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Old January 19th, 2008, 02:52 AM
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LINUX NEWBIE: trying to decide which linux to use

what distribution would you recommend for a noob to linux??? I've been leaning towards MANDRIVA but because i'm running vista, which is very demanding on my computer, i'm thinking maybe MANDRAKE 10.1 .
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Old January 19th, 2008, 04:14 AM
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If your PC can handle Vista, it will handle any current Linux distro with ease.
Did you see this thread?
The test will pick one of the following as a recommendation:
Fedora Core 7
Mandriva 2008
OpenSuSE 10.3
Debian 4.0
(Simply-)MEPIS 6.0
Ubuntu, Kubuntu 7.10
Linspire 6
Freespire 2
Xandros 4
PCLinuxOS 2007
Gentoo 2007.1
Slackware 12
Arch Linux 2007.08
Foresight Linux 1.4.1
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Old January 19th, 2008, 04:40 AM
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Probably the easiest to install and use is Ubuntu. It'll take longer to update after the install than the install itself.
http://www.ubuntu.com/

Good luck and have fun.
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Old January 19th, 2008, 05:35 AM
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Thanks for the help!

hey thanks a lot for the help! i think i'm going to give SuSE 10.3 a try. mostly because it seems like it'll be easy to set up a dual boot.
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Old January 19th, 2008, 02:46 PM
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Do your homework before you attempt to set up a dual boot. In the worst case scenario you can lose the ability to boot to Vista. So read a few tutorials before you start.
Here's a place to start:
http://apcmag.com/5162/the_definitiv...x_vista_and_xp

Here's a read on it:
http://www.apcstart.com/3895/how_vis...ooting_nirvana

Good luck and have fun.
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Old January 19th, 2008, 02:58 PM
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before installing any of them, boot to the live cd version of the distros to see which one you like the best.
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