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Where to start

I want to switch my windows computer to Linux but have no idea where to even begin. I'm not a computer newb, but I am new to Linux. The machine I want to install it on is a pentium 4 3.06ghz with over a gig of ram. I'm not even sure what other info you'd need to help lol. Perhaps someone could suggest the right form of linux?

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The right form of Linux is... determined by you.

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You didn't give much to work with but I like KNOPPIX since you don't have to install it to see if you can use it. SUSE and others have LIVE CDs you can test drive until you find what you are looking for.


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In reply to: The right form of Linux is... determined by you.

what information do you need? I tried out knoppix, played with it for a few hours and now I want to switch.

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Linux Distro's

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May I suggest you visit "" and browse there web page.

They have a number of different deretives to there distro.

You can chose Ubuntu with the gnome desktop or the Kubuntu with the Kde desktop and or other programs.

Also you may want to visit there community forum where they have how to's and other help from members.

I have ubuntu Breezy 5.10 and Kubuntu Breezy 5.10 and find both user friendly.

The only real problem I had was that I had a winmodem that would not connect to the internet. Installed an external serial modem and all works fine

I have also used Suse and only problem is I find it is a little more difficult for noobies.


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In reply to: Linux Distro's

I went to the site and wandered through it for a bit, now I'm downloading it. Then I'll just have to back everything up on that computer, and be good to go. Do you recommend a clean hard drive, or should I leave winxp on it?
I'm leaving one of the two computers with xp for now, as I'm not sure that I'll be able to find drivers for my video card.

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I see it as personnel preference

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I have a master 40gb harddrive with Windows and Linux Kubuntu install on each of 20gb.

On the slave I have a Windows d Drive and Ubuntu on 40gb each.

I dual boot with grub by adding it to mbr when installation of Ubuntu ask if you would like to add.

I then after installation is completed go to a terminal and type sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst and scroll down to default and change number to line I want to boot. Remmbering first line of grub is 0.


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A nod to Kubuntu with the Kde desktop .

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You tried Knoppix so the KDE may be more to your liking. By revealing what you tried and liked, it helps.


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In reply to: A nod to Kubuntu with the Kde desktop .

I haven't actually seen a Gnome desktop yet lol. I'm sure I'll have to now though, or I'll die of curiosity. I've read that Kde is harder on resources, but my machine's a Pentium 4 3.06ghz, with over a gig of ram so I think that will be no problem for me. The machine's an emachines T2056. The only thing I've added to the original configuration is more ram and a soundblaster live 5.1 sound card.(don't laugh cuz it's an emachine, it's my sacrificial lamb for trying new things before moving them to my Dell and actually, the emachine is a pretty good computer)

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Simply MEPIS is also worthy of consideration

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Just to add my two cents worth to the discussion -

I agree with Bob Re: Knoppix

Simply MEPIS can also be booted "live" and then if you want to install it just clic the "Install to Hard Drive icon" on the desktop.

Ultimately the choice of distro is up to you !

I tried quite a few distro's before ultimately settling on:

1. Knoppix

2. Simply MEPIS

I also use Puppy and Damn Small Linux on my other PCs that are incapable of booting an O/S such as Knoppix or Mepis. (Pentium I 64 MB RAM)

One of the benefits of Linux is in the variety of distos available to suit different needs, tasks and user preferences.

Good Luck whatever you decide.


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ok then...

In reply to: Simply MEPIS is also worthy of consideration

I'm going to download this simply mepis and check it out too. My machine is more than capable of booting Knoppix so I'm going to assume it'll have no problem with simply mepis.

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Start with Mandriva

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It is the best user-friendly linux distro. The default desktop is kde, which most windows users feel very comfortable with.

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too late

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I saw this post after I'd installed Kubuntu. I like the Kde desktop. Hopefully I'll be able to figure it all out. I have the feeling I'll be spending a lot of time reading forums...

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Have you already tried Ubuntu? I am using at the moment, and I have been using it since Oct/Nov 2005. I think it is great.

It is really a personal choice between Gnome and KDE, though for Ubuntu I think GNOME is more supported (more GNOME users for Ubuntu in general), though as I said before, it is a personal choice.

Good Luck Happy

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Yesterday I installed Kubuntu, because I liked the Kde on Knoppix. Once I got it installed, I realized that I had no idea how to run it lol. Took me over a half hour to figure out how to install Firefox. I'm slowly learning though!

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