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 Post subject: Linux Distro for a newbie
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:20 pm 
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I am new to this whole linux OS. What is a good distro that i should start on. I see alot for Ubuntu or Redhat. I want to try and learn to use it. It seems it has great flexibility and pretty powerful. I dont feel like building another PC for Linux. I was thinking of getting a laptop just for linux, no dual-boot (at least not yet anyway).

Can you guys give any suggestions as to which OS and i know dell has a laptop that comes with Ubuntu. But is there anything else out there like a barebones system that i could make. I like very light beacuse i travel alot.

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 Post subject: Re: Linux Distro for a newbie
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:12 pm 
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There are a few barebone laptop offerings (I think clevo sells some), but you'll probably be best off buying a pre-built laptop rather than a barebones one.

One of the good things, and bad things, about Linux is there are a lot of distros, so if you don't like one, there are many more you can try. That being said, Ubuntu and CentOS (a free distro based off of Red Hat) are good places to start from.

If you just want to try out linux, without dual booting, you can try out a live disk, or install a distro in a virtual machine. A live disk runs entirely off of a CD and makes no permanent changes to your computer. Most distros, including Ubuntu, have live disks. For the virtual machine option, you can install a distro in a virtual machine, such as virtualbox or vmware, or you can install wubi, which is an Ubuntu install pre-installed in a virtual machine.


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 Post subject: Re: Linux Distro for a newbie
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:52 pm 
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do people who use Linux usually prefer it over Windows. Not that i will ever be anti-windows but do users feel they get more a Linux OS then Windows. I know there are pros and cons to both sides. But should i just do a dual-boot system?


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 Post subject: Re: Linux Distro for a newbie
PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:31 am 
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I prefer Windows 7 over Linux. I have used more than a handful of different distributions of Linux over different machines and environments. In the end, for me, a lot of the extra hoops you sometimes have to go through with Linux isn't worth the effort. I make my living in a Windows world so I stick with that at home too.

mag, I don't think the OP meant an actual build your own barebones kind of thing.

OP: Have you considered a netbook? They are pretty cheap and will run Linux without a problem. They are small and light, perfect for traveling.


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 Post subject: Re: Linux Distro for a newbie
PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:12 am 
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well i did kinda of mean build from a barebone, there was a company (maybe lenovo) that came out, they offered a laptop barebone thing where you added just a few parts.

But i figured just going with a pre-built/pre-loaded. Dell offers like a 10' with Ubuntu. And i have noticed some Acer Timeline X. I rather go with a Acer then the Dell.
But maybe i am better off going with a Win 7 laptop and doing a dual boot system.


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 Post subject: Re: Linux Distro for a newbie
PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:40 am 
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tony2tonez wrote:
well i did kinda of mean build from a barebone, there was a company (maybe lenovo) that came out, they offered a laptop barebone thing where you added just a few parts.
Zero benefit in a laptop, don't bother. Maybe with upgraded memory... but that is it.

tony2tonez wrote:
But i figured just going with a pre-built/pre-loaded. Dell offers like a 10' with Ubuntu. And i have noticed some Acer Timeline X. I rather go with a Acer then the Dell.
But maybe i am better off going with a Win 7 laptop and doing a dual boot system.
You are going to get Windows anyway on most new laptops. It is basically "free" so why not? What is wrong with Dell? I have used their products for years and have had no issues.


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 Post subject: Re: Linux Distro for a newbie
PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:12 am 
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Just my 2 cents, but it sounds like you're question is more along the lines of "what works well out of the book" and without knowing the full hardware of the machine that's difficult to say.

That's not to say one distro is better then another, although some may integrate supportability of a device better then another. An example of what I'm talking about is video cards. Ubuntu handles this pretty well I use OpenSuSE and without relying on a repository, that doesn't handle it well...


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 Post subject: Re: Linux Distro for a newbie
PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:03 pm 
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Windows is far more useful for most people. It has productivity software with which they are familiar (MS Office) and it can game.

Linux, on the other hand, is free and infinitely customizable. If you're doing any kind of non-Windows (and non-Apple) programming, or just want a cheap solution for web surfing, Linux is a good choice.

If 'free' isn't important to you, there are few non-geek reasons to prefer linux to windows these days. MS has finally released an OS that works (Win7) and the world, sadly, does seem to revolve around Redmond.


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 Post subject: Re: Linux Distro for a newbie
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:02 am 
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You guys made some great points. I just wanted to learn Linux just a reference to expand my IT knowledge. Just from reading other forums and articles, people use it for that extra 'something' they cant get from windows or mac.

I have used Dell products before and never had issues. I just wanted to try something different. I got my mom a Acer for Xmas and i used it a couple of times and its great.


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 Post subject: Re: Linux Distro for a newbie
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:06 am 
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I'm no guru but I started with Ubuntu in a dual boot on my 2000 Compac desktop and a few months ago the original HDD died. I had popped a second HDD onto the IDE ribbon cable an have been slowly learning for the past couple of years. When the old one died I lost my XP-Home but I had already transferred everything over as far as important files and folders like pictures and stuff. I guess I am saying do not be afraid to dual boot, you turn your system on and get a window that lets you choose which OS you want to work in, Ubuntu Desktop is set up to let you choose at installation time. Good Luck 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:52 am 
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 Post subject: Linux Distro for a newbie
PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:49 pm 
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well i was stupid enough to post anouther thread for this in the computing section, i guess that can be deleted now

I use Debian, i was going to use Kubuntu but decided not to, as i didnt like it although all commands are the same Bit ironic really, talking about using linux when im posting this in windblows :S

Anyway, Linux for ever etc


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