Which distro?

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I am planning on installing linux on my computer. Im just unsure of which distro to install, ive used k/ubuntu before and wasn't too pleased with them and at university we have something running with the gnome desktop thing. I just want some advice on what people would advise.

I could do with compilers for c and java, that would be helpful if they come with it already. Anyone got any advice?
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I use FreeBSD so I can't answer your Linux question but my prediction is that you'll be more confused after you read the replies than you are now.
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thats probably true, maybe ill just try a few different ones
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I run debian, but friends like mandriva 2006
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vegancoder wrote:
thats probably true, maybe ill just try a few different ones

thats always the preferred way of doing things IMHO.


however, i made a post once in response to those asking this question..
http://www.ozzu.com/unix-linux-forum/for-those-asking-what-the-best-version-linux-t58663.html
(i just bumped it so it should be relatively near the top of the posts on the main "linux forum" page.



what about k/ubuntu was it that you didn't like?
what are you looking for in a distro?
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I dont really know, i'd like it to be easy to use and have some compilers.

K/ubuntu just didnt seem to work that well, and they wouldnt work right at my screen resolution for some reason. Im thinking i might try debian for a while it seems to work well at university
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That othe rpost was good, i think im going to try and use some of the distros that it suggetsed. Nice one
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vegancoder wrote:
That othe rpost was good, i think im going to try and use some of the distros that it suggetsed. Nice one

good :]
thx
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vegancoder wrote:
I dont really know, i'd like it to be easy to use and have some compilers.

K/ubuntu just didnt seem to work that well, and they wouldnt work right at my screen resolution for some reason. Im thinking i might try debian for a while it seems to work well at university


I tried a few distros before settling on Debian. Debian works pretty well out of the box, and the Apt package manager makes installing new progs a breeze. If you go for Debian, I'd advise going straight to the "testing" branch (codename "etch") as the packages in the main branch are a little outdated.
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I currently use Ubuntu, but I have also tried Fedora and Suse. I actually like Suse the best but I went with Ubuntu because I found it the easiest to work with, and at the time that is what I needed. Bottom line is it is all personal opinion, a lot of factors play into it such as what your intended use is, how user friendly you want it to be, what exsists for online communities for assistance.

This is where VMWare can come in handy, run several different virtual distros
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I found zenwalk to be a nice little runner, but i much prefer ubuntu!

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