How hard is Linux to install and use? Which version do I go with?

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  1. Zepher

    Zepher Hi, I am Kimmy

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    I am currently downloading Fedora version of Linux.
    It consists of 3 ISO files.

    Tha machine I am going to use it on is a Dual PII 450, 512megs, 18gig scsi drive, Oxygen DVX210 Dual proc Video card.
    There is a game I want to play called Zarch and I can't find a PC version.
    Last time I played this game was in the late 80's in Iceland on my friends Acorn Archimedes RISC machine.
    I am feeling nostalgic today and wanted to play that game. It was also called Lander, as well as Virus on the Commodore Amiga.

    So, any info and tips will be appreciated.
     
  2. dim sum

    dim sum Guest

    you're a beginner huh
    i recommend gentoo so you can force yourself to learn linux the hard way
     
  3. Zepher

    Zepher Hi, I am Kimmy

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    gentoo?
     
  4. jayrod

    jayrod Lurker extraordinaire...

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    I downloaded Xandros from BitTorrent and I must say... it kicks ass

    Super easy to use, automatic configuration for windows network compatibility, it even runs windows apps (like office).
     
  5. waylander

    waylander New Member

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    Download Knoppix to learn on.
     
  6. BlazinBlazer Guy

    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    :rofl: at the reason for fazle's edit :o
     
  7. Apollo

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    slackware!
     
  8. Zepher

    Zepher Hi, I am Kimmy

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    I am going to try Knoppix and Fedora and see which one is easier to use.
     
  9. Zepher

    Zepher Hi, I am Kimmy

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    I'll try Xandros when I find a copy.
     
  10. Balzz

    Balzz N54 Elitist OT Supporter

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    I'm using debian.
     
  11. Claydus

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    Redhat is pretty east to setup mostly all automatic setup.
     
  12. Jake!

    Jake! Guest

    Xandros v 3 is out... did you get the delux version from BT? Where did you find it? PM me.

    Knoppix is great to get a taste of *nix. It boots from a cd and doesn't change the HD.
     
  13. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    If you just want to play around, I recommend downloading a LiveCD like Knoppix or Gnoppix. You just burn it, put it in and it boots, so you can play around with Linux without installing it to your hard drive.

    If you want to install it, get Ubuntu (http://www.ubuntulinux.org). It's the easiest and quickest distro to install (one CD, installs in under an hour) and it's excellent.
     
  14. RalphL

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    knoppix is simple. when the screen comes up, just type in knoppix and hit enter. it will do the rest. i used knoppix for my first distro and i love it.
     
  15. Apollo

    Apollo Guest

    knoppix isn't really a distro per say. It uses isolinux, so it's a live cd.
    You can't save settings or anything like like that, but it is good for having a desktop up while you're installing your distro if you use gentoo or LFS. It's also a nifty tool to have around for recovery purposes.

    I'm using gentoo myself, and it has been a good choice I think. If you like to keep your system bleeding-edge, optimized, and do a lot of manual configuration, I'd go for it.
     
  16. Funky Munky

    Funky Munky Chronic Masturbator OT Supporter

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    You are converting to Linux for a single game?
     
  17. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Knoppix can actually be installed to the hard drive, I'd call it a distro.

    I tried Gentoo once, but it was way too much work for no payoff whatsoever (IMO - I hate fucking around with installation and configuration, I like them to work right away so I can fuck around with more important things like code). It is nice for its customizability, but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone unless they have lots of time on their hands and want a steep learning curve.
     
  18. bluesphx

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    *nix has a vertical learning curve. I use Fedora Core 3. I like it. Gentoo is next on my list. You can get install cd's so you dont have to fuck around with the initial setup, but it does give you the most customized version tailored for your machine.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    I understand where you're comming from, but when you do a real install of gentoo (compile everything) then you can optomize the crap outta the system, and you will not get a faster-running distro.
     
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    I've got to say that gentoo is a pain in the fucking ass. I installed it this weekend and have been battling with it trying to get X to work with my video card. Also, emerge is cool and all but it took over 15 hours to install xorg :wtc:.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    that's because everything is custom, and is built on your machine, for your machine.

    Keep at it, and you'll understand it all.
     
  22. Muchacho_Gasolino

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    I think Fedora is a pretty good choice for a first distro. I didn't realize how easy a time I had getting everything to work correctly until i formatted and switched distros recently. My ubuntu is a good bit faster, and apt owns yum IMO, but it isnt like my fedora where almost everything just *worked* instead of me having to mess around with it and check out the forums for a while.
     
  23. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Just out of curiosity, what problems did you have with Ubuntu? Everyone I know has had it work near perfectly as soon as it was installed (even detected obscure hardware and stuff on laptops).
     
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    Hey, my question is kinda similar to the topic starter of this thread. How do I install a linux distribution on my computer where it will work next to windows, (like have win98 start up if i do this or my linux if i do that) and which would be the best,(and preferably free) version of linux for me to use?
     
  25. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Any distro can dual-boot, however I would recommend SuSE for this purpose since its installer can resize NTFS partitions and works very nicely with Windows. You can download it from http://www.suse.com (the net installer works fine, or if you like you can download the full version on five CDs or 2 DVDs or something like that).
     

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