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there are tons of FAQ's on linux it makes my head hurt. i just have a few questions to ask here, so i get the general idea
  • what's a "distro"?
  • what is the best [or most popular] linux ..umm distro? i heard mint was pretty legit, but when i cruised around the forums Suse seemed to be a crowd favorite
  • are there any "must have" programs

I'll be using it on my laptop [specs in sig] and learning is not an issue for me, i'm a habitual tinkerer. a slick, sexy looking os is a major plus, because ive seen some mods that linux people use, and my god their gorgeous.


Thanks for all your help! +reps
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there are tons of FAQ's on linux it makes my head hurt. i just have a few questions to ask here, so i get the general idea
  • what's a "distro"?
  • what is the best [or most popular] linux ..umm distro? i heard mint was pretty legit, but when i cruised around the forums Suse seemed to be a crowd favorite
  • are there any "must have" programs

I'll be using it on my laptop [specs in sig] and learning is not an issue for me, i'm a habitual tinkerer. a slick, sexy looking os is a major plus, because ive seen some mods that linux people use, and my god their gorgeous.


Thanks for all your help! +reps
  • Distribution or "flavor" of linux. Different distro's come with different preinstalled apps and functionality (however all can be customized so choosing a distro isn't too important)
  • Having said that, I'd say Ubuntu is the best distro for a new user (I still use it). Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, and comes with more preinstalled codecs etc... But I think Ubuntu is more supported and updated sooner than Mint.
  • All "must have" programs already come preinstalled my friend That is one of the beauties of linux.
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must have? i'd say ET wolfenstine, if you're a gamer.
    
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  • Distribution or "flavor" of linux. Different distro's come with different preinstalled apps and functionality (however all can be customized so choosing a distro isn't too important)
  • Having said that, I'd say Ubuntu is the best distro for a new user (I still use it). Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, and comes with more preinstalled codecs etc... But I think Ubuntu is more supported and updated sooner than Mint.
  • All "must have" programs already come preinstalled my friend That is one of the beauties of linux.
thanks! rep+ why is suse so commonly recommend over unbutu?
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Laptops could cause you some problems, especially with wireless. Though the Lenovo wireless should work with Linux right out of the box. See the Linux Hardware Guide and Linux Software Guide in my sig.
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Laptops could cause you some problems, especially with wireless. Though the Lenovo wireless should work with Linux right out of the box. See the Linux Hardware Guide and Linux Software Guide in my sig.
thanks + rep

maybe you'd know, why does everyone recommend Suse?
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thanks + rep

maybe you'd know, why does everyone recommend Suse?
I dunno. I certainly don't recommend SUSE.
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Ubuntu I hear is a flexible and easy to use distro, the user interface is nice and can be used with Beryl.
A good must have is Totem Video Player and so is GIMP. Both of these and more are included with Ubuntu.
A good way of testing the OS is by using the brilliant Live CD in which it boots into Linux from the disc and from there you can try it out without even installing!
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i'm using ubuntu i386 right now, i have it installed with a dual boot with vista. i need to learn the console more, but the GUI is pretty easy to get use to though. so gl with your linux install and configuration.
    
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Ubuntu is my personal favorite distro (writing this in it right now!). It is very user-friendly assuming you have a bit of dedication to learning the new layout and file system. Make sure to become competent in using the terminal as a superuser and it will become OS's most powerful application.

Ubuntu is an absolute dream for media. The GIMP is one of the best pieces of photo/image manipulation software I have ever used. Pair it up with Inkscape and you've got a powerful, and free! creative suite. Also my favorite Windows media player, VLC, runs like a charm on almost any Linux distro.

Ubuntu is follow closely by Fedora. Fedora may have some networking advantages over Ubuntu. I had to compile a LAMP server from source for a project a couple weeks ago and it's actually not too difficult at all in Fedora.
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