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    does anyone have linux or one of the many versions? which is the best one that wont mess up my system when i already have XP home in it?
    Ive tried Red Hat 9 and played the Live disk of Ubuntu.

    any help would be nice.

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    Allow me to welcome you to the world of linux. And let me point you to this site...

    http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/

    This will help you deturmine what distrobution to try. I use Fedora myself, which I recommend due to it is one of the distros that has a lot of programs pre-compiled in RPM format available for it (others like SUSE and Debian do too). There are a lot of things to learn about Linux. The learning curve could be great or small. You may have to install a lot of codecs, or very few. You will probably have to go through a lot to get your video card accelerated (if you have an ATI or NVIDIA card). I recommend LinuxQuestions.org if you have problems.

    Good luck. Need more advice let me know.
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    Thanks for the link and thanks to the original poster for asking for something like this.

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    i've taken the test and the result was the ubuntu ^^ ... just what i intended to install

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    mine was xandros
    ubuntu was on the other three. (i already have a disk of it though)

    is there a good place for linux programs on the net?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gvaz
    mine was xandros
    ubuntu was on the other three. (i already have a disk of it though)

    is there a good place for linux programs on the net?
    Depends on what you mean for getting the programs. If you just want the programs source, they are all over the place. If you want programs that are ready to go and just be installed (with dependencies resolved by apt-get or yum, depending on what you go with), well then you have to find repositories for the distro you choose.

    To make this a bit clearer, quick technical explination. Linux is just like a Unix system, meaning that it uses a 'lego' method of running. This bassically means that programs are written to do one thing, and do it well. So, if you download a program, this program may not be fully functional by itself. Instead of writing code to do a nessisary task for their program, the programmers will call out for the program that is already written to do that task. This is what we call dependencies. For example, downloading and installing a game that was written with Allegro (http://games.linux.sk/index.php?action=lib&id=1) will just require you to have the Allegro library (usually if not always I think, may not be the best example).

    So, as you said you were looking at Xandros (which seems to use apt-get), you can download programs source code and compile it yourself (and resolve any dependencies yourself, which is a pain), or you use apt-get to download/install .deb (I think) files that will automatically resolve the dependencies and install the software for you.

    This is where software repositories comes in. Xandros should have apt-get pre-configured to look at some Xandros software repos (repositories). This way you should be able to call on apt-get to DL software and resolve the dependencies. If you see an apt package on any old site that you want to install, you can tell apt-get to install the program, and it will use the repos to resolve dependencies. You may have to add extra repos. Here is some that I found on a quick search...

    http://www.archlug.org/apt/

    I think that this should be a good description. I use YUM for the same type of thing as apt-get (YUM does RPMs in my Fedora install), and I kind of inserted some of my knowledge on how that works into my description of apt-get, as I think they run very simallarly. A quick search will give you all the info you want, and more.

    Hope this makes some sense. I think I may have confused myself some.

    *EDIT*
    Changed .apt files to .deb files for using apt-get. Still not real sure on this, but looking at Inkscape's site made it look like .deb was apt's file type of choice. Hrm... looks like Xandros is one of the many Debian based distros then.
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    *slaps Volvogga with a College degree in Linux*

    thanks for that info! some i already knew from reading and asking my computer teacher, but mostly i didnt know about the rest.

    xandros has it? thats good. i thought the whole "download 10 files for one program" was kinda troublesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gvaz
    *slaps Volvogga with a College degree in Linux*
    Heh-heh. Thanks for that, although I think I would give myself "Noob of the Highest Order" at best. Maybe higher once I compile my first kernel. There is just so much cool stuff you can do with Linux and I haven't even scrached the surface yet.

    Let me know how things go. A lot of what I've learned comes from getting help with what problems I have, and observing and trying to help others with their problems (via Google). Your troubles are my education. Win-win.
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    does xandros have a live disk feature?
    for instance, you burn it to disk, and you restart the computer with the disk in, (boot from cd enabled) do you get a live feature like red hat 9?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gvaz
    does xandros have a live disk feature?
    for instance, you burn it to disk, and you restart the computer with the disk in, (boot from cd enabled) do you get a live feature like red hat 9?
    I don't know that answer. Just from looking at a few sites that keep a list of the LiveCD's, I'd say no. Xandros appears to be a distrobution that you must install. It's not like Knoppix or Slax where you can try it Live before installing it (I don't think anyway).

    Have you downloaded the ISO and installed it yet?

    If not.... I'm kind of going to lean towards advising against this particular distrobution. I won't tell you not to go with it, it is you machine after all. It is just that I ran accross this...

    http://www.xandros.com/products/desktop_matrix.html

    ...while looking for the answer to your question. As you can see, CD burning is limited and DVD buring is non-existant in the OPC version. I'm sure that there are probably work-arounds to this (haven't looked), but do you really want to deal with that?

    Personally, I'd try a different distrobution that was on your list. I hear good things about Ubuntu (don't think I spelled that right, too lazy to look it up), especially for new users. The only gripes about it is that it doesn't have a root user account (the system administrator), and that drives some people up the wall.

    Like I said, it's your machine. Not mine. Post which way you decide to go with this, and if you have any more questions. Banzii!

    *EDIT*

    Pulled this site out of the archive. Describes many of the major destros. From what I've heard (little here */.* little there *LQ*), he seems to be pretty honest and fair in a topic that just asks for a flame war. In fact, his disclaimer speaks of flames. Kind of a please don't hurt me thing. Gahhhh, I'm rambbeling. THE SITE:

    http://www.tipmonkies.com/2005/06/16...stros#more-183
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