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I'm thinking of trying Linux for shits and giggles, so my question is: What is the best version of Linux? Is it Red Hat? Or other versions? Remeber, i know nothing when it comes to this :P Also, any good tips or advice for my plunge? :P What are some good C++ compilers, etc? Cheers!

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Do more research before you decide to try it. It'll be good for you, especially since you'll be doing a lot of that once you actually (or while you're trying to) install it. If you try to install it without knowing anything you'll probably end up hating it.

Asking which version is the best is like asking whether DX or OGL is the best. The c++ compiler you'll most likely use (I'd say 99% chance of it) is g++.

btw, clicky.

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Keep in mind that most Linux distros are almost identical, except for the software they come bundled with (and a few other things, such as package managers and installers). I suggest you take this test to start off your research (you'll be doing a lot of it). Also give Distrowatch a look.

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I see, this is harder than i thought! NO worries tho. Well I looked around, and Ark Linux and Mandriva (Mandrake) both look nice, and n00b friendly. Do you know if these are both Live CDs? I couldn't really find out...perhaps I was looking in the wrong spot lol. So if it is a Live CD, i can burn the ISO, and put it in my CD player, and it will load the OS w/o any baddness happening to my current Win install correct?

CHeers

//EDit: B/w Mandrake and Ark, which is the best IUHO?

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Here is a list of live Linux CD's. Knoppix is the most popular. I don't know about Ark Linux but Mandrake is not a live CD (although I am sure there are live cd's that are derivatives of Mandrake).

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Ok thx. Judging from that site tho, it appears SLAX is the most popular....What is the difference between the two? I coudln't really sort this out ..:(

Thanks a ton for the help

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Oh...ok. Which tends to be the best? (hehe, sorry for the dumb questions lol. I actually *have* looked around, its just not easy to tell what's best :P)

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What is the best distro is completely subjective.

I think Gentoo is the best, becuase you can build your entire system from source, and optimize it for your specific hardware. But if you do this, it takes about 3 days to install (the base system), then you have install a Window manager (Gnome, KDE, fluxbox, etc), which takes about 2 days.

But for anyone that just wants to install and run, and not worry about configuration or anything else, pretty much every other distrobution will install in about an hour or so.

Try a few, and see what you like. You are looking for the best that suits your needs, not what everyone else thinks is the best.

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For a beginner, I would suggest Mepis or Ubuntu. Mepis comes as a LiveCD and it includes a graphical installer to put it on the hard drive with minimal interaction from you.

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Do any of those have default detection of wireless networks?

I run with a linksys card and.. of course.. I couldn't really install Gentoo like I wanted due to no network.

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I'm running Fedora Core 3 (Fedora Core 4 is now in testing phase, you could try it instead).

FC3's very noob friendly imho. I'm not connected to the net on that box so I don't know what its net features are like, but it sure is easy.

A bit bloated though, be careful on a lower end machine, it'll slow a bit.

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It is just a matter of personal taste, everyone will tell you x is better than y and so on...
That said, mine's favourite is slackware, although I love knoppix (talking about live CDs) as well...

My advice is, if you have a good connection, or someone who could download distros for you, then try several and see which one suits your needs, thats the only way to know, is like asking "which programming language is the best" or "whats the best type of music". Answer: The one you like.
Now, since we are talking about Linux, you need to have in mind that there are several distros, some are easier to install/admin that others, but in the end, its all about one kernel to rule them all, so...

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I have broadband, so downloading is not a problem for me. Atm, i am downloading Slax, Mandrake 10.1 Official, Mandriva LE (it says only for members, but I found it on some FTP listed on their site (not warez) so will i be able to use it?), and KNOPPIX 3.7 EN. So I will load up the two live cds, see what its like, and then perhaps find a HDD to put Mandriva on. Is it a wise idea to make a seperate partion on my 2nd HDD to put Mandrake/rivia on?

Cheers

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My vote goes to Ubuntu Linux, for several reasons: It is nice and polished, it is beginner friendly, it is based on Debian which means that it has sane package management, and it comes with a live CD (in fact there is even a unified live/install DVD).

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Another vote for Ubuntu if you're a linux newbie. Though Fedora Core has also treated me well (not quite as newbie friendly though).

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Mandrake/Mandriva is very newbie friendly, but their RPM packaging can be annoying. It's also somewhat bloated by Linux standards, so make sure you're not running a P500 with 2GB of disk space. :) If I was trying Linux for the first time in the near future, I'd be tempted by Ubuntu.

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Original post by _Sigma
I have broadband, so downloading is not a problem for me. Atm, i am downloading Slax, Mandrake 10.1 Official, Mandriva LE (it says only for members, but I found it on some FTP listed on their site (not warez) so will i be able to use it?), and KNOPPIX 3.7 EN. So I will load up the two live cds, see what its like, and then perhaps find a HDD to put Mandriva on. Is it a wise idea to make a seperate partion on my 2nd HDD to put Mandrake/rivia on?

Cheers


Theres actually 2 versions more since knoppix 3.7...

Knoppix Mirrors
Direct Link in one of the FTPs

cheers

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Well, as of the time i'm posting this, i'm running Slax of a live CD, and using Konquere or w/e to post this. LOL. Linux is forsure kinda strange, buts its pretty slick!

//edit. Will a live CD boot on a MAC machine and 2, what is the linky for the best c++ compiler?

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As there have been loads of replies about what specific distros you could try, here's just a general bit of advice: If you're trying Linux out for the first time, make sure you don't have any data on your PC that you'd be sorry to lose.

The safest way to do this would be to have a PC or Laptop around that you don't mind wiping completely and just do a clean install of Linux. Unless you want to start off the complicated way (as probably many of us have...) and try to set up a dual-boot config. Although I believe this has become quite easy with some distros now.

In any case, make sure you're not risking any important data without backing it up first. Good luck!

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Wow, I have to say, thanks everyoone. One last quick question, well actually a couple of quick questions:
1) How do i set the Live CDs to work with a USB flash driver?
2) What is the difference b/w Mandrake 10.1 Official and Mandriva 2005 LE?

Cheers

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I personally recommend Fedora Core 3 w/ XFCE, don't use Gnome or KDE with it unless you want something slower than Windows. :P

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