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  • SharkyForums.Com - Print: Which Linux Is Best For A Newbie

    Which Linux Is Best For A Newbie
    By winky October 11, 2000, 03:35 PM

    I would like to try Linux, but whic OS would probley be the best for me? I have looked at Linux's site, but there are to many for me to know which is best.

    By edhensley October 11, 2000, 03:53 PM

    Go for redhat 7.0 and buy it so you get their tech support.

    By mpitts October 11, 2000, 04:32 PM

    quote:Originally posted by winky:
    I would like to try Linux, but whic OS would probley be the best for me? I have looked at Linux's site, but there are to many for me to know which is best.

    I would recommend Mandrake 7.1, unless you have an NVIDIA-based video card. It is easy to install and there is a great deal of online support available for it.

    Check www.linux-mandrake.com


    By Sketch October 11, 2000, 04:42 PM

    quote:Originally posted by winky:
    I would like to try Linux, but whic OS would probley be the best for me? I have looked at Linux's site, but there are to many for me to know which is best.

    There are two schools of thought.
    1) If you want to get a working OS as quickly as possible and not really have to worry about what's going on, choose Redhat or Mandrake. They will let you get up and running quickly and pick up things slowly as you go.

    2) If you really want to learn Linux, and don't mind diving in and getting your hands dirty, get Slackware. It makes you do a lot more hand configuration, but you really learn what's going on quickly.

    They both have their advantages and disadvantages. It's up to you to figure out which one is right for you.

    By winky October 11, 2000, 04:52 PM

    Will Mandrake not work with my NVIDIA Geforce card?

    By blppt October 11, 2000, 04:57 PM

    I would just like to say that I thought Mandrake was the easiest to set up, and installs far more tools by default than Red Hat did. Plus Mandrake supports USB, and unless you get RH7, Red Hat does not.

    By blppt October 11, 2000, 04:58 PM

    quote:Originally posted by winky:
    Will Mandrake not work with my NVIDIA Geforce card?


    I am fairly sure that Linux (at least a modern dist) will have no problem with your Geforce card, though it will probably use the generic SVGA driver like it did with my Voodoo3.

    By jtshaw October 11, 2000, 06:00 PM

    If you really wanna learn linux and all its quirks and power then get slackware and set everything up manually. I recommending buying a book to help you out. Go through everything including getting and compiling the newest kernal from kernal.org. As for nVidia cards....if you use XFree4.0.1 as your X server (if you aren't then upgrade it) you can get some code off nVidia's web site that will give accelerated support for the nVidia cards.

    quote:Originally posted by winky:
    Will Mandrake not work with my NVIDIA Geforce card?

    By wrath October 11, 2000, 07:25 PM

    i've basically tried my hand at every version of *nix and all its variants i could find. For a complete newbie, i'd say go with redhat or mandrake, like most of the other posts. I wouldnt bother with anything like winlinux. Im guessing you want to move away from windows? for whatever reason that is.. (it isnt cool to use *nix so you can irc with BitchX or whatever in front of your mates, if thats all your after i wouldnt bother, but hey if your after because your after a reasonably stable, secure os, go for it).
    Sure slackware is a great OS, but uhm.. it sounds like slackwares a bit out of reach for the guy who was asking which OS to use, surely new distros of r/h and mandrake support nividia cards? anyways laters.

    -paul.

    By Sketch October 12, 2000, 09:50 AM

    quote:Originally posted by winky:
    Will Mandrake not work with my NVIDIA Geforce card?

    You have to do some upgrading by hand. I'm not sure what version of Xfree86 Madrake comes with, but you need at least 4.0, and you have to get drivers off of Nvidia's site. Redhat comes with all of the necessary stuff.

    By jtshaw October 12, 2000, 10:07 AM

    The reason why I suggest slackware over the others is because once you can get slackware running with all your hardware and the newest kernal you might just have learned something about linux. I know many people that go to college with me that installed RedHat or Mandrake, had a problem weeks later and had no idea how to fix it because they didn't truely know anything about how linux works. I have seen posts on these forums from people complaining that SMC gives its drivers in uncompiled C code..... This wouldn't happen if the people truely understood the os. An uncompiled C code driver is by far the best way to get it, as it insures the best possible compatibility with any linux system. Linux surely isn't for everyone but I think it is something ever die-hard computer user should try out. There are great books that explain the os and how everything works (not distro specific...just how the base linux tools work) and there are millions of linux users that monitor forums and newsgroups that are willing to help with your problems. It is the people that use Redhat and Mandrake that don't ever learn how the os works (which isn't all Redhat and Mandrake users, it is really just the ones that use all the shortcuts) that complain of the most problems and hate linux the most. Although there is always a first time...I have never introduced slackware to somebody who didn't end up perfering linux over any other os they had ever used...once they got the hang of it. Btw, any linux running XFree4.0 will work with your nVidia card once you get the stuff from nVidia's web site.

