I'm firing windows...but which Linux to use?

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Hi;
I've threatened long enough and now I'm going to do it. I went on Ebay to find a replacement for W2k Pro and XP Pro and there must be at least a half dozen versions of Linux- can someone recommend one?
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Head over to distrowatch.org and read up on the various distros. A good place to download your distro of choice is linuxiso.org. Most distros are freely downloadable from linuxiso.org.

Mandriva and Xandros are good intro distros. I currenty use Fedora Core 4 and love it.
 
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Don't go to ebay either, unless it's directly from the maker of the distro don't buy it. Almost every distro is free, although most can be shipped on a cd to you if you want.
 

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Big-K....wasn't until I got to distrowatch that I realized most of these programs are n/c- pretty neat- thanks
 
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Mandrake (Mandriva) 2005 is about as user-friendly for new users as they come. The majority of it can be downloaded free, and the update service is not too expensive, either.

http://www.mandriva.com/
 
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I will suggest Mandrake. Or if you are a GNU fan, go for Debian. Fedora Core is usually very heavy on system resources
 
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I won't get into a pissing contest about which distro is better, but the last post is nothing more than false. It might appear that way because the use of Gnome , if that were the case then use KDE. I don't buy for a minute that Fedora is any more resource hungry then another Redhat Based distro. I do, however, agree that Mandriva is a very user friendly distro.
 
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linuxphile said:
I won't get into a pissing contest about which distro is better, but the last post is nothing more than false. It might appear that way because the use of Gnome , if that were the case then use KDE. I don't buy for a minute that Fedora is any more resource hungry then another Redhat Based distro. I do, however, agree that Mandriva is a very user friendly distro.
I would suggest you try out PCQ Linux 2005 which is based on Fedora Core 3 and feel the difference. http://www.pcquest.com Although its based on FC, their customisation is pretty good.

And yes, I have been using KDE only. I agree that FC is one of the most popular distro but there are other ones catching up fast.

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PS : I don't claim I am an expert on Linux (or any other tech related topic), but I do have access to some experts. Their knowledge is pretty good and I would trust their judgement. This is what I have been told and consequently experienced :rolleyes:
 
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If you want to get a feel for Linux, try Knoppix or Mepis. Both these are live CD distributions based on Debian using a KDE desktop. The configurations are different though and its all a matter of preference. I know of several people using Ubuntu, a Debian distribution with a Gnome desktop. They swear by it. Stable, secure, regular updates. Just something to think about. Ubuntu is not a live CD but an install so you can't try it out first.
 
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If your a linux n00b just download and install College Linux... Far the most simple free version. If your looking to spend money, get linspire.
 
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