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    I am just getting into Linux and I would like to know what is the best distro for someone new to Linux. I also would like to know which is most powerful so I could try using that when I get more confortable with Linux. Thank you.

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    I congratulate you on taking the plunge into a more stable and free world of software.

    The reason that there are so many distros is that through coustomization, different distros can be better suited to the needs of the individual than others. For a noobie at linux, I would recommend Ubuntu, Manerva, SuSE, or (if you are already a bit advanced in computers in general and can pick things up quickly) Fedora Core.

    Here is a test to chose a distro.

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

    Take it and answer honestly. It will tell you what distro would be best suited for you. There are some flaws in the test (like saying Fedora, what I use, doesn't have KDE), but for the most part it is fantastic.

    As for what is the most powerful. That is a tough question to answer. Its not Linspire, Lindows, or Ubuntu I can tell you that. My two cents would put it at a toss up between Slackware, Gentoo (probably what I would settle on if I had to pick one), and Debian.

    This is a good question. I think I will write a little Preparing Yourself For Linux tutorial sometime in the next few weeks.

    Anyway, let me know what the test says and what you think you want to do. I can help if you want. Otherwise, sign up with Linuxquestions.org. You will need their help eventually (everyone does). That is a fantastic site with a lot of good info and good people on it.

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    There is also a "Linux From Scratch" kit around somewhere so that you can build your own stream lined distros that is specificly for your needs. That may be something advanced that you may want to try when you get better at it.

    Also, if you play games, try to make a dual boot system if you have the hd space. Save you a headache.
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    Just get Slax. It's small and gets the job done quickly.

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    Yes it does, but thats really not the best way to get into it, at least I don't think it is. Getting a full fleged distro as opposed to a live CD will allow you to see more of what Linux has to offer.

    My first install was a full blown install of Fedora Core. That way, even though I had programs that would do the same thing as another, I could at least figgure out what programs I liked and didn't.

    But, look up Slax anyway, and if you like the idea, go for it. It's not my computer.
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    From what I heard Slackware is hard to install. I don't know if I should use that to start out with. I am download Mandriva to try it out. I am doing a dual os boot by the way. I took the test and I got 11 results and they were all the basically the major distributions on distro watch. I have tried Fedora Core 4 and I didn't really like it. I also install SuSe 9.1 Personal on another pc and from what I can see it was pretty good. But most people say to go with Mandriva if you just starting out, do you guys think the same or no? I could try something else too. Just wondering. Is their anyway to install three or four distros fully and have them in the boot screen so I can mess with them for a couple weeks and determine which is best for me.

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    Mandrivia is an acomplished distro with a good folowing (formerly Mandrake). I'm sure you would be happy with it as a distro.

    I don't know if I would call Mandrivia a noobie distro, but if you wan't a much less involved Linux, then you can use, as I said before, Ubuntu. This distro gets rid of the root acount (you never use the root acount unless you are doing system maintenence by the way). For that, I don't recomend it if you are trying to learn and master Linux, but if you just want a system that is usable on a computer, then ubuntu is fine.
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    I've been hearing alot of good things about slackware on linux question's forum and I was just wondering if I should try it. I heard a lot of people say its hard to install, but if I am going to do linux I would like to use it to learn about the command line stuff and stuff like that.

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    For now, stick with installing Mandrake. You probably will end up working with the command line eventually, as a lot of the best system maintenence tools and such exist in the command line. I learned a lot of stuff by using Fedora, and that is by no means the most advanced distro.
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    Ok thanks for all the help I'll work on installing Mandrake/Mandriva

 

 

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