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i really like suse and xandros, the latter of which wasnt free but came with some really nice options
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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.
Does Ubuntu allow you to do those things yourself, or are you forced to accept automation? (That would seem to contradict the very nature of Linux)
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You can do things manually, or the easy way.

Like installing MP3 codecs. I did it manually, because I didn't know in Ubuntu 7.04 that all you have to do to get them installed is double-click an MP3 file, and it'd pop up a box asking if you want the codecs.
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You can do things manually, or the easy way.
That seems ideal...I can do it the easy way first, then set things up manually later when I am getting ready to step up...sort of a self-exam before I jump off the deep end.
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That seems ideal...I can do it the easy way first, then set things up manually later when I am getting ready to step up...sort of a self-exam before I jump off the deep end.
Let me know how things go for you, and if you have any questions.
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I'll definitely post results here once I am up and running. I very well might pick up both Suse and Ubuntu, and make the judgment for myself.

Also - anyone had luck running Civ4 on a Linux box? As I read up on Cedega (which I don't really want to pay for) it seems to be one of the more challenging linux installs...and it's my favorite game!
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i still think suse is better for learning...you wont learn using ubuntu. its like saying using a mac will help you learn linux.
    
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i still think suse is better for learning...you wont learn using ubuntu. its like saying using a mac will help you learn linux.
Ubuntu gives you the OPTION of doing things for you. It's up to you if you wanna do it your way or theirs.

And for the record, a Mac can help teach you Unix... if you do things manually.
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post #19 of 37
Since you said you have some experiance in Linux, then try Slackware or ArchLinux, if you really want to learn more about the inner working of Linux.

FreeBSD can teach you Unix (BSD). Its a great OS.
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post #20 of 37
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My "some experience" is six years old and however many versions of Red Hat and Suse that have gone by in that time. I'd rather wade in than be shoved overboard.

I eventually want to move to Slackware, as my understanding is that is the most flexible distro available. That said, I am not sure I'll be able to get my hardware all set up using it right from the word go. Hence, I'd rather use a more beginner friendly distro. I think I'll download Ubuntu and see whether I learn anything. If not, I'll pick up something a little more advanced.

Do you really believe that someone that used Suse and Redhat 6 years ago will be able to wrangle Slackware? If so, I might revisit my thinking. After all, ski instructors no longer teach the snow-plow...learn it correctly from the start is a valid approach in many things.

Edit - and yes, it is learning the inner workings that appeals to me. A considerable Linux knowledge is necessary to make it superior to Windows with my usage priorities. (1-gaming 2-Internet 3-Email 4-digital media and 5-productivity)
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