Originally Posted by LawLIam
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.
Go 64-bit. Linux 64-bit is much more mature and better supported than Windows 64-bit.
Originally Posted by MCBrown.CA
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.
Very astute observation. The command line, once you learn it
, is where the real
power lies in a Linux box. You'll never throw away your mouse, to be sure, but the command line makes possible things that either can't be done, or can't be done easily, with a GUI.
I should also note that it isn't necessary to "compile" LAMP on Linux, whether Ubuntu or Fedora. (Unless your instructor is a complete idiot and makes you do it that way.) Just install the relevant packages.
Fedora is a little better at running services than Ubuntu and has more enterprise-grade features so if you're thinking about making money with Linux then you definitely want to try out Fedora.