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Decided to move over to Linux but I'm in need of some information.

I've chosen to go with Fedora 64-bit, out of some of the other Distro's I find this more aesthetically pleasing, better with stability and security. smile.gif

Will be installing on my sig rig, on an SSD. Anything I need to know? What to configure? What software should I install and use, which software do I need?

I'm very new to this. >_>

Thanks!
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When you install Fedora it will only come will open source, free software. A lot of codecs and the proprietary NVIDIA driver don't come with the distribution.
To install non-open source (including software with certain licensing restrictions) goodies, add the free and non-free Fusion repo (see here).
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What software do you already run? We can suggest many things but if you don't already run something similar then chances are you won't run the suggested software either.
    
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Agree with above. List some things you would like to do or you see yourself doing. Then we could possibly give you some good suggestions as to what you might want.
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What are you planning on doing with the installation? That would give us an idea on what to suggest too thumb.gif
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Since you new to this, remember the basic command "man" (manual) which you can use in Terminal to see the help for commands ; of course, there you can get help on how to use man.
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Originally Posted by Buzzin92 View Post

Decided to move over to Linux but I'm in need of some information.

I've chosen to go with Fedora 64-bit, out of some of the other Distro's I find this more aesthetically pleasing, better with stability and security. smile.gif

Will be installing on my sig rig, on an SSD. Anything I need to know? What to configure? What software should I install and use, which software do I need?

I'm very new to this. >_>

Thanks!

fedora uses the same desktop (gui) as many other distros out there, so what draws you to its looks? you can change almost anything you dont like. are you switching completely or dual booting? i like to have four partitions for my installations. a /boot, swap, / and /home. (except they share swap) then agian, my two are both debian and debian based, not sure if it changes anything. i tryed fedroa for awhile, but just used the default all on one
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Originally Posted by Buzzin92 View Post

Decided to move over to Linux but I'm in need of some information.
I've chosen to go with Fedora 64-bit, out of some of the other Distro's I find this more aesthetically pleasing, better with stability and security. smile.gif
Will be installing on my sig rig, on an SSD. Anything I need to know? What to configure? What software should I install and use, which software do I need?
I'm very new to this. >_>
Thanks!

Well, my experience with Fedora in the past is that it is very bleeding edge, to the point of being almost unstable. This is fine for an experienced user, but I would not recommend it for a newb. If you're a noob you should really be sticking with Ubuntu or it's brother, Mint. Yes, some people do not like Unity, but you can work around that. Overall Ubuntu will be much more stable and just about as secure.

One nice thing about Fedora is you can encrypt your entire installation (full disk encryption) at install time. Ubuntu has this ability but it's more complicated for a noob.
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Well, my experience with Fedora in the past is that it is very bleeding edge, to the point of being almost unstable. This is fine for an experienced user, but I would not recommend it for a newb. If you're a noob you should really be sticking with Ubuntu or it's brother, Mint. Yes, some people do not like Unity, but you can work around that. Overall Ubuntu will be much more stable and just about as secure.
One nice thing about Fedora is you can encrypt your entire installation (full disk encryption) at install time. Ubuntu has this ability but it's more complicated for a noob.

This. Fedora updates every 6 months, and release n moves to EOL/unsupported status 1 month after release n+2. You should not judge a distro by its out-of-the-box/default aesthetics, as you can always install alternate desktop environments. For example if you want GNOME 3 you can install that in Ubuntu.
    
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I think most of us here would HIGLY recommend Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to you over Fedora....Especially if you are new to linux.
    
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