Reccomend a Linux distros and something (book or wite) to learn how to use Linux.

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  1. Xaint

    Xaint New Member

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    I need a book or website that would teach me what I need to know to use linux.

    I would also like recommendations on which free version to get, I'm not getting Linspire which I was told to get by someone.
     
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    Go with one of the buntus. There's more than enough documentation online. The install is a breeze and it tends to find most hardware from my experiences with it. If that doesn't find all your hardware try some other live CDs and see which ones work out of the box for you.
     
  3. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    *ubuntu x2. Depending on whether you prefer Windows or Mac OS, you should try Kubuntu or Ubuntu respectively. I don't have much use for Xubuntu, because it lacks certain key features and I generally don't like XFCE (Xubuntu's window manager) anyway.

    You won't even really need a manual, just use www.ubuntuforums.org.
     
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    I was considering a Buntu or Fedora 7.

    Also, the book I was looking for wasn't really one for that OS but more on how to use the command line stuff.

    Deusexaethera, I knew you would be one of the first to respond. Your in every thread I have lurked though.
     
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    Ubuntu gets my vote.
     
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    just don't listen to deuse... xfce is a great window manager, and is functionally-comparable to kde or gnome.
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    Ubuntu for a beginner for sure. If you like more graphically appealing operating systems, try out Kubuntu
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    I'm emerging xfce right now on my new Gentoo install. I can't wait to try it out. Although, I might install fluxbox as well
     
  9. Xaint

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    Then what do you reccomend? I'm a total Linux noob so I want whatever would be best to learn from.

    What makes xfce better in you opinion and what makes it worse than others to some people?
     
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    Someone on aim just reccomended Mepis. I hadn't heard of that one.
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    For a complete noob distro, just install Ubuntu. It's an easy install, you'll have Gnome up and running with out any configuration, and you can immediately start messing around with things
     
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    Alright, I'll go with that for now. Does it have an easy partitioning? My Hard Drive is brand new so I have XP stock programs and Opera.

    The only reason I would consider Mepis is this. http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=mepislinux&p=r&page=2

    40 video tutorial, pretty sure I would have everything I would need.
     
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    For a first Linux install I strongly recommend Ubuntu. It has a great community to help support, it's easy to set up and will give you a foundation on Linux with the best support of a distro.
     
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    Downloading right now, thanks people.
     
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    it looks good, as all the necessary functions, even has some alpha-blending goodness, and its the lightest on resources of the major window managers
     
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    There is a bootloader and will assist in formatting a drive. Be careful when you format though....

    Also it's a Live CD so you can play with it off the CD, it won't be as fast until it's installed though. Feel free to check it out off the Live CD. You'll have internet access and a bunch of Linux applications already on there for you to play around with.
     
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    :ugh:?
     
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    You asked if it has partitioning. Yes it can partition your drives and I believe it uses GRUB to choose between your Linus and Windows installs.
     
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    Ubuntu. Avoid Fedora for an intro.
     
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    Glad it uses GRUB. :wiggle:
     
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    Being able to install from the Live CD is a brilliant move. Nothing makes installing easier than a good user interface combined with the ability to go online and search for help if you get stuck.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Oh god, don't do that to yourself. Fedora is fucking terrible.

    Another vote for Ubuntu.
     
  23. deusexaethera

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    If that were the case, then KDE wouldn't run faster and smoother than XFCE on my old 300MHz Pentium-II laptop. And yet, it does run faster and smoother.
     
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    you really are dumb. XFCE has been the UNDISPUTED champion for lightweight and minimal resource usage. You are the first person to even hint to the contrary.

    Likewise, KDE is the generally-accepted bloated resource-hog.
     
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    That's what I have heard but it isn't really an issue at the moment.

    There is a problem though, my computer is the first that wont let me install Ubuntu. I mean I should be able to but when I press the start/install button on the top (right when I boot up the computer with the disk) I get some error that has to do with the visuals. I'll get a picture in a sec.
     

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