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Old 03-28-2006, 12:47 AM   #1
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Default Considering a big decision...

This is something I've been considering for years, but has always seemed too daunting. But looking at the software I'm currently using (mostly open source, multi-platform, simple/ancient or easily replacable), the fact that I'm not a big PC gamer and my absolute hatred for Microsoft, it seems like a better choice than ever.

I want to switch to Linux.

The big problem with this is that I've never used it in my life. I've never even used a Mac. All the PCs I've ever touched had some sort of Microsoft OS installed on it.

So what I really want are recommendations for what sort of Linux distribution I should be considering. I've used Windows for years, I generally use one of my consoles if I want to play a video game, and I have no experience whatsoever with computer programming.

My fate is in your hands.
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Old 03-28-2006, 12:55 AM   #2
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Default Re: Considering a big decision...

Same here. I was thinking of starting from scratch. Download and install what I need. First the kernel then later everything else. Just to learn the insides and out again. So if it (me<img src=smilies/magbiggrin.gif>) fucks up I know how to fix it. I was told slackware is the way to go.
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Old 03-28-2006, 01:25 AM   #3
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Default Re: Considering a big decision...

> The big problem with this is that I've never used it in my
> life.

If you're just looking to ditch Windows, give http://www.ubuntu.com/Ubuntu</a> a try. It does most, if not all, of the hard stuff automatically.

If you want to use it as some sort of learning experience, I don't really know what to recommend.
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Old 03-28-2006, 01:50 AM   #4
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Try a Mac. It beats the pants off of any linux distro, and it has better software support.

But if you must use Linux, Ubuntu is very nice. I prefer Kbuntu more, tho'
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Old 03-28-2006, 02:13 AM   #5
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Default Re: Considering a big decision...

I also recommend Ubuntu, but might also recommend http://www.elivecd.org/elive</a> as a flashy, nicely preconfigured option as well.
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Old 03-28-2006, 02:29 AM   #6
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Thread hijack--

If I connect to the internet via a dialup modem, which is the best Linux distro?

I installed unbuntu and found absolutely no options for something like this.
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Old 03-28-2006, 03:10 AM   #7
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for a beginning desktop system, fedora or ubuntu (which i don't really care for) works
that being said, i'm married to slackware
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Old 03-28-2006, 03:13 AM   #8
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> that being said, i'm married to slackware

I switched from Ubuntu to Slackware and I like it a lot better. Really, though, I think I just hate Gnome and really like Fluxbox.
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Old 03-28-2006, 03:37 AM   #9
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Default Re: Considering a big decision...

Most suggestions seem to be for Ubuntu, so I'm downloading a rather fast torrent of the ISO right now (I knew that DVD rewriter would come in handy someday!). Not sure if I'll stick with it, but it's free, so I really have nothing to lose.

I've also set a timetable for this:

End of March: Have Ubuntu up and running.
End of April: Have Ubuntu working well enough for serious usage. Hopefully figure out a way of getting my ADSL line to work with it.
End of 2006: Be using Ubuntu (or whatever Linux distro I end up on) exclusively. Finally exorcise Microsoft from my PC.
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Old 03-28-2006, 03:48 AM   #10
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Get the live CD first and play around with it. That way you can see what you like and don't like about it before you actually commit to an install.
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