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Thread: which is the best version for Linux?

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    Unhappy which is the best version for Linux?

    dear friends,
    at present iam having Win98 operating system on my PC. but now i want to load Linux operating system on my PC. i want to know more about LINUX Operating System.

    so my question is -

    1) what are different versions of Linux?

    2) which is the best to install on my PC and why?
    please help me.
    if a person wants to learn.... he can learn anything..... just anything....!!!!!!

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    Well for someone new to Linux I recommend that you go with a dual boot system. That way you still have your Windows to use untill you become comfortable with Linux.

    As far as distro's go. The best ones for noobs are (IMO) Suse, Mandrake, and RedHat. My personal recomendation for someone new is Mandrake 8.1. It is very user freindly to new users comming over from Windows. Plus the install is very easy compared to other versions. It may not have the same core appeal as Suse and RedHat. But for a newbie to Linux it's great. Just give it a look and decide for yourself.

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    It depends what you want to do. What you plan to learn or get from it and how much you know about it already.
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    I think RedHat would be a good option for a newbie(with dual boot).


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    Well, if your want to know more about Linux, it is not the best idea to start using such nice graphical interface like that one in Linux Mandrake 8.1, the best way to learn linux is to study more about Linux (UNIX) console commands. So Slackware Linux is also good.

    You can download the Linux of your choice from (almost a complete list of Linux OSes available for free downloading)


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    I have just resently done my first dual boot, i typed out a small little post about some of the things i learnt in it is a link to 2 sites, one is all about dual booting, heres the link to the thread

    Personly i suggest Suse 7.3 professional its what i used. If you buy it in its box you get the CDs with a load of software on it and a load of book to read though with how to use linux as well. Having said that ther are loads of places on the net also to get linux information as well.


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    Personally, for a newbie to Linux, I'd recommend finding whichever distribution someone else you know well has. That way, you can call them up for help if you need it--and potentially, they could install it for you. Naturally, it's a good thing to have a local Linux guru. Just be sure to treat them nicely, and bribe them liberally with cookies. Chocolate chip works well.........*wink*
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    For new Linux users, Mandrake every time - It's so easy to install and configure you'll be able to get straight into using it instead of having to always sort out little problems with the install / config...

    If you get mandrake 7.1 or later, boot from the CD (there should be an option in your BIOS to do this) and just select Automatic install when asked... it'll repartition your windows drive for ya, install everything, set it all up, you'll hardly have to do anything... Then you just have to boot into it (hit enter at a restart prompt, usually) and thats it - it works.

    After trying out Mandrake, try RedHat for something more challenging and serviceable, or SuSE. Mandrake is good for getting to know, but if you want to run it as an industrial strength server, RedHat is the best option to go for.

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    Buy SuSE 7.3, it comes with all the documentation you need.
    Or get Mandrake, that is if you wanna do the install the quick and easy way.

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    i'm a C developer that comes from windows, i use madrake, it's very simple to install, user friendly, good to begin, and it is compatibile with redhat rpm standard, this ensure the easiest way to install new software on your system, if you don't know how to compile source. excuse my poor english...

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