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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by DeadMansLife, Feb 7, 2005.
What is the best free Linux program for a Linux newbie?
99% of them are free
Fedora (I think) is pretty decent for the average user
Try them all ;f
knoppix to try it out.
fedora, suse, or mandrake to install it.
One CD,free download,runs live from CD and/or can be installed on hard drive,XFLD ftp://ftp.fsn.hu/pub/CDROM-Images/xfld/0.2/xfld-0_2-en.iso
For a smaller,faster download,This one is about half of a CD ftp://ftp.berlios.de/pub/rainbