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    curious about linux or unix

    Interested in getting into Linux or Unix. Can anybody recommend a decent flavor of linux? When I say decent I mean relatively easy, user friendly, smooth install, wide variety of software, gui, etc.

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    mandrake last I heard has the easiest learning curve to windows. check outlinuxiso.org for all your linux flavors.



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    Quote Originally Posted by phishhead
    mandrake last I heard has the easiest learning curve to windows. check outlinuxiso.org for all your linux flavors.
    I'd recommend Mandrake also as I have installed it and found it to be easy to install and setup, but also packed with features.

    I've heard great things recently about Fedora Core 2. Might be worth a go!

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    I am using Mandrake 10.1.
    Linux Mint Debian Edition

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    Quote Originally Posted by efc
    I am using Mandrake 10.1.
    What software suites do u use on it? Openoffice, mozilla, etc ? Are linux game versions hard to find?
    I have XP and I'm considering dual booting wid a Linux OS.

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    I'm agree. Linux Mandrake is best distro for a newbie.
    You can download it from here (three ISO CDs or one ISO DVD) using BitTorrent.

    Quote Originally Posted by tarun
    What software suites do u use on it? Openoffice, mozilla, etc ?
    Are linux game versions hard to find?
    There are thousands of good applications for Linux, except games
    Quote Originally Posted by tarun
    I have XP and I'm considering dual booting wid a Linux OS.
    You can set up a dual boot very easily during the Linux installation, but remember that Linux can access to NTFS partions only in read-mode so if you need to share files between the two OSs I suggest you to create another FAT32 partition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarun
    What software suites do u use on it? Openoffice, mozilla, etc ? Are linux game versions hard to find?
    I have XP and I'm considering dual booting wid a Linux OS.
    I don't want to overstate my use of linux. I am in the learning phase. I try to remember to boot to Linux one time in four. Most of those times, include learning something new. My setup is a separate computer for Linux. I have settled on the single OS so that it is an easy decision for me to re-format and start over

    Mandrake 10.1 installs programs to do most functions. Open Office is a rich program that covers Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Presentations and provides a Draw module. There are numerous other programs, including:

    Program Type Number of programs
    Publishing............................ 2
    Task Manager...................... 1
    Time Manager...................... 4
    Fax.................................... 2
    Phone ................................ 1
    PDA.................................... 3
    Address Manager................... 1
    Remote Access..................... 2
    Browsers.............................. 4 (I have added Firefox)
    Mail..................................... 3
    Instant Messenger.................. 1
    Video Confereencing................ 1
    File Xfer................................ 1
    Web editor............................. 3
    Sound................................... 6
    Video.................................... 2
    Graphics................................ 4
    Text Editors........................... 6
    Finance................................. 1
    Linux Mint Debian Edition

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    thanks guys. I guess ill put off that linux installation until my next holidays, and I'll use the time to educate myself summore...
    thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carloc
    remember that Linux can access to NTFS partions only in read-mode so if you need to share files between the two OSs I suggest you to create another FAT32 partition.
    u talking abt this particular distro (mandrake), or every distro ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarun
    u talking abt this particular distro (mandrake), or every distro ?
    I was talking about every distro because the FileSystem management is made by the Linux kernel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carloc
    There are thousands of good applications for Linux, except games
    I wish there was more support for games under linux. I swear I'd do away with my Windows system for good!

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    Hey dudes, thanks for all the great info. I'm definintely going to check out Mandrake. I heard from others that it's really good. I've also heard that redhat is good. Redhat could be worth looking into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dude5722
    I've also heard that redhat is good. Redhat could be worth looking into.
    RedHat is enterprise oriented. For "standard" user you should refer to Fedora Core, sponsored by RedHat.

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    I've tried redhat back in the version 6 days and let me tell you it was a bitch but with the new flavors could be easier now.



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    Both RedHat and Fedora have come along way. The open source development effort with Fedora is stronger than ever. Fedora is a good choice for a free linux if you've got some good hardware. They're starting to stray from the Pentium II series.

    Many thanks to egghead for the cool .sig

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