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Hey everyone, starting to learn some linux stuff in school, so I figure it would be a good idea to set up some distros and test them out to see some differences and just different environments.

I know most of you would recommend doing a dual boot, but for now while I play around learning the different environments, im going to use virtual machines. Once I get more familiar with things and find something I really like, I will then set up a dual boot and such.

Decided to try kubuntu first since a lot of people are saying it has a nice gui, figure its a nice easy one to start, ebfore getting into cli-only installs.

Are there any other suggestions on maybe some distros to try out? I've also got a centOS iso that were using at school.

Lastly, what kind of resources should I allocate for each image? I wouldnt expect heavy usage, but any guidelines? do multiple cores help with things or is 1 core fine?

Thanks for reading and I will most likely ask more help later on. Cheers !
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The reason everyone recommends dual booting is simple: you're getting real experience with the real problems and enjoyments of Linux when you dual boot. At least that's what I gather from reading the other similar thread "Linux noob, wanting to learn" (read it). I avoided VMs because people told me the same and to be honest I didn't see the point of VMing anyway in this case.

Free bump though for someone else to answer your questions.
     
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Linux Mint. Is another good starter project. I recommend it more so than any of the *buntu clones.

Try Suse/Fedora if you want. Find something you like and learn it. All these distributions have lots of common ground-the main difference you'll see at a GUI level is the package handling.

Some distributions can be glitchy under VM, FYI.
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Alright, I figure it will be easier to look up info online about linux commands/problems than trying to get the NIC to work in linux. Theres no guarantee that it will work right off the bat, so I would have to keep switching into windows just to find info about something.

I will try it once i've gotten my feet a bit wet, or if I am finding a lot of problems using a VM I will just switch to dual boot.

Is there huge differences between gnome and kde?? or might as well dabble in both environments?
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Ubuntu is mainly what I use myself... although I plan on trying other linux distro later on. Ubuntu seems to have the best support, linux wise as far as drivers. But I may be wrong.
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Alright, I figure it will be easier to look up info online about linux commands/problems than trying to get the NIC to work in linux. Theres no guarantee that it will work right off the bat, so I would have to keep switching into windows just to find info about something.

I will try it once i've gotten my feet a bit wet, or if I am finding a lot of problems using a VM I will just switch to dual boot.

Is there huge differences between gnome and kde?? or might as well dabble in both environments?
True but there's good odds if it's not Ralink (person experience) it will work. The main things you'll need are ndiswrapper (spelling) and the associated things(Ubuntu should have a help file on it thats really simple to follow). With VM you'll likely run into the same problems the other guy (I'm assuming you read that thread) doing Linux through a VM ran into. These will not be the same problems you'll have as actually running it.

The best I can put it is that Gnome will feel like the OSX of Linux DEs with KDE being the Windows of DEs. This is not a perfect example but rough since I feel that Gnome and KDE are far better than either of their non-Linux origin comparisons are. It is best though to "dabble" with both as the whole point is freedom of choice. There are even more DEs and window managers besides those two. So if they don't appeal to you have a look around at the "Show your Linux" thread.
     
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post #7 of 12
Many Ralinks are built into the kernel now actually.

Also if you're using CentOS at school why not run the same thing at home?
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i would assume you are running centos at school because its a class geared towards the red hat certs?

centos is basically red hat enterprise linux, just with the copy right stuff taken out to make it free... its 100% free, you can download it and install it anywhere you want... i believe it uses gnome by default but as with any linux OS you can switch to whatever desktop environment you want and can run kde if you so choose...

another good option if that is the case is fedora because fedora is basically a more community version built off the red hat base... its not as so close to redhat as centos is... but its a nice desktop linux os its what ive been running lately and its definitely not bad

it might be better if you told us what you want to learn/accomplish...
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I use Fedora at home, and it's strikingly similar to RHEL/CentOS in its internals, since they're pretty much parallel projects, so things you might learn on Fedora will transfer over pretty well.

As for NICs, the only wired NIC I know of that doesn't work is the Killer NIC (and maybe it does by now). Wireless, you have only about an 85% chance of it working out of the box.

You may find more useful info on the links in my sig.
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using a debian based distro for home practice if you are aiming for redhat stuff... they are both linux yeah, the command line works the same, they can use the same programs and desktop environments... but the guts and internals are just different enough to throw you for a loop once you start doing advanced stuff lol

debian stuff: ubuntu, mint, #! and such

redhat stuff: centos, fedora

the biggest thing that would kill ya using ubuntu for home and centos at school, is the package managers arent the same centos uses rpm, ubuntu uses dpkg... its NEEDED to learn both really, but its much easier to learn one then adapt your knowledge to the other
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