View Full Version : Linux version?

02-15-2006, 11:04 AM
I just put together my new computer and I was wanting to run Linux on my old one and I know there are alot of different versions out there so I was just wanting some suggestions on which version to use.

02-15-2006, 11:26 AM

02-15-2006, 03:07 PM
If you haven't used Linux before, I recommend using Knoppix (http://www.knoppix.com) first. I use Ubuntu (http://www.ubuntu.com/), to save downloading they can send you a free disc. (http://www.ubuntu.com/shipit) Another good distro is Mandriva (www.mandrivalinux.com).

02-15-2006, 04:08 PM
Gentoo! If you have alot of free time and want it to be exactly for your system!

02-15-2006, 08:37 PM
you can find like 15 pages with 30 listings on each page of linux/unix distros here:


some of them have reviews from people, and some of them have reviews from the website (softpedia.com) itself. On each page of each OS it has a description of what it comes with and some even have screen shots of the interface. check it out. If you come across any broken links, email them. They respond very quickly to broken links. The listings are sorted by the newest additions to the top.. so you might have to go through some pages before you find one that you like.

02-15-2006, 08:55 PM
Redhat Fedora would be my recommendation. Redhat has a long history with Linux development. You can find the link in my signature.

Also here is a site that where you can download most of the popular distros of linux. www.linuxiso.org

02-16-2006, 09:07 AM
I recommend Debian. I have it on my server. It is nice and not to hard to understand. You can download a netinstall ISO file and burn this on cd. When installing the cd you can install application by typing "apt-get install pkgname"

02-17-2006, 03:43 AM
Thank you very much alot of good links here.

02-18-2006, 03:50 PM
Just posting to second ubuntu (they sent me 4 free disks :) including a 64 bit edition which I am gonna try on my turion laptop (when it eventually turns up))

Though a more honest reply would require a better question ;) , what do you want to do with linux ?

web/file/mail server :: fedora/debian/*BSD
windows replacement :: ubuntu(debian)/Xandros(debian) (not free)
development :: ubuntu/fedora
really learn linux :: gentoo
playing + diagnosing computer issues :: knoppix (ok any live CD but knoppix seems to have more of what you really need)

of course all the above are equally good at all tasks just that out of the box they all provide a different experience.

02-18-2006, 10:31 PM

..and a vote for openSUSE (link in sig). If you're having major compatibility problems with other distros, try SUSE.
I tried a total of 10 different distros on my old Vaio notebook, including every one listed on this page (other than Gentoo - we only had one day! :p) -- not one of them could successfully install and enable the basic features of the machine (eg: 1024x768). I had three self-confessed linux geeks trying to make their favourite distros run and no one could get it to work.

Then I tried SUSE, and it worked perfectly the first time. A few clicks later and my old laptop was a perfect mobile web dev box :D
KDE + QantaPlus + Krusader + SVN + (Apache/MySQL/PHP4+5) = joy to work with.