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Postby anonidavenpornlyons » Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:34 pm

Just wondered if anyone can help me regarding linux.

I have read a little about linux, and look at slacker, however am very confused about what to download etc and installation etc.

I just wanted to give it a go as windows can be a pain. Can anyone give me some advice regarding what to download, and some information about the advantages and disadvantage of using linux etc.

I wanted to get into programming etc, hacking and some sites have advised using linux

advice would be good
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Re: Newbie to linux

Postby SwordOfZork » Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:58 am

Linux can be a bit difficult to use, and there are a ton of completely unhelpful and downright rude Linux fanboys that will flame you to death if you ask for help on various official forums for different distros. So, for the most part, its best to just read manuals, guides, etc.

I'd recommend Ubuntu. Its a more user-friendly version of Linux, has great support, comes packaged with tons of great apps to start you off with, and actually has a community that won't bite your head off if you need help with something. Its definitely a good one to start with (or stay with, for that matter).

All you need to install it is the ISO of the installer disk. Either download that from their site, or from a torrent. Then, just burn it to a CD, and install it like you would any other OS; tell your BIOS to boot from CD. The install disk also has a "live" distribution on it. This means you can actually boot the operating system itself, directly off the CD, without installing it. That can give you a chance to get a feel for it, and decide whether or not to install.
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Re: Newbie to linux

Postby Tyranoth » Sun Dec 07, 2008 2:58 am

If you are totally new to Linux I would point you to "PC/OS" http://www.pc-os.org/ Its based off of Ubuntu and is specially built with new Linux users in mind. It has many apps you will commonly use preinstalled and the whole idea is to make it more user-friendly than Ubuntu for the absolute new Linux user. Here is a link to a good article about the OS. http://www.linux.com/feature/154652 And before anyone says anything, this is NOT "PCLinuxOS", this is "PC/OS" thats based off of Ubuntu. "PCLinuxOS" is based from Mandriva!

Before I forget, we talked a good bit about some Linux apps in another thread. Lots good links for Linux and compatible apps there, here is the link. Might be helpful to you in the future. http://www.slyck.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=45262
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Re: Newbie to linux

Postby anonidavenpornlyons » Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:49 pm

Thanks very much for your help appreicated
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