    quote:Originally posted by wrath:
    i've basically tried my hand at every version of *nix and all its variants i could find. For a complete newbie, i'd say go with redhat or mandrake, like most of the other posts. I wouldnt bother with anything like winlinux. Im guessing you want to move away from windows? for whatever reason that is.. (it isnt cool to use *nix so you can irc with BitchX or whatever in front of your mates, if thats all your after i wouldnt bother, but hey if your after because your after a reasonably stable, secure os, go for it).
    Sure slackware is a great OS, but uhm.. it sounds like slackwares a bit out of reach for the guy who was asking which OS to use, surely new distros of r/h and mandrake support nividia cards? anyways laters.

    -paul.

    By mpitts October 12, 2000, 11:58 AM

    quote:Originally posted by blppt:

    I am fairly sure that Linux (at least a modern dist) will have no problem with your Geforce card, though it will probably use the generic SVGA driver like it did with my Voodoo3.



    This from someone who obviously has never tried to install Mandrake 7.x on a PC with a NVIDIA-based video card.


    Read what Sketch has to say earlier in this thread.

    By blppt October 12, 2000, 01:40 PM

    quote:Originally posted by mpitts:

    This from someone who obviously has never tried to install Mandrake 7.x on a PC with a NVIDIA-based video card.

    Read what Sketch has to say earlier in this thread.



    Well, that was harsh dude. Of course I have never tried to install a Geforce card since I have a Voodoo3! I merely mentioned what all the Linux distributions i've used did since none of them have native support for a Voodoo3 either, that would be use the generic SVGA driver. I would assume that the Geforce would default to the same since there is no native Geforce driver included in these distributions as well. Next time keep your self-righteousness to yourself. I was only trying to help.

    By mpitts October 12, 2000, 02:04 PM

    quote:Originally posted by blppt:

    Well, that was harsh dude. Of course I have never tried to install a Geforce card since I have a Voodoo3! I merely mentioned what all the Linux distributions i've used did since none of them have native support for a Voodoo3 either, that would be use the generic SVGA driver. I would assume that the Geforce would default to the same since there is no native Geforce driver included in these distributions as well. Next time keep your self-righteousness to yourself. I was only trying to help.

    I wasn't trying to be harsh, I am just saying that by your stating that it must be the same, that you had never done it. Believe me, it is much more involved that installing a Voodoo3. I installed Mandrake 7.1 on my PC at work, which had a TNT2-Vanta card in it. I could never get X to start properly with it in there. But if I took it out and put the Voodoo3 card in, it worked first time out of the box.


    So, in summation, my apologies for upsetting you. No hard feelings.


    By jtshaw October 12, 2000, 02:20 PM

    That is odd, I tried installing Mandrake 7.1 on my system with a Diamond V770 Ultra (TNT2 Ultra). I did an advanced install and chose the XFree4.0 server and xWin worked perfectly.

    Sharkyextreme has a little news clip about nVidia linux drivers today, read the interview if you really wanna know what nVidia's stance on linux drivers are and so forth.

    quote:Originally posted by mpitts:
    I wasn't trying to be harsh, I am just saying that by your stating that it must be the same, that you had never done it. Believe me, it is much more involved that installing a Voodoo3. I installed Mandrake 7.1 on my PC at work, which had a TNT2-Vanta card in it. I could never get X to start properly with it in there. But if I took it out and put the Voodoo3 card in, it worked first time out of the box.


    So, in summation, my apologies for upsetting you. No hard feelings.


    By KJC October 12, 2000, 02:59 PM

    Try Mandrake 7.1

    By mpitts October 12, 2000, 03:39 PM

    quote:Originally posted by jtshaw:
    That is odd, I tried installing Mandrake 7.1 on my system with a Diamond V770 Ultra (TNT2 Ultra). I did an advanced install and chose the XFree4.0 server and xWin worked perfectly.

    Sharkyextreme has a little news clip about nVidia linux drivers today, read the interview if you really wanna know what nVidia's stance on linux drivers are and so forth.

    Cool.. thanks for the heads up.. I may have to try to reinstall Mandrake 7.1 with the Vanta card.

    By blppt October 12, 2000, 04:19 PM

    To mpitts:

    Nah, I should be apologizing. I'm just a schmuck in the morning after barring the night before. Please ignore my occasional insane rants. But thanks for apologizing anyways. ;-)

    By mpitts October 12, 2000, 04:32 PM

    quote:Originally posted by blppt:
    To mpitts:

    Nah, I should be apologizing. I'm just a schmuck in the morning after barring the night before. Please ignore my occasional insane rants. But thanks for apologizing anyways. ;-)


    Hahah.. I hear ya.. Don't worry about it, mang.


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