The [Main] What Distro should YOU use?
This is the ONLY 'What distro is best for you?' thread on the board now. Well if you're not sure tell us what you do and a little about your computer and we'll help you figure out which is best for you and why.
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How familiar are you with computers?
How familiar are you with Linux?
How much time are you willing to invest into learning Linux?
How powerful is your computer?
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Looking for a Linux Distro- Have some specific needs and a lot of questions
I'm new to Linux and am looking for a newb- friendly distro.
Here are my system specs:
Pentium 4 HT 3 ghz
ATI Radeon x300SE
512 MB Dual Channel DDR2 RAM
Soundmax integrated audio
Logitech MX510 optical mouse
I've tried Fedora Core 3 but think it's probably a step too far for a newbie. I also tried Mandrake but it doesn't work on my computer (probably because of my video card.) I tried the hoary hedgehog release of Ubuntu and didn't like the desktop interface. So I might try Kubuntu. I'm also looking at SUSE. Can you download the CD version of SUSE, not the DVD verson?
Also, I'm assuming I have a i586 computer because my processor is 32-bit. Am i right?
My main goal is ease of use and how big the hill I have to go over is. My other main goal is to get my Linksys WUSB54 wireless-g network adapter to work in my Windows network so I can get on the Internet. Will I need Samba to so this or will using ndiswrapper to load the drivers be enough?
I also want something that comes with lots of software- preferably the latest version of ndiswapper to save me the pain of learning how to unzip a tar.gz and install it.
Thanks for your help!
Re: Which is right for me?
I think Mandrake will probably be fine for you. You can mix installing from source and installing rpms as long as don't try to install a package from source that you already have installed by rpm or vice-versa. You may want to look into using checkinstall to build rpms for you, so you can have the packages you built yourself installed by rpm.
Originally posted by J-Val
Should I only be using RPMS because I'm running mandrake, or should I switch to an OS where I can use both?
Best distro for low end laptop?
I have an old PII 266Mhz laptop with 128MB RAM and a 4GB hard drive.
What would you recommend I run on it for the best effeciency? I would prefer a Debian or Red Hat offspring but all suggestions are welcome.