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  1. #1
    CharlesP2001
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    Looking to try out Linux on my Dell
    I'm fed up with Windows XP and I'd like to try out Linux. However I've never before used Linux and I'm kinda wondering where I should start. I know this is a Mac forum and may be an odd place to ask about Linux, but many of the people here seem to be experienced with multiple OSes and I figure I may find some good advice here.

    Anyway, I'd like a good general-purpose Linux to install on my Dell Inspiron laptop and I'd appreciate any suggestions. I don't need anything specifically, but I'd like to test out the waters. I'm looking to totally erase Windows and put Linux on so I don't need one that'll install on a drive with XP.

    Also, is Linux targeted by viruses/spyware/ect.?

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    Kokopelli
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    i would recommend Ubuntu. A nice simple distro that is well thought of and supported.

  3. #3
    bfx
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    For a good info resource try http://www.linuxquestions.org/ - lots of folks there to help out.

    Personally I prefer Radhat's Fedora ... but I've only tried a couple of versions.

    You can find a listing of various versions with links to the d/l areas at http://www.linuxiso.org/

    bfx

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    Looking to try out Linux on my Dell
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    if you want good support for your laptop then either Ubuntu os SuSe imo.

    both are easier to install than windows and have a great following and support forums. Not only that you can get a lot of rpms already built for SuSe and Ubuntu can use straight debs so id plump for one of them


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    Harryc
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    I think SUSE/KDE is best for a laptop.

  6. #6
    CharlesP2001
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    Fedora Linux
    I tried downloading the ISOs for Fedora Linux but Roxio on my laptop couldn't burn them. It just gives an error message. I've got the latest update to my version of Roxio, and I did try downloading the ISOs again, but still no go.

    I'm downloading the Ubuntu Linux now.

    I'm not really concerned with a laptop vs. desktop Linux, I just want a good general one I can use on all of the Windows computers in the household.

    We'll see how Ubuntu turns out.


    Now here's a question, how do you folks think your favorite version of Linux stacks up compared to Mac OS X?

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    Looking to try out Linux on my Dell
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    They stack up good TBH its only the convienence of OSX that keeps me to it sometimes as i like to play around with systems

    eg having CS2, Office etc native without all the hassle of emulating and having real plug n play hardware


    Apple, think different

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    Looking to try out Linux on my Dell
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    These are my favorite distributions:

    1. SUSE (The best UI, and the best package manager).
    2. Fedora (The networking GUI tools in Fedora make setting up Samba a breeze).
    3. Ubuntu (Good selection of packages, fits on one CD).

    If you want to see some wicked 3d windowing stuff. Check out these videos of Novell's Desktop Linux. It should be released soon.
    http://video.google.com/videosearch?...+desktop+linux

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    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...+desktop+linux

    apple needs to steel most of those ideas.. such as virtual desktop.
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  10. #10
    CharlesP2001
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    Impressive, those XGL effects are going to make Vista look outdated before it even comes out. Poor Microsoft.

    I can only imagine what Apple may be brewing up for Leopard.


    Quote Originally Posted by PowerBookG4
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...+desktop+linux

    apple needs to steel most of those ideas.. such as virtual desktop.

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