View Full Version : What version of Linux?

10-29-2006, 11:02 AM
I have recently decided that I want to learn how to use Linux, so I am going to duel boot with XP. Here is my dilemma, I don't know very much about Linux and all the different versions so I was wondering if people could post the versions they have used in the past or are using now; maybe give some strengths too. Thanks in advance.

10-29-2006, 11:15 AM
I've dipped into Linux a few times. I've used Ubuntu and SUSE Desktop 10. I like Ubuntu better because the SUSE install took quite a while, as opposed to Ubuntu's quick and easy install. The only difference I've noticed between them was that SUSE had support for xgl/compiz which, to my understanding, is what you allows you to do things like this: http://art.gnome.org/preview.php?image=screenshots/gnome214/CompizCubeEffect.png
but in fact, I recently found out that Ubuntu has support for this too, so I suggest Ubuntu. I have an OLD PC in my basement that I wanted to use only for listening to music and occasional web browsing, and Ubuntu is perfect for that. After a little researching, I found out that using Automatix. (http://getautomatix.com/wiki/index.php?title=Installation#Installing_with_Apt)
Lifehacker.com also has a nice selection of tips and tricks for Ubuntu, which can be found here. (http://www.lifehacker.com/search/ubuntu)
Ubuntu: http://www.ubuntu.com/

10-29-2006, 11:31 AM
cube = ****ing ownage

SUSE runs on my 64mb pentium2 laptop.

10-29-2006, 11:34 AM
here is an octagon instead of a cube. so cool.
this ****'s neat too.

10-29-2006, 11:57 AM
I just like Debian.

I had a LAMP on a 32Mbit RAM + Cyrix processor and it ran incredibly well.

LAMP = Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP

10-29-2006, 01:25 PM
I used Debian for a while on my crappy PC. Pretty easy to install and use.

10-29-2006, 03:21 PM
Well I'm also a complete noob when it comes to Linux since I've only used Windows or Mac OS ever. So are these distributions relatively easy to install/run?

10-29-2006, 03:24 PM
If not, I'm sure your superior intellect will give you the gift of being able to figure things out.

10-29-2006, 07:30 PM
Yes, they are. Ubuntu is actually capable of being run as an operating system off of the bootable CD, to give you a preview of it before you install. Obviously you can't make any changes to it, but if you decide you like it, you can install right then and there. Seriously, the GUI of Linux is now so user-friendly, my father was able to figure the basics of it out, and he even has trouble using Windows.

10-29-2006, 07:43 PM
I just finished downloading 6.10. It's the newest version so not many people have used it yet so there probably aren't too many FAQ's on it yet; but I don't feel like downloading another 600 megs.

11-01-2006, 01:49 PM
Fedora Core 6, one of the latest and greatest.

11-01-2006, 03:08 PM
ubuntu all the way man

ive tried many other distros (debian was good, mandrake sucked, fedora core similar but i think ubuntu is simplier, gentoo was too much of a pain in the ass) ubuntu rules 6.06 is probably the best one to get into as a newb, 6.10 just came out though and it has some sweet new software

11-01-2006, 03:12 PM
If you don't go with Fedora, Ubuntu is the net best IMO.

11-02-2006, 10:11 PM
I use SuSE Linux 10.0 becouse it seems to work for my sata hard drive but with 10.1 im having trobles with activation key lol, but i still seem to like it

11-02-2006, 10:44 PM
I am now posting using my Ubuntu os. It took me a long time to install (I ended up formatting instead of partitioning), and then me be the a complete programing and Linux newb I had to figure out the most basic commands and stuff. So far I am impressed by speed, especially download speed on BT and DC++, but am a little put off by the difficulty I am having in compiling and installing new programs.

I seem to have all the libs necessary, but when I go to execute what I just installed I can't. Whatever, I guess I'll just come back in a while and re-attack the problem.

11-02-2006, 10:45 PM
Edit: Double post.

11-03-2006, 05:01 AM
Did you take a look into AutoMatix? It does a lot of installing cool little programs for you.

11-03-2006, 05:03 AM
No, but I will now.

11-03-2006, 12:11 PM
also always install apps from the package managers if its available in there, that will make sure you have all the dependancies usually

11-03-2006, 01:31 PM
So far many the programs I've installed told me to run "./configure" to check and see if all the depends are there.

11-03-2006, 07:59 PM
if your installing from synaptic or something, you dont have to worry about running any scripts

always check synaptic first

11-04-2006, 09:29 AM
Ya, but Synaptic and the Add/Remove programs don't have many programs, so I need to do it the hard way.

11-04-2006, 09:59 AM
So far nothing for compiling has been good at all, really, for me. AutoMatix is really good, and you should go download it!