Free Linux?

Discussion in 'Linux & BSD' started by ming, Apr 6, 2004.

  1. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Sorry, I'm not intending on causing a fuss or ask for warez.

    I want to try one of the Linux OS to see what it's like, but I don't know where to start. I want to know which versions of Linux is free, and if poss, where can I find a copy of one. Also, I've heard about Lindows. Is this similar to Windows or does it actually run MS softwares?
     
  2. X-Istence

    X-Istence * Political User

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    Linux has always been free, i suggest http://mandrake.com/ for newbies like you.

    Your not asking for warez :).

    If you want to keep it simple, you can go to your local computer retailer and get a copy of Mandrake Linux for $30. If you want to download and burn it to CD (free) then check out the site i just gave you :).

    Lindows is indeed a Windows replacer, but it does not run MS software.
     
  3. Agreed, give Mandrake a go, very nice to use, very user friendly and is quick to master.
     
  4. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Hmm...The Lounge? Can one of the Smods please move this to the Linux sub-section. Thanks. [​IMG]
     
  5. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    what he said :p
     
  6. unknownsoul

    unknownsoul Moderator

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    ditto on all the above. another good type of linux is red hat, not hard to get started with, and a different flavor than mandrake. http://www.redhat.com
     
  7. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    anyone for Knoppix?

    might be worth a sample - nice the way you can boot and run it from a CD if you are just playing around....
     
  8. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

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    yes oh lord :p
     
  9. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Sorry Smods, didn't realise there was a dedicated Linux section. :)
    Thank you all for the suggestions. I've downloaded College Linux while sleeping and Mandrake seems to be taking years to download. It says there's 3 600+mb files to download, not sure if that's right. :p
     
  10. Yup its right, most distros are 2 if not 3 disks :)
     
  11. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    some even more ;)
     
  12. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    which is why I mentioned the super unbloated Knoppix - coming in as ONE CD! :cool:
     
  13. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    All (well, I don't know of one that doesn't..) Linux distro's can be installed from one CD. It just depends on how many packages you want.
     
  14. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    The nice thing about Knoppix is you can just put the CD in and boot it even if ya got windows on the HDD. Just set the Bios ta boot from CD and play around with it. I've got a copy of Knoppix at home. I've tried it a couple of times.

    ---> Knoppix Link <---
     
  15. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    I've got a PowerPC iso of Knoppix I keep meaning to burn actually.. may slap it to cd tomorrow sometime :)
     
  16. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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  17. Xie

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    Novell has released YaST under the GPL license so it will be interesting to see if it is ported to any other distro in the near future.
     
  18. vern

    vern Dominus Political User Folding Team

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    I'm using Debian Sarge (testing) right now as a desktop ... but I think that if you'd like a super friendly desktop that works out of the box ... SuSe is the way to go. I did the FTP install and it worked great. I've had experience with Mandrake 9.2 and it worked very very well also.