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  • Debian

    4 20.00%
  • Mandrake

    9 45.00%
  • RedHat

    2 10.00%
  • Slackware

    1 5.00%
  • Gentoo

    6 30.00%
  • Other

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Thread: Linux fr Noobs - vote please

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    Question Linux fr Noobs - vote please

    Hi

    Having done a couple of RedHat installs (7.x and 8.0) but not been able to do much with it I wondered whether y'all have any opinions on the best version of Linux to learn with?

    I have been able to find ISOs for Mandrake, Debian & Gentoo. I tried to do the same for SUSE and Slackware but was put off by the seeming option to only install via FTP for SUSE and haven't yet got BitTorrent installed in order to get the slackware ISOs.

    Which one would you vote for and why would it suit a n00b ?

    Thanks

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    The only flavour I've tried as a noob myself is Mandrake 9.1. I installed it to have a look at Linux and was very impressed. It did a fully auto nstall and recognised all my ports and devices so I'd recomend it fora first timer like myself
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    If you are getting into linux then you are used to windows (?) anyway mandrake is the linux distro that tries not to assume too much knowledge on the part of the user (like windows) and can be installed and up online in a few minutes, other flavours are not as user friendly in general and assume a level of expertise most n00bs dont have.
    Have a look here for any distros you want, bit torrent is good for warez, ftp for linux:

    ftp://ftp.esat.net/pub/OS/linux

    There are mirrors of this all over the place if you are too far from Ireland and get crappy speeds. Although this should always beat bit torrent.
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    www.mepis.org

    i don't normally abuse [size ], but it needs saying.

    mepis is

    *easier to install & faster than mandrake
    * based on Debian, and therefore powered by the vastly superior APT package management system
    * just plain easy and generally r0x

    it's also easier to navigae & configure & use than mandrake, and requires considerably less effort (and has all the same plus points like supporing xvid/ac3 out of the box).

    a n00b needs gentoo, slackware or debian like a forced vasectomy, and red-hat (whilst quite nice) is a) RPM based and b) hates media files like MP3

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    oh, and it comes as a livecd with an "install" button so you can give it a whirl before committing yourself

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    What hex said, MEPIS is an excelent distro, i used it a few months back, ive used Linux for over a year now on my seccond PC, I started with Mandrake then Red Hat, I now use Slackware but have used Debian and Gentoo, I use Slack now as with the old saying "You install Mandrake and you learn Mandrake" - "You install Slackware and you learn Linux" I know Slack dosent have the advanced package management, but i like to do things manually, im a control freak you see But id say Mandrake/MEPIS/SuSE/RedHat(Now Fedora) or maybe Knoppix. As you go on have a tinkle with Slack/Debian/Gentoo, but if you have older hardware or a slow internet connection DO NOT go down the Gentoo route as it compiles everything from source, which take bloody ages!

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    Ive not tried mepis, but from the Distros youve listed, id go with Mandrake personaly.
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    I didn't get past the install with Mandrake, but then that's probably down to a disagreement between my system and Linux.

    If you want Mandrake 9.2 on CDs I can post them to you at cost. (didn't work so no need for them)

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    i'm getting very tempted to drastically rig the poll to make sure nobody is subjected to mandrake through not knowing any better

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    If you want to learn, go gentoo. You'll come out the far side of the install with a firm grasp of the basics. And less hair...
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    Originally posted by thelonecrouton
    If you want to learn, go gentoo. You'll come out the far side of the install with a firm grasp of the basics. And less hair...
    Agreed, just print out the install guide and follow it exactly, do not rush at all though or you will be punished

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    gentoo for someone who doesn't even know the difference between sh, csh, tcsh, bash & korn?

    that's just SILLY

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    I accedently voted for Debian, Gentoo and Other.

    What I meant was RedHat and Mandrake.

    Agreed on Gentoo though, NOT a n00b Distro, follow the install guide to a T and it still wont be enough as you need to improvise, and in the end, you won't have a GUI anyway.

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    Personally I've used SuSE for 2-3 yrs now, so I stick with what I know. It does a lot of hand holding I know. I've also used Mandrake, which I like a lot & Vector Linux, which is cool, but I've got inot Free BSD lately, which is a challenge.
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    Can u give me some more information on mepis , it sounds interesting.
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