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Whats the best Linux download available

Discussion in 'Linux Compatibility and Software' started by toolmaster, Oct 11, 2006.

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  1. toolmaster

    toolmaster Notebook Consultant

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    I am interested in trying out the lunix operating system however, when I began looking around I was amazed to see how many downloads are available. does any one have an opinion on whats the best lunix operating system around.
     
  2. magicstasis

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    It's linux first off, and it all depends on what you want to do. I don't have much linux experience but have used Ubuntu before, which seems to be the best recommendation for those just starting out.

    http://www.ubuntu.com/
     
  3. toolmaster

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    sorry my spelling has never been the best.(working on it though) I am looking for a operrating system that can run without to much work but, as I get more acustomed to it I could become more involved. esentualy somthing to get my feet wet, without destroying my computer.
     
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    I second the recommendation for Ubuntu, but if you are coming from the Windows world, you may be happiest with the Kubuntu version. This is what I use, despite having more than twelve years of experience (and a kernel contribution), so it's certainly good enough for experienced users as well. http://kubuntu.org/

    There'll be a new version of Kubuntu out later this month. What I recommend, though, is starting with Kubuntu 6.06.1 LTS. The LTS stands for "long-term support" and is a good place to start. Some computers, particularly those with cutting-edge chipsets, have problems with 6.06, though. If you can't get it to install or if it installs but then refuses to boot, check out 6.10 once that is released. This has better support for more cutting-edge hardware.

    Whichever distribution you choose, MAKE SURE YOU BACK UP YOUR ESSENTIAL WINDOWS FILES before you try installing. I haven't had a Linux install hose my Windows partition unless I went out of my way to screw things up but this is always a possibility.
     
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    LIVEFRMNYC Blah Blah Blah!!!

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    I curently use Ubuntu as my Linux OS, but Looking at the Photos of Kubuntu BETA, I might end up installing that over Ubuntu.
     
  6. toolmaster

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    I am looking at geting a Asus w3j or a dell XPS M1210, do you think that Kubuntu 6.06.1 LTS would run on them or would i have to wait for 6.10 version
     
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    Pitabred Linux geek con rat flail!

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    sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop.

    You don't need to install it over Ubuntu. You can have both on the same machine.
     
  9. toolmaster

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    I agree that Ubtunu is a good way to go. If you would like to try linux and see what it is like try a Live-cd version of Ubuntu or Knoppix. These can run off of a CD and do not install on your system unless you wish to install it. Live versions will run slow and files must be savedto floppy not the disk drive. They are a good way to get your feet wet without messing up your system. I am currently running a tri boot on my laptop of XP media center, Vista and Ubtuntu 6.06 "Drapper Drake"
     
  11. Lysander

    Lysander AFK, raid time.

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    No one linux distribution is "best". The reason there are so many is so you can find the one that is closest to perfect for you.

    That said, I'm using Ubuntu at the moment, purely because of the userbase. If I have an issue, wiki.ubuntu.com or ubuntuforums.org usually has an answer.
     
  12. yamla

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    Hear hear.
     
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    I think that security and customizability are the two big things. Also, not having to deal with some big company is nice (nobody is no forcing Windows Genuine Advantage Notification or the like on you).

    The downsides are that you may well have to do a little configuring by hand to get all of your hardware working. Also, some programs which you were used to having on Windows aren't available for Linux, though there is usually something similar available. Linux is just different than Windows and it will take some getting used to.

    Personally I recommend Mandriva over Ubuntu. My experience with Ubuntu has always been that if something doesn't work, you have to fix it at the command line. The GUIs, like Apple's, aren't all that deep. I'm okay with that, but it's not as newbie friendly as it could be. Also, Mandriva just released a new version last week so it'll have more recent versions of all the included software.

    The best thing, though, is to do like other people suggested and try Live-CDs. You can try several different versions of Linux that way without committing to any one version.
     
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    Would you say that linux is closer to mac osx than windows,

    Thanks for all of the resonses
     
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    Yes, very much so. However, OS X is more polished.
     
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    is it posible to get linux to the refinement of mac osx
     
  17. yamla

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    If you want the spit and polish of OSX, you really should go with OSX. However, http://www.taimila.com/ubuntuosx.php gives you some pointers on how to make Ubuntu more like OSX.
     
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    I like the idea of being able to costumize the software. OSX is availiable on macs only, as far as i know and in my opinion macs are over priced slow and, i hate to say it, but just a little to feminin for me. just curious though is the osx so polished because it has been developed for the last 20 years or because mac has tons of engineers trying to make it that way for consumers?
    Also I do in general try and make my projects look perfect so making it look polished is ok with me.
     
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  20. toolmaster

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    how do all of the available linux softwares differe. is it posible to catagorize them so less expiriencd users can understand differences between the systems?
     
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