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post #1 of 32
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Im looking to try a coupple different distros of linux, 1 thats primarily for a server and then a typical end user one

for the server one i was suggested to try CentOS.

For the end user one i was thinking of either ubuntu or mint.

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post #2 of 32
Read sticky, honestly choose yourself. You shouldn't make comfort based decisions off of another persons opinion. At least I don't.... If you don't like Ubuntu just grab another, they are all online.
Edited by mushroomboy - 2/3/11 at 7:22pm
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post #3 of 32
hundreds of threads with answers but since this one is already made and here ill throw some stuff out

i believe mint is built off of ubuntu... and both are relatively easy distros for newer linux users... however it is all just what ya wanna use, could check out fedora or suse as well

on the server stuff... ive actually heard really good things about the ubuntu server edition... buuuut centos will be your best bet if you want something like what big businesses would use... basically centos is red hat enterprise linux with all of the copyright stuff torn out if you want to go even farther down the chain, fedora is like the community end with all community packages and stuff
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I would go CentOS/Fedora, or Debian/Arch.
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post #5 of 32
Greetz
I always recommend trying distros out with LiveCDs. They are much faster than a hdd install so you can try a lot of them.

Since Slackware is a great server as well as desktop distribution, you could get a feel for it with Slax LiveCD or Slax-Remix. They are easy to customize, add to and update as well as convert to USB or hdd install. Slax-Remix comes default with FireFox and Flash preinstalled so you can YouTube etc immediately. Look here -

http://www.slax.org/forum.php?action...parentID=70793
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Server cent, end user fedora.
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What are you wanting to learn?
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post #8 of 32
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Ok so i got CentOS running on an old server but i figured id try it on my laptop because the old server is painfully slow due to the fact that it is old

Went through the process without a hitch on the old server but i put the DVD in my laptop boot from it and i see the initial screen where it says press enter to install in graphical mode and then i get an error a couple seconds later that says Kernel Panic - Not Syncing: Fatal Exception and then it goes no further.
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post #9 of 32
Blindsay,

More than likely the CentOS kernel doesnt have enough driver support for your laptop. Did it give you any details on what caused the kernel panic? By any chance do you have a way to take a pic of the text on the screen and post it here?
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Originally Posted by kc-tr View Post
Blindsay,

More than likely the CentOS kernel doesnt have enough driver support for your laptop. Did it give you any details on what caused the kernel panic? By any chance do you have a way to take a pic of the text on the screen and post it here?
best i can do right now with my crappy phone lol
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