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Old 10th December, 2001, 06:18 AM
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stupid noobie questions

I wanna try and run some linux on one of my rigs, but I havent even got a clue as to which distrobution I should be lookin at. I will pretty much be on my own for the first install , os the easier the better :P TIA!!
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Old 10th December, 2001, 10:43 AM
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Gee, surlyjoe! You beat me to that exact same question!

I've done (some) reading around, and as I see it, there are three fairly idiot-proof distributions, which I'm gonna need, seeing as I'm installing it over the solstice (much beer).

The ones I've found are Mandrake 8.1, SuSE 7.3 and RedHat 7.1, of which the first two are the most up to date, but the latter is more idiot-orientated.

OK, so I'm here with a linux-compatible box of bits, a screwdriver, and a brand-new hard-disc. Pick any one, experts...
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Old 10th December, 2001, 01:01 PM
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I'm no expert, but I like Mandrake because in command-line it colors the files and folders and symbolic links differently and makes it easier to use. For some reason I couldn't get the kernel to compile in it however, so I'm currently installing Debian, which is a royal pain in the a$$. If your going to be using X-Windows a lot (that's the GUI) then go with Mandrake and use KDE, IMO. But if your fooling around in the command-line, then still use Mandrake, IMO
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anyone ever try "best linux" ?
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I like SuSE the best. It's everything that Linux is supposed to be: rock stable, and it has no quirks. Quirks are by definition not Linux. Mandrake has them by the dozen, ergo: Mandrake is not Linux, IMHO.

It's easy to install, too. Mandrake if you want to be among the crowd of.... SuSE if you want the best. SuSE is the most popular distribution in Europe, if that makes any difference.
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Are there any s/w incompatability issues with SuSE? I know that some things object to RedHat environments; just wondering whether SuSE suffers from a similar problem.
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Suse is pretty idiot proof and my linux-pal uses it a lot. I seem to remember installing redhat pretty easily onto my machine ages ago but never got anywhere with it. I might give it anoter go...
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I've played around with Mandrake 6.0 and 8.0, didn't have any huge problems with them except 8.0 wouldn't run my sound card, an Ensoniq 64, even though it was listed in the compatibility lists. I liked the many different system themes that came with 6.0, my cd had at least 50 of them.
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I rescind my bid for Mandrake. I just tried out Redmond Linux Build 43 this afternoon, and it is perfect for the average home user. This is the distro that will make linux widespread. It looks like Windows, sets up as easily as Windows, and is stable. Yeah, baby, what else could you ask for. Sure, it's bloated. But it's easy for someone, like, say, my dad, to use. And since he's always turning off Linux on that box to use Windows even though it's my web server, I can now tell him it's just like Windows and he'll use it. w00t!
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So how about a URL?
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So how about a URL?
www.redmondlinux.org.
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