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Hi, I need help finding a good linux distribution for myself. I plan to use it mostly for writing code. I just starting learning about python and would like to code that on a linux machine. I currently code mostly in Java, but I also use pascal (old I know), C++, C#, VB, and some basics of web design. I use Eclipse, Visual Studio, and netbeans as my IDE's. I plan to dual boot windows 7 on a separate partition to code other languages and play games and stuff. I don't need linux to run any games or similar full screen applications. I just need it for simple stuff like coding and word processing and web browsing. Eclipse is my favorite IDE, so I'd really like linux to run it. The other two I can run on the Windows partition if needs be.

I'm new to linux and have been using windows for most of my life, but I really would like to get into it using it. Although I'm a linux noob try not to give me an distribution just because it's good for beginners.

I have one final question. I don't know if it's possible, but I'd like to be able to access files, such as music, on the windows partition from the linux partition and vice versa.

All recommendations are appreciated. Thank you.
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Linux Mint is pretty easy when it comes to noobs.
I started off with Ubuntu. But I pretty much took a nose dive into it.
With basically any Linux distro you choose, you will be able to access your files within Linux.
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Vice versa part with Windows accessing Linux would not be a choice idea though.
    
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Vice versa part with Windows accessing Linux would not be a choice idea though.
why not?
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I have one final question. I don't know if it's possible, but I'd like to be able to access files, such as music, on the windows partition from the linux partition and vice versa.
Use or save to a FAT32 or NTFS file system, then you'll easily be readable in Windows.
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why not?
Windows crawling through Linux is never good.
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Use or save to a FAT32 or NTFS file system, then you'll easily be readable in Windows.
Just do this. ^ Large data partition in FAT32 or NTFS and both will be happy.
    
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Use or save to a FAT32 or NTFS file system, then you'll easily be readable in Windows.
Ok thanks. That sounds good.

Still looking for recommendations for which distribution though.
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Ummm just store everything on the NTFS for sharing files, linux has full read/write support.

[edit] Oh, check TFB's sticky.
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[edit] Oh, check TFB's sticky.
Sry. Idk what TFB's sticky is.???
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post #10 of 44
If you go to the top of this Linux/Unix subforum, it's the first post, right at the top:

http://www.overclock.net/linux-unix/...nux-users.html

Personally I stick with distros based on Debian, but that's due to the fact of my general lack of Linux experience and laziness. apt-get is pretty sweet, though.

I'll probably give CrunchBang a quick spin in VM once I get home..
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