Need suggestion on linux distro to use!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by prostuff1, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. prostuff1 macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2005
    Don't step into the kawoosh...
    I am a n00b when it comes to linux and i am looking for suggestions on what one(s) to try. I have no idea which one to try. I have done some reading and found there are many different versions out there but i have no idea which one(s) to try.

  2. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    you could try the live Ubuntu CD to get your feet wet.

  3. Chacala_Nayarit macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2005
    Lakewood, Washington
    A newbie's distro, the best: Suse 10.0

    A few others for newbies: Fedora Core 4, Mandriva
  4. khammack macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2004
    Portland, OR
    Seconded. Debian in general is excellent, Ubuntu is an offshoot designed with the casual desktop user in mind.

    I'd say SuSE is a close second.

  5. shadowmoses macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2005
    I'd go for mandriva 2006, its easy to set up and works very well,

  6. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    Do any of these suggestions run an older PowerPC systems, such as the PM 9600?
  7. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    I'm a big fan of Gentoo and LFS (Linux from Scratch).

    IMO those two distros are the best ones for learning from, but the installs are most definately not for the faint of heart or for people who hate to RTFM. Granted, if you struggle through it, you'll learn a hell of a lot more than you will by just popping in a LiveCD and fooling around with things. Then again, it will drive you crazy if you're not used to the command prompt (or if you really hate it)

    But for starters, you can try Ubuntu or Knoppix, both those LiveCDs are cool. CentOS, Fedora Core, Mandriva, SUSE and Debian are fine as well. If you're not ready to start installing things, there's a huge list of Linux LiveCDs over at so check those out. There's a ton of them, everything from the Slax KillBill LiveCD to GamesKnoppix and others. Just boot from them and you should be ready to go with minimal reconfiguration.

    Oh wait, forgot my obligatory *BSD speech too. Then again, OS X would technically fall under that category.

    Oh, and don't forget, you NEED to get the PPC version of the installer/CDs/documentation because it will differ slightly from the x86 stuff. Not many distros out there do have PPC versions, but Debian, Ubuntu and Gentoo do, and there's also a PPC only distro called YellowDogLinux you might want to check out.
  8. SummerBreeze macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Yeah, definitely give live cds a try. That way you can figure out how well it will work with the system you have, see if you really feel like installing it, and go from there.

    I've got Mepis installed on my older PC. It has been working well for me, although I must say that I don't use Linux that often. I turn it on every once in awhile to play around, but it's pretty much a geeky little experiment.

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