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best linux distro for beginners?

Discussion in 'Linux / BSD / Mac OS X' started by Weigy104, Dec 22, 2007.

  1. Weigy104 New Member

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    hi im currently looking to start using linux for more or less the first time. I had a look at ubuntu 7.10 but it doesn't get very good reviews. I dont really know the differences between the distros or anything. I will be dual booting it with xp on my laptop. My laptop is a Vostro 1500 with T7300 2.0, 2GB ram and m8600gt. It also has a intel 3945 wireless card. I would prefer a distro that will detect and install the gfx card and wireless card straight off but i dunno if thats possible:p

    Im really looking for something thats easy to learn on and works well on a laptop. and if you could point me in the right direction for driver for my gfx and wireless that would be great too thanks :)
     
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    I definately recommend Ubuntu 7.10 for beginners for the following reasons.

    Hardware support is very good
    Allow beginners to avoid the command line (You need to learn this as you become used to the system, allows access to many powerful features very quickly)
    Reasonable looking interface with easy customization
    Compiz 3D effects integrated
    Synaptic package manager
    Good range of preinstalled programs (OpenOffice, Firefox, Totum, GIMP etc)
    Supports most wireless cards

    The bad reviews are often critical of the lack of DVD players, but this is due to legal issues. Easily resolved by installing VLC (Check the legality in your locality before installing)

    Edit: Forgot to say that the install CD is also a live CD, so you test your hardware before committing to the install. Please bear in mind this is far slower and less responsive that an actual install
     
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    I say Fedora. It's every bit as easy as Ubuntu, but has a more standard setup, so installing 3rd party apps is generally easier.
     
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