Newbie Linux

Discussion in 'Linux & BSD' started by Heeter, Oct 16, 2004.

  1. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Hi Guys,

    Well I scored a PIII433 computer that I am thinking of installing Linux in it just to learn on. Which distro should begin with. I am thinking to go with Mandrake 10. What do you guys think?

    Heeter
     
  2. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    I've heard that SuSE makes a nice starting distro, but I've never actually used it. :)

    I personally began with RedHat 6 as my very first distro (talk about horrendous hardware support back then :p). You could go with Fedora Core or Mandrake too. Another option is Knoppix, which you can use as a LiveCD - you don't need to install anything to your hard disk until you're sure you want to.
     
  3. sean.ferguson

    sean.ferguson Moderator Folding Team

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    I'd say SuSE over any other RPM based distro, i have used it for a while for various tasks and even tried it as a server.
    But another good choice would be Fedora Core :)

    Mandrake in my opinion is far too bloated, and will slow down your system further than SuSE or Fedora will.
     
  4. Mandrake is great, best newbie Linux distro there is.
     
  5. Xie

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    I tinkered with SuSe ages ago but I liked it best out of the "newbie" distro's. YaST is pretty nice. :)
     
  6. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Thanks guys,

    I am dedicating this 'puter to Linux to learn on, so I am not concerned about installing anything. My main thing is to learn and having no problems with hardware. Last thing I need from the get-go is Linux not recognizing the most basic hardware I have it on. I do have some manuals already as well.

    I read something about "Slackware". I heard it is basically *BSD with a GUI. Would that be a newbie consideration?

    Thanks for all your input so far.

    Heeter
     
  7. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    Slackware is what I started out on before I moved to BSD.

    If you ask me BSD is easier and nicer for a newbie to learn - theres just a lot more to learn before you get a pretty GUI.

    In all cases be prepared to break it and clean install a few times befoer figuing out how to fix it by hand :)

    Abve all just have fun.
     
  8. X-Istence

    X-Istence * Political User

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    Someone needs a spell checker :p.

    I suggest Mandrake or Slackware. Suse is pretty nice currently, and i think it will be even better, but it is a bit tempermental on my test system.
     
  9. unknownsoul

    unknownsoul Moderator

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    I have Suse running on my server right now, and I had problems with mandrake 10 sucking all the resources from my other computer. I have run Red Hat 9 (haven't had time to mess with fedora) and have been quite happy with it.
     
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  10. desie

    desie OSNN Senior Addict

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    Mandrake is pretty cool for a newbie distro. Slackware is cool for diving in a bit further on.