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Just got my a+ net+ and sec+ and will be going for my linux+/lpic-1 next then finally cwts smile.gif just for a broad spectrum of intro level certs to help me out b4 i start college

just need a distro that i can throw into a VM and/or on a pc i can piece together as a spare... needs to be fairly usable while still allowing me to practice concepts im reading about and have a good support base that i can reference if i decide i want to get things like windows games up and running on the system in the end, or even a virtual machine running xp fully functional for all that

i was considering a few...

arch has looked interesting to me for a long time now, but ive never spent the time to dive into it because i have the feeling i would have a hard time getting trivial things to run that most people wouldnt find important but that i would want running such as fixes for getting some games up and running because a computer without games is just blasphemy tongue.gif (and yes, i realize the limitations of linux gaming, and tahts why i love compatability layers and native games)

wondering if i should just bite the bullet and go with ubuntu just because of its usability but its getting worse and worse with each release imo frown.gif

gentoo and slackware are kind of getting some of my attention... but not a whole lot as i dont really know much about them

and finally, fedora and suse are always good options for some one in my position because they are corperate server solutions that i can get a desktop version of for free... buuut idk how they are doing these days

i havent used linux for awhile now so im kind of lost with too many decisions at this point and would appreciate some help tongue.gif im not the best user with linux but with a good text reference at my side and a goal in mind i figure the motivation will do better than my previous experiences with toying with linux
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post #2 of 11
I know I am suspicious to say this, but I would say openSUSE can be what you are looking for.

You won't need to install VM's guest addons because openSUSE already has good support for them builtin... And it's a robust system. stable, but not leaving inovation aside

I don't want to start a flame war, but opensuse+kde is going to be much better than ubuntu+gone...
ubuntu is too unstable because it focuses on inovation too much
and gnome is just stupid - says Linus and me tongue.gif
Well.. gnome isn't stupid it self, but it threats you as if you were
post #3 of 11
Idk, I am extremely good with linux and I think Gnome is way better than KDE in many ways. I like the simplicity of a desktop ironically. It gives you what you need, and if you want to get down and dirty you've got cli which I'm not afraid to do. =P Though KDE is nice, and you can run Kubuntu which a lot of people report as better than plain Ubuntu. I would like to say that any of the *buntu distributions have an easier time setting up hardware than openSUSE. It's probably because they use more heavily modified code. I do know that fglrx on openSUSE doesn't work as well as Ubuntu, but that's just one thing. I do think openSUSE is pretty good though, worth checking out if you are new.
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post #4 of 11
Greetz
Recommendations can help but what's good for cats may not be good for dogs and there aren't many species with your level of certs fresh out of High School. You can download and try out many distros with LiveCds (many are DVDs now since they include the installer if you like it) where you can try them without committing anything but a few minutes and a blank optical disk. Here's a list with what use is expected http://www.livecdlist.com/

Shameless Plug - Since it can be effectively argued that Slackware is the only pure Linux left you may enjoy reading this interview with one of the major developers, Patrick Volkerding's (the original and still dictator of design) right hand man. FWIW he also has a blog and is routinely in the Slackware section of LinuxQuestions, so you can "talk" directly to a major developer.

Here's the Linux Magazine interview that explains why Eric thinks Slackware is especially worth trying

http://www.linux-mag.com/id/7502

Hope this helps
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post #5 of 11
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thanks for the input biggrin.gif

please keep it coming, the more feed back i get the better smile.gif i am aiming for some certs after all
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post #6 of 11
Aiming for certs? Start off by learning Fedora and CentOS before trasitioning over to RHEL to become a RHCE.
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post #7 of 11
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well... i was kinda thinking fedora seeing as how its basically redhat and redhat is very respected in the enterprise server stuff

but as far as aiming for the specific redhat or novell certs... they arent currently available to me so for right now its linux+/lpic-1 smile.gif
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Aiming for certs? Start off by learning Fedora and CentOS before trasitioning over to RHEL to become a RHCE.

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ill probably check out centos in a VM, and get fedora and suse up on a system, and maybe just throw in an ubuntu system because i can smile.gif sounds like a good plan to me
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I'd recommend RHEL, although repositories can be a bit trickier to get at, it is working well for me here at work where I put it in as a postfix server for doing mailshots so that our main windows servers weren't interrupted.
    
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