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    Trying a Linux install...

    I am tempted to install some version of Linux onto my machine just to see what it's all about... what version should I try?

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    A lot of people (myself included) seem to like Ubuntu. It's easy to work with, and gives a good intro into linux.

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    I was going to say the first start looked like Ubuntu, what about Kubuntu? Anybody know what actually is the difference?

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    Yes the kernal it runs on i thinks right. Ubuntu runs on Gimp and Kubuntu runs on KDE. KDE looks a bit like windows so I like kubuntu the best out of both.
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    Another vote for Ubuntu as it is widely believed to be the best desktop distro at the moment.

    Fedora 5 has good server capabilities I hear but for Desktop why not try Ubuntu (Gnome desktop)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TeleFragX
    Yes the kernal it runs on i thinks right. Ubuntu runs on Gimp and Kubuntu runs on KDE. KDE looks a bit like windows so I like kubuntu the best out of both.
    Almost there . Ubuntu runs on GNOME.

    Another vote for Ubuntu here. It's the easiest distro I've ever set up. For all the pcs I've put it on, it's seriously been burn cd, run install, use. No messing about with drivers or anything.

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    I have heard that Ubuntu wont work with NTFS, I'm looking to setup a dual boot with Xp and Ubuntu..

    Any ideas?
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    Ubuntu will recognise NTFS out of the box, it won't write to it though without some jiggery-pokery.

    Code:
    fdisk -l
    
    sudo mkdir /media/windows
    sudo mount /dev/hda1 /media/windows/ -t ntfs -o nls=utf8,umask=0222
    Assuming that your windows partition is hda1 of course

    http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=142481 has some info on enabling write access.

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    You can force any distro to read & write NTFS if you read enough howtos on the web. Not something I would like to trust though.

    Easiest way out is to have a third partition that is fat32 for shared data.

    I use a server (a linux box) as my shared data & email server.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix
    You can force any distro to read & write NTFS if you read enough howtos on the web. Not something I would like to trust though.

    Easiest way out is to have a third partition that is fat32 for shared data.

    I use a server (a linux box) as my shared data & email server.
    This is true and something I missed out in my post.

    I personally use a USB hard drive attached to the network with a FAT32 partition for swapping.

    I use Kubuntu on my download box
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    Ubuntu, Fedora Core 5 and SUSE 10 are all decent distros, although Ubuntu is the only one with a low number of discs i.e. one. NTFS reading should be fine, although I wouldn't try writing to NTFS.
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    If you are looking to using Ubuntu, wait till tomorrow (1st June 2006). The new version should be out (Drapper Drake). This will also have the longest support cycle so far of 5 years as opposed to 18 months with previous versions. Kubuntu as I understand in Ubuntu but with KDE as the gui. KDE is very similar to Windoze. I prefer normal Ubuntu using the Gnome desktop (I actually run Debian Testing/Etch with Gnome) - its sleeker and simpler, less widgets but just as functional.

    If you want to try it out I recommed downloading the live CD's - its a full versionrunning off the CD without any installation.

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    The age old question - What linux distro lol. I like suse myself, maybe debian?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKMuFFiN
    The age old question - What linux distro lol. I like suse myself, maybe debian?
    - Ubuntu is based on debian.

    Quote Originally Posted by alexkoon
    If you are looking to using Ubuntu, wait till tomorrow (1st June 2006). The new version should be out (Drapper Drake)As for the new release.
    - Yippee!! -Or is that a bit premature....?

    I have a dual boot XP and Linux but find myself using Linux most of the time for surfing/gaim (Chat program) and cannot read the NTFS partion although it is detected by Linux. I have heard of using a FAT32 separate partion, e.g. say 5GB for DVD images etc which sounds good or ........
    Quote Originally Posted by mgh0
    I personally use a USB hard drive attached to the network with a FAT32 partition for swapping.
    - excellent idea
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    Wow guys, thanks for all the input, I will be waiting for the version that comes out tomorrow then and get trying with that!

    Cheers,

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    go for Ubuntu...it's really nice..although I prefer FC 5 myself..

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