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So I am considering building a Linux Box to learn the ins and outs, and get to the point where I can stop paying big $$ for windows. Once, several years back I was running Red Hat and Suse with some efficiency, but abandoned them as insufficient for my gaming needs.

I now have a spare PC - an old Pentium 4 machine that seems well suited to learning Linux. I'd like to use it as a firewall for my gaming system, and as my basic use (internet, e-mail) system. Questions:

1 - I'd like to eventually move into a higher end distribution like Debian or Slackware. My expertise level precludes my starting there, so what is a good distro that will allow me to get use from the word go, while still allowing me to build the skills to allow me to progress?

2 - Will a cheap KVM switch allow me to switch between boxes w/Windows and Linux? (Haven't ever used one)
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Ubuntu or Suse is a great distro to learn the ropes on. And you can play plenty of great games on Linux. Unreal Tournament 2003, Quake 4, Doom 3 (I think) pretty much any Open GL game should work on Linux, in essence. And since WoW works on Mac, which is a distro of Unix (in essence) it would make sense that you could run WoW, too.

As far as a KVM switch, I don't see any reason why they wouldn't work on both Windows and Linux, unless one is in Spanish or Chinese or something wierd.
    
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Good with Ubuntu, was my first linux distro, very straight forward and easy
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I forgot who recommended Sabayon Linux to me a few weeks ago, but I converted from an Ubuntu user to Sabayon once I gave it a go. I like the mindset the developers have in Sabayon, as it includes things that are useful, even if it makes Sabayon not 100% GPL. It includes MP3 playback, nVidia and ATI's binary drivers, flash player... All things that I had to manually add to Ubuntu, was already there.
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Hold on, does that mean you could use Windows drivers, KloroFormd?
    
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Originally Posted by mariogreymist View Post
So I am considering building a Linux Box to learn the ins and outs, and get to the point where I can stop paying big $$ for windows. Once, several years back I was running Red Had and Suse with some efficiency, but abandoned them as insufficient for my gaming needs.

I now have a spare PC - an old Pentium 4 machine that seems well suited to learning Linux. I'd like to use it as a firewall for my gaming system, and as my basic use (internet, e-mail) system. Questions:

1 - I'd like to eventually move into a higher end distribution like Debian or Slackware. My expertise level precludes my starting there, so what is a good distro that will allow me to get use from the word go, while still allowing me to build the skills to allow me to progress?

2 - Will a cheap KVM switch allow me to switch between boxes w/Windows and Linux? (Haven't ever used one)
installing debian might not be a bad idea if you use linux a few years back

and kvm? if its an emulator, then its no use for gameing
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Hold on, does that mean you could use Windows drivers, KloroFormd?
No, that means I used nVidia's proprietary Linux drivers, instead of the open source "nv" drivers.


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installing debian might not be a bad idea if you use linux a few years back

and kvm? if its an emulator, then its no use for gameing
A KVM switch lets your use 1 keyboard/mouse/monitor with 2 different computers, and swap between them at any time. Yes that'd work for you mariogreymist.
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Ubuntu or Suse is a great distro to learn the ropes on. And you can play plenty of great games on Linux. Unreal Tournament 2003, Quake 4, Doom 3 (I think) pretty much any Open GL game should work on Linux, in essence. And since WoW works on Mac, which is a distro of Unix (in essence) it would make sense that you could run WoW, too.

As far as a KVM switch, I don't see any reason why they wouldn't work on both Windows and Linux, unless one is in Spanish or Chinese or something wierd.
I have been leaning a bit towards Ubuntu, as it seems to be dominating the low-end user market. I know all Linux is open-source, so there are essentially unlimited tweaks to how to install and mount hardware and software. Suse, as I recall was fairly user friendly when it came to this functionality. Is Ubuntu better, worse or about the same?
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Ubuntu is easier than Suse, but if you're trying to learn, I would say Suse. Ubuntu does a lot of stuff for you that other distros would make you do yourself.
    
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I have been leaning a bit towards Ubuntu, as it seems to be dominating the low-end user market. I know all Linux is open-source, so there are essentially unlimited tweaks to how to install and mount hardware and software. Suse, as I recall was fairly user friendly when it came to this functionality. Is Ubuntu better, worse or about the same?
I think Ubuntu is FAR better than SuSE. But everyone has their own opinion.
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