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By master3bs ·
I'm going to try it again. Its been a few years since I've really used linux, and I'm about to try it again on some computers here at work.

The problem with open source is I'm overwhelmed with my choices. I used Red Hat before and was happy with it. I've heard good things about mandrake and centos too; but nothing specific.

So for you Linux fans; what flavor(s) do you like and why? I'd be even happier if you tell me why and give a url to download; but I can find it if you don't. Thanks!

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Download Linux

by tonius In reply to Going to download Linux

Xandros is a nice Debian distro. The desktop can be set up as MAC, Windows, BSD and others during set up, so it will bevery familiar when you use it. It can use apt-get to update/install most programs, and even has its own Xandros update network.

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nice

by master3bs In reply to Download Linux

so it emulates these various OS's?

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sorta

by apotheon In reply to nice

It basically makes the window manager look like a default desktop for those OSes. It's often used as a "Windows replacement" OS, as it can emulate the appearance of Windows fairly well. Other distros that are Windows replacements, depending on what about Windows you want to emulate, are Linspire, MEPIS, and Ubuntu (or Kubuntu, if you want the KDE-using version).

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thanks

by master3bs In reply to Going to download Linux

This all gives me some starting points. I'll update everyone with my progress if its at all interesting.

Right now I've decided to start with Mandrake b/c of the ease; and then try some of the others mentioned here. B/c of shared bandwidth my download speed is at the low end of high speed so it will take me a while to do that. I'll probably only download one ISO a day.

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1 more thing

by master3bs In reply to Going to download Linux

I don't need specifics yet but how easy is it to network different flavors of linux to each other and to windows?

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Networking is very easy

by stress junkie In reply to 1 more thing

All distributions of Linux use exactly the same code for TCP/IP networking so they are 100% compatible. All distributions of Linux can implement any BIND/DNS role. You also have Unix network file sharing (NFS). Also, many distributions come with Samba installed. Samba is the Windows network software. It is easy to implement. Samba can make any comuter a Windows client or a Windows domain controller. You also have LDAP which is what Microsoft copied to make Active Directory. LDAP is not compatible with AD. Also, SuSE comes with Novell networking software to create or join a Novell IPX/SPX network.

Linux can do it all. :)

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Easy

by jmgarvin In reply to 1 more thing

If you need info on how to setup wireless, check my blog:
http://techrepublic.com.com/5254-6257-0.html?forumID=99&threadID=173**7&messageID=1835597&id=4093177

Apo has included some comments on Debian as well.

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got it

by master3bs In reply to Easy

bookmarked and ready to reference. Nice blog by the way.

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Thank you

by jmgarvin In reply to got it

If you are a gamer, I talk a little about Point2Play/Cedega and getting Windows games working in Linux...

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You keep mentioning me.

by apotheon In reply to Easy

Are you stalking me, now?

Ahem.

re: networking with Linux
Any networking with Linux is incredibly easy, once you "get" it. Things are done a little differently than the way Windows does, though, so most people moving from Windows to Linux are a little mystified and confused at first. It's just not what they expect. After having fought with a bunch of Windows VPN issues for two days straight this week, though (and I'm even Microsoft certified), I can tell you without a doubt that Linux networking is far, far easier to configure and manage when you understand both Windows and Linux networking. In fact, even Samba for Linux is easier than Windows network filesharing software, despite the fact Samba basically duplicates Windows networking.

Samba is an open source, unix-based implementation of the SMB (Server Message Block) protocol, which works over TCP/IP to provide network filesystem functionality. Usually, you'd only use Samba on a Linux system for interfacing with Windows network nodes, since Windows is the only OS that still uses SMB with any frequency. For Linux-only networking, you're probably better off using NFS for your network filesystem protocol/software.

For basic TCP/IP networking on Fedora, use the netconfig command at the shell prompt: despite the plague of GUI admin tools, this is still the easiest way to set up basic networking capability on Fedora Core. If you understand TCP/IP at all, the console-based dialog that the netconfig command presents is absurdly easy to use.

For basic TCP/IP networking on Debian -- well, it should be set up by default when you're installing the OS in the first place. It'll ask you some questions about how you want to configure your networking during the install, and if you're on DHCP it'll even connect automatically (if at first it doesn't succeed, try, try again). After installation, if you want to make network configuration changes, edit the /etc/interfaces file to make those changes. For information on how to edit the /etc/interfaces file, type "man interfaces" at the command line. There's a whole lot of information in that manpage.

Mandrake is the most difficult to do any really precise network configuration with, out of all of 'em I've tried out. Stick to the GUI network configuration tools for Mandrake (or Mandriva) until you're the sort of bona-fide Linux expert that figures he can still make it work from the shell, even if the Mandrake/Mandriva developers really really want to make that as difficult as possible.

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