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#1 Posted on 14.3.02 1621.10
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does anyone use Linux? I'm asking b/c I'm seriously thinking of giving it a try. Which Linux distributions is the best for a newbie to try? I'm think of trying Mandrake as it's user friendly.
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#2 Posted on 14.3.02 1723.26
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This is probably a more difficult question to ask than "What kind of beer should I drink?" and likely to cause about as heated of a discussion.

Me, I prefer Debian.
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#3 Posted on 15.3.02 0839.12
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That's a great way to put it Guru.

I've used SuSe and Caldera.
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#4 Posted on 15.3.02 1035.29
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I also prefer to use Debian. I have heard Mandrake is good for beginners. I started with Redhat and then progressed to Debian.
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#5 Posted on 15.3.02 1656.41
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Is RedHat any good?
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#6 Posted on 15.3.02 2047.17
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GuruZim says Debian, but his avatar says Slack...
Either one is a good choice. Debian is easily the best maintained tree around when it comes to Linux distros. I prefer Slack's more BSD-ish feel, myself.

I tend to avoid RedHat, et al. True, they make some things, such as installation, easier, but in many ways I believe they can make it more difficult to learn how the system actually works; this, to me, is more than half the point.

Anyways, as always, YMMV.
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#7 Posted on 15.3.02 2343.46
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    Originally posted by tarnish

    GuruZim says Debian, but his avatar says Slack...



I stole my avatar from the Church o' Bob...
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#8 Posted on 16.3.02 0208.45
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I've found a LUG in my town, so I'll head over to their messageboard.

Unless CRZ wants me to use ONLY his board? Just kidding!
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#9 Posted on 19.3.02 0115.58
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Depends on what you want. If you want something that will hold your hand and insulate you from technical details, then go for Mandrake I guess. I've never used it, but it's got a newbie-friendly reputation.

If, on the other hand, you want a cruel mistress who will force you to learn things on your own through a trial by fire, emerging as the master of your Linux domain, then go for Slackware. That's what I did (am doing). It's been an arduous journey but worth every moment.
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