linux ! whats best?

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by unvme, Dec 7, 2003.

  1. unvme

    unvme Guest

    ok i am going to run a dual boot setup agian. i am wondering what the best linux everyone thinks i should use? i what to try gentoo but i dont htink it has a gui installer. also i know redhat/mandrake is easy for newbies. i have use linux before so i know some but i need to learn a whole lot more. please help out thanks.

    P.s. if anyone know where to get gentoo let me know. i would like a torrent.
     
  2. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I started out with Mandrake and was always pretty happy with it. I'm on SuSE now though, and it is awesome. I'd highly recommend SuSE 8.2 (or 9.0 if you want to buy a copy). Best part is the net installer, you don't have to download CD's all night and then install, you just download a 20 meg CD, then it downloads everything as you're installing.
     
  3. Rob

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    I would sugest starting with SuSe, Mandrake or RedHat.
     
  4. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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  5. CyberBullets

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    Gentoo. jump right in to the deep end, and hope u can tread water well :)

    other then that suse 9.0 pro is sweet
     
  6. ChosenGSR

    ChosenGSR Mama always said you'd be the chosen one

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    what is better about suse vs redhat ?
     
  7. pr0teus

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    i just wanted to say something that i've learned while trying all the linux flavors. basically, all the distributions of linux are the same. the only thing that differs in each distro are special features.
    my personal views on the linux distros:

    mandrake - really easy to use
    suse - almost as easy as mandrake. it has a really nice 'control panel'
    redhat - a business distro with just your basic apps

    i've heard that gentoo is just awesome and has really nice features, but i also heard that it takes a while to install.

    but i think you'll be happy with mandrake or suse.
     
  8. mtellin

    mtellin The sea was angry that day my friends......like an

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    Gentoo is awesome IMO, and the newest version makes it VERY easy to install

    You can get the iso off www.linuxiso.org I know its not a torrent but depending on the time you can get some very fast downloads off there
     
  9. go with redhat, easiest of the above in my opinion, get familiar with packages and configuring and making your apps, then move on to the distro of your choice.
     
  10. DatacomGuy

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    Gentoo is good but IMO it has degraded alot. I used to use it exclusively about a year and a half ago and I thought it was amazing. When I came back to Windows for a while ei got frustrated and went back to Gentoo but the new version just didn't cut it for me. I don't know what it is but ilost something. I think it was the questionable quality of the ebuilds.
     
  12. Dommi

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    top five distros
    redhat/mandrake - easy to install
    debian - difficulty level hard. debian is meant for an expert
    suse - harder on the scale then rh and slackware
    gentoo - compile your own software then install (much harder)
    slackware - not as easy as rh but a simpler install
     
  13. Zourn

    Zourn 16-bit Ninja OT Supporter

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    SuSE 9 is super easy. Honestly, it's almost as easy to set-up and use as windows.
     
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    agreed
     
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    Little Spunky $#!T :cool:

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    Where could a fella download SuSE at?
     
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  17. CyberBullets

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    :werd: even setting up my nforce2 board was a snap! even mepis (www.mepis.org) is sweet. debian based, works extremely well for the desktop. our LUG went over it at yesterdays meeting.
     
  18. Blindsight

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    Humor me, which version are we talking about? I don't see anything but version 1.4? :confused:
     
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  20. CyberBullets

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    I hear that Suse's installation is kind of a bitch - but I don't know if thats true first hand - I started off with Mandrake and thought it was pretty easy, you might wanna give that a go. Any of the distros can be downloaded from linuxiso.org so if you need one, go there!
     
  22. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    kida of a bitch? its easier then an xp install!
     
  23. pr0teus

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    agreed. the only part that might be scary is the partitioning section of the install... but i think this is the scary part in most installs anyway
     
  24. Blindsight

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    Oh okay ;) I have those already, just haven't tried to install them yet. My linux guru friend helped me do a stage 1 tarball installation awhile ago and it was a nightmare. Hopefully this install won't be as difficult or time consuming :x:
     
  25. Blindsight

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    SuSe 9 Professional is very, very easy to install. I used partition magic in windows to set aside a partition just for SuSe and SuSe just did it's thing, no hassle and hardly any input on my part.
     

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