easy or hard to learn.

but in any case you will have to lean a whole new OS structure and commands like it or not, i mean when you first used Windows you did not know every thing off the bat right ?.

of course not you had to learn it from trial and error and if your like me lots of trial and error as for installing Make and GCC to ./configure and ./install programs that is easy during the install of any and all ditros i have tried you just select Development and then you can further select single files,RPMS,DEB, Ect from there to customize that but i have found on Mandrake and Suse that selecting Development will install a lot of stuff you do not need but will install the most common stuff needed to compile programs from source and most importantly do not forget to install the Kernel Source code for the kernel your running in your Distro or the compiler will exit with a ton of errors.

i know i have iover simplified things a bit but you get the idea it is just a matter of asking questions and learning from the Experince of Others whom have the skills and will write howto's that is my favorite way to learn.

But i would say for me Easy to use would be Suse or Mandrake but take that with a cautionary note: I am not an Advanced or Power User nor am i a programmer just a shmo that knows these are easy to learn (for me anyways) but i still have a ways to go on doing it all myself smile.gif.

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Not sure if this will help tremendously, but I just decided to switch away from Slackware, probably to Fedora Core, though I'll likely be test-driving Mandrake and Debian as well. Thought I might post the rationale behind that change.

The main reason for my switch has to do with the fact that Slackware still doesn't have quite the following that Fedora Core does. Since Fedora Core 1 was essentially Red Hat 10 with different branding, its user base and developer communities are HUGE. As a relative 'n00b' myself, I think that this will make it a lot easier to learn how to handle Linux and become competent with it before I try and move to a less-used distro. It's also very good in terms of software compatibility... most software for Linux that I've seen is released as source and/or RPMs. There are utilities such as the one used to change RPMs into Slackware's 'tgz' packages, but this generally isn't recommended. The main reason though, is that when things go wrong with Fedora Core, it's looking like there will be more places to turn to for help.

The best advice I could give you right now is what I'm already doing:
  • Go to your local equivalent of a PC Club and find the spindles of about 100 blank, cheap CD-Rs for like $20. Get one, it'll last you a few years ;-)
  • Burn as many distros as you want to try and think you'll have room for. Some, like Debian, allow for internet-based installations, so you only need one CD.
  • Partition your drive off (they can share the same swap partition, just try to keep each root directory on the same physical drive as its swap)
  • Install the distros and play with them, see which one you like


Once I'm done with this, I'll try and post up what I thought of each.


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post May 28 2005, 12:02 AM
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Well i've been a Slackware User forever and I've switch to almost every distro and ended up back to Slackware.. Then a few days ago I came across Ubunto. All I can say is WOW what a Distro. I think everyone should give this one a shot.


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Ubuntu is nice, although I have only ever used it as a LiveCD. The config-file editor is great, since you dont need to go fidning the config files yourself. Having said that, most of the other config tools arent as advanced as the ones in Mandrake.

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post Dec 23 2005, 04:42 PM
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i recommend trying the knoppix 4.0 live cd....

on another thread i mentioned i had that and popped it into my win xp laptop, rebooted, it found everything, and i mean everything, it loaded fast, and ran fast, found the my hard drive, my wireless network card, my cd drive, my dvd drive, my usb drive.....smooth as silk.....

when i get a chance im going to actually try and install it onto a desktop im not currently using to really see what it can do.

im not a linux expert, just a newbie and i have been to www.distrowatch.com, and downloaded probably a dozen or more linux distros, and the knoppix was by far the easiest to use.....
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Linux is different and you are going to have to deal with that and learn a new system.It may cost a lot of cd's, but you'd be surprised on what you come across.

but in any case you will have to lean a whole new OS structure and commands like it or not, i mean when you first used Windows you did not know every thing off the bat right ?.








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mass,
Welcome to Linuxhelp. Good point but this is a 6 year old thread so Original Poster might be around anymore...
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Hello everyone! Newbie here, haven't really even used Linux yet, but I just started taking some Microsoft classes , so now & for some obvious reasons, I'm looking into trying out something else as far as an OS goes.
I recently used A virutal machine to boot up mint 11 & man she was a beauty!! Everything seemed to just flow & click naturally using only 2GB of RAM, & I loved the capability to pretty much customize just about everything!

Unfortunately, I was only able to play around with it for about 30 minutes & some really fun & interesting things happened when I tried to shut it down. I'm fairly certain that it had nothing to do with the Linux distro, but it took some hard negotiating to get my hardware resorces, (at the time my pc was running on 3GB of RAM total) back to my x86 windows vista OS, which inevitably lead to a 2 week long, complete hardware & system overhaul for my PC.

Long story short, my old stock store bought PC is now running on a x64 system like my HP Pavillion M8100N was built to do. I've maxed out the ram (8GB high performance) & upgraded the OS to Windows Vista Ultimate x64, upgraded the PSU to 600W, added a PNY Nvidia GeForce GTX 550Ti graphics card, & another 2TB hard drive which has really opened the doors to having some real fun. WOW!! I've only been running half my PC for the past couple years!! The difference is pretty phenominal, but I can't help but feel that Windows is still bogging everything down. I actually do use my PC for tons of different multimedia related applications, from using the media center as a server for all my home networking with my other pcs & gaming consoles, to video & audio editing & conversion, creation & editing apps like adobe photoshop CS2, dreamweaver, gimp, to gaming, & not to mention school.

That's where you guys come in!!

I want some Linux in my blood!!! & here's where it all starts. I've done plenty of research on all the different distros & it's really enough to make your head spin if you read too far into them. As a long time windows user I'd like something that's not going to take too much time to get running & keep running, but I also am extremely looking forward to the open source freedom without all the extra weight that I hear so much about from Linux.

I'm looking at Mint & Ubuntu.

They both have a huge following, so support seems to be around every corner & they are both HIGHLY recommended, &/or I'd say to some point religiously loved by their users:)

I guess I'm not looking for the possibly never to be known answer as to which is the better distro. I think I'm actually asking you guys which would be best for me?

Considering what I currently use my sytem for, which one would best fit my needs? I plan on dual booting, but from the 2nd hard drive so I'll have plenty of space to play with, & plan on USING the Linux distro & probably even making it my main OS so I'll want to add all the same apps & things that I have on windows already, if possible..

Any Linux Guru, Please Advise!! smile.gif
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