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Help me choose a flavor of Linux!

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by {Ghetto_Ghepetto}, Apr 11, 2005.

  1. {Ghetto_Ghepetto}

    {Ghetto_Ghepetto} I am #1 Asian big boob queen!

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    Hey guys.

    I took a Unix class last quarter and was looking into partitioning part of my HD on my 2nd computer to one of the many flavors of Linux. I've messed around with Knoppix/PHLAK previously, which is just a Live CD version of Debian, but not nearly enough to get the whole Linux experience. Considering I don't know much about the different distros of Linux can anyone help me out choosing one? I plan on running some sort of Half-Life or HL2 gaming server from it (I am on a very fast T1 at a university) All in all, which distro would be best for a new Linux user, that has some Unix (command prompt/terminal) experience and someone who wants to run a server from it?

    Also, would I need to be scared of virii with Linux being on this university network?

    Specs:
    AMD Athlon XP 2600+
    1 gig ram
    80 GB HD
    Geforce FX 5950 Ultra
    52X CD-RW (LiteOn)
     
  2. PadreScout

    PadreScout New Member

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    ubuntu is a nice flavor for newbs. Also has some great security stuff set in, for instance, automatically disabling root and giving you the user a fresh account with superuser. Its not too bad. Unluss you wanna get hardcore and try out gentoo.

    hot machine though. Kinda a waste to throw linux on it.
     
  3. Crowze

    Crowze Bird Brain

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    For starters I reccommend Mandrake (whatever the latest stable version is). It's very similar to Red Hat/Fedora, but with more easy-to-use configuration apps if you don't feel like tinkering under the hood just yet :).
     
  4. Harrm

    Harrm I am watching porns.

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    Phlack.

    --Harrm
     
  5. geogob

    geogob Koohii o nomimasu ka?

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    Mandrake for starters
    Gentoo for nuts
    Debian for hardcores
    Knoppix for triers and crashers.
     
  6. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge New Member

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    Mandrake is bloated crap ... almost as bad as Windows now days.


    Ubuntu is the way to go ... easy for a newbie to use, but Debian based so you won't "grow out" of it any time soon.
     
  7. Crowze

    Crowze Bird Brain

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    How so? You can choose what you want to install or not install, unlike Windows.
     
  8. {Ghetto_Ghepetto}

    {Ghetto_Ghepetto} I am #1 Asian big boob queen!

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    Now now, lets not get into a war over Windows and Linux. Well, PadreScout, the reason why I wanted to test out Linux on this comp is because I already have a better one that can handle Doom3, HL2, Far Cry, etc (AMD64 939 pin and PCI-X, etc), so my 2nd computer pretty much sits there doing nothing on a very fast internet connection. I tried running some HL2 and HL servers, and at one point just one server from Windows XP Pro, but I was getting major FPS losses for some reason.

    Last night I've looked into some different distros and even tried Debian, but failed at getting it configured correctly, as their site is not very good with tutorials/manuals (lol, I guess I should have waited to see what you guys had to say, and Debian was the wrong way to go to start).

    Based on what you guys have said, I should look into either Mandrake or Ubuntu (don't I have to buy Mandrake these days? I don't think they have a free distro anymore). So, what are the differences and advantages of each, and which do you think suites me best? It would be great if you guys could help me on this because #linux irc channels on all networks aren't very helpful and are very hostile towards new users like me.
     
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  9. Keganator

    Keganator White as Snow Moderator

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    I use gentoo. 'nuff said.
     
  10. Freon

    Freon Braaaaiinss...

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    Mandrake is available for free, they're just advertising their "premium" version more on the site. Here is the free 3 CD version:
    http://www.mandrivalinux.com/en/ftp.php3

    As everybody said in this thread, Mandrake is very newbie-friendly. You can do everything, from hardware confirugration to software installation with Wizzards. You could do without the command line in fact (even though most of the config tools work in text mode as well :D).

    Unbuntu has been getting all the hype lately, which means you'll find lots of tutorials and packages for it (most software writers ignore Mandrake, but you can use Redhat/Fedora packages usually).

    [edit]for those who care, I use Mandrake at work (our admin is a fanboi) and slackware at home[/edit]
     
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  11. BobTheFearlessFish

    BobTheFearlessFish New Member

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    i like fedora.
     
  12. PadreScout

    PadreScout New Member

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    You might find this site very useful in finding and selecting a distro suitable for you. distrowatch

    Click the major distributions button at top and they give the pros and cons of the top 10 or so distros. hope it helps.
     
  13. Ravenwing

    Ravenwing Or CorvusCorax as he's now known

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    Ubuntu if you like Gnome, Mandrake/Kubuntu if you like KDE.

    Gentoo if you like pain ;)

    Disclaimer: I use Gentoo
     
  14. Freon

    Freon Braaaaiinss...

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    Gnome is the default choice for Mandrake*. The config tools are using Gtk too.

    [edit]uh, actually, that was because I didn't install KDE the last time I installed Mandrake :p[/edit]
     
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  15. Ravenwing

    Ravenwing Or CorvusCorax as he's now known

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    Heh it must have changed a bit since I last used it then (9.2 I think) since one of the reasons I prefered it over RedHat et al was the KDE focus! :D
     
  16. fist_mlrs

    fist_mlrs that other guy

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    im quite happy with suse, offers all i need plus a installation easy enough for me to give my dvd to friends without having to feer beeing asked to aid them with it. my dog could install it :tup:
     
  17. unixman

    unixman [pthread] The Clan of One

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    Linux loosers!
     
  18. unixman

    unixman [pthread] The Clan of One

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    Also, it's GNU/Linux you uncanonical bastards.
     
  19. Kibbles-N-Bits

    Kibbles-N-Bits New Member

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    Recommending Ubuntu or Fedora Core 3. I've not had difficulty setting up and using either, and I hate most distros.
     

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