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I'm Going Linux,


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After windows decided to crap out today(I should never of used Shell Swapper...), my older brother, who as you know, my mom trusts over me, decided he should reinstall Windows. Why?

 

 

The computer was freezing up.

 

 

 

I believe the key you want to hold down when booting is F8? His dumbshitness kept him from doing that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

He at least made a backup. But now, my mom is going on my side, and she's telling him to get my computer up and running before he leaves to boot camp.

 

 

 

 

Soooooo, I've decided to go Linux. Any recommendations?

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I'm thinking of Gentoo, just to see how hard it is to install(don't worry, I have plenty of pairs of clean underwear ;)), but I've only had experience with Knoppix. Slackware I hear is very customizable and efficient...

 

 

 

 

I havn't heard many good things about SuSE though, and I've used it before at an exhibit, and it felt like Windows with a different shell...

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I'm thinking of Gentoo, just to see how hard it is to install(don't worry, I have plenty of pairs of clean underwear ;)), but I've only had experience with Knoppix. Slackware I hear is very customizable and efficient...

 

 

 

 

I havn't heard many good things about SuSE though, and I've used it before at an exhibit, and it felt like Windows with a different shell...

Suse is awesome.

 

The only reason to not like it is if you cant use it.

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I used to use Slackware. It was the first distro I bothered to try and learn. Looking back though, it's a bit of a pain to maintain.

 

I'd say try Gentoo, not that I have used it, but it's supposed to be very similar to the BSD's; and I love the BSD's! I went from Slackware to FreeBSD... never went back :)

 

You might have to actually bother trying to read and learn how to set it up from what I hear though....

 

EDIT:

You might want to consider FreeBSD too. The documentation, I think, is excellent. http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1...book/index.html

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Yeah, if you do a full customised level 3 installation of Gentoo, it could take you upto two days, depending on your hardware! If you're still a newbie to Linux, I'd not reccommend jumping feet first into Gentoo.

You'll prolly wanna go Fedora or Mandrake:

Mandrake is great to install and incredible to use.

Fedora is even easier to install, but not as great to use

IMO

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Can you not do a binary install of Gentoo, get everything running (like X and a desktop... and a browser) and then recompile your system in the background? That way you atleast have a usable computer during ... however long it takes to recompile the base system? I assume you're talking about the base?

 

That be how FreeBSD does it. Infact that's what I have been doing on my slow old laptop the past few days...:)

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