a linux question

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  1. russed macrumors 68000

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    hi, i have a p3 toshiba satellite pro and some random 700mhz desktop at home. what ever my dad does to them he alwys manages to screw them up so i spend half my time reformatting or repairing them when im at home. so here is the question. i want to put linux on them but which one? i need one that is easy to install as i have never really used linux apart from knoppix. also, is there anywhere i can download them from that is not an ftp? i say this because im at uni with a nice fast 10mbps connection but i cant get onto or download anything from ftp's as its not allowed and i dont fancy getting it while at home using a lovely slow dial up connection! oh and i dont fancy buying it either!
     
  2. JDar macrumors 6502a

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    Do some looking and find if the Toshiba is compatible. Many laptops are problematic in one way or another, and it might not be a fun first installation. The generic pc almost surely would take to some Linux distribution--easiest is buying a name brand such as Red Hat or SuSe, but you can find total free and legal downloads. It's a fun learning experience to get your first Linux machine going as you want it.
     
  3. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Fedora from RedHat should be one of the easiest to install and maintain...
     
  4. applemacdude macrumors 68040

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    SuSe Linux 9.1, And I can get it for you free...PM Me
     
  5. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    Uh, free versions of Linux aren't exactly difficult to come by. :D Fedora is free, for starters.
     
  6. caveman_uk Guest

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    SuSE don't distribute ISO's of their version for free. They do have all the packages on the CDs available via ftp but this means you'd have to do a 'NetInstall' type installation. Therefore Applemacdude's offer is a useful. Personally I too would recommend SuSE as the best of the commercial Linuxes (Lini???) - it always seemed the best for laptops in the past. I really liked Gentoo on x86 (before I switched) but that's hardly beginner stuff...
     
  7. russed thread starter macrumors 68000

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    ive added you to my PM list, when you are next on i will talk to you.
     
  8. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    I didn't know that. Fedora offers its ISOs for free - there's even a DVD image if you want it.
     
  9. benguru macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    In terms of easyness, use either Mandrake or Ferdora. I would recommend Fedora. If you want to use the command-line, then use Gentoo or Slackware
     
  10. Nermal Moderator

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    I highly recommend SuSE. They don't distribute their ISOs for free, but I believe the in-box licence allows you to copy the CDs and give them to friends. SuSE still makes money from retail sales, and the cheapskates (like me) get the stuff for free :)
     
  11. musicpyrite macrumors 68000

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    I'm a little cofused. Can't you download a copy of SuSE 9.1 here ?
    The only linux distros I have used are Knoppix, Red Hat, and Yellow Dog. (still having problems installing Peanut)


    BTW, does anybody know the plural of Linux? Linii?(virus is virii)
     
  12. rinseout macrumors regular

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    It used to be that the plural of "UNIX" was "Unices", so I imagine the plural of "Linux" would be "Linices", were a plural of Linux to make sense. As I understand it, pluralising Linux doesn't make sense since "Linux" refers to the kernel rather than a particular distribution. So what you probably mean to pluralise is "Linux distribution", which would be "Linux distributions" ;)
     
  13. applemacdude macrumors 68040

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    I think you can download the linux thru the internet but you pay for teh cd version...
     
  14. kenkooler macrumors regular

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    On laptops, usually Mandrake has better support. For desktops SuSE is nicer.
    Both are pretty easy to install.
     
  15. Roger1 macrumors 65816

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    I'm running Fedora on my laptop (PIII Omnibook) and it runs fine. I run redhat 7.5 on my desktop (PII 300MHz) and it seems to be ok. That's about the extent of my linux knowledge (for now).
     
  16. caveman_uk Guest

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    That's the live evaluation CD. It runs off the CD and isn't actually an installer disc. It's like Knoppix.
    The actual SuSE CD set is like 7 CDs or one DVD (at least the pro version is).

    Incidently. If you do go for SuSE, buy the pro upgrade version. It's the same CDs as the full pro version but doesn't come with a manual. It costs about half as much though...
     

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