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    First Time Linux Install, I'm Terrfied.


    Hello all,

    I understand every one has asked this so I apologize in advance for doing it again.

    I'm building a fresh PC and would like to be able to dual boot XP Pro and Linux but I'm not really sure which distro to use. My friend swears by Fedora while my research on the topic says Mandrake is better for beginners.

    Which will be the easiet to install?
    Which is better for beginners?

    This is my PC build list

    1. ASUS K8N Socket 754 NVIDIA nForce3 250 ATX AMD Motherboard
    2. AMD Sempron 64 3100+ Palermo 1600MHz HT Socket 754 Processor Model SDA3100BXBOX
    3. Kingston ValueRAM 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered System Memory Model KVR400X64C3A/1G
    4. NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Silver IDE Model ND-3550A - OEM
    5. Seagate ST3160812A 160GB ATA100 7200rpm 8MB Hard Drive
    6. Radeon 9600 series ( I think its ATI)



    Thank you all very much for your help. Anything I left out I apologize I will answer back as soon as possible.

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    Yes, Mandrake/Mandriva is better for beginners.

    And one thing you will have to remember, Install Windows first, then Linux.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikev727
    My friend swears by Fedora while my research on the topic says Mandrake is better for beginners.

    Which will be the easiet to install?
    Which is better for beginners?
    Well, everyone as a different opinion on this. Take a look at this:
    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/lin...e-posting.html

    Quote Originally Posted by mikev727
    This is my PC build list

    1. ASUS K8N Socket 754 NVIDIA nForce3 250 ATX AMD Motherboard
    2. AMD Sempron 64 3100+ Palermo 1600MHz HT Socket 754 Processor Model SDA3100BXBOX
    3. Kingston ValueRAM 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered System Memory Model KVR400X64C3A/1G
    4. NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Silver IDE Model ND-3550A - OEM
    5. Seagate ST3160812A 160GB ATA100 7200rpm 8MB Hard Drive
    6. Radeon 9600 series ( I think its ATI)
    This looks like a good budget system, except that I strongly recommand you loose the ATI card in favor a NVIDIA chipset based one. ATI support for Linux is just simply not as good as NVIDIA's one.
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    I forgot to ask should I go ahead and download and burn the distro im going to use? Or should I wait and download the distro on my new machine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikev727
    I forgot to ask should I go ahead and download and burn the distro im going to use? Or should I wait and download the distro on my new machine?
    What do you mean? You want to try it on your machine right now? Or you want to download and burn in order to by ready the day you'll have the new machine?

    It's your choice, but the best way to learn is to use it, that's for sure.

    Go take a look here:
    http://distrowatch.com/

    It'll help you make up your mind on which distro.
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    Thumbs up alinux is a -ok

    I have run a number of linux distros on my asus a8n motherboard.
    alinux is a nice quick install to get your feet wet.
    most everything will be working at your first boot.
    suse also works well although it takes up more hd space and takes alot longer to load all 5 disks.
    you'll need to use a program like alcohol 120% to burn a disk image of your downloaded distros.
    you cant just extract the downloaded files to a cd or dvd disc.

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    Mandriva is the easiest to install and a good choice for beginners, although it delivers a lot for powerusers, as well.

    And yes, get rid of that ATI card if possible.
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    I went ahead and got Madriva.

    I'm planning to get a new video card at some point in the future so I will make sure to go with an NVIDIA. I've always wondered which is better and now I know.



    Thank you all very much for sharing your knowledge and experience with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kojak
    Mandriva is the easiest to install and a good choice for beginners, although it delivers a lot for powerusers, as well.
    A useful link for Mandriva, courtesy of Kojak:
    http://easylinux.info/wiki/Mandriva
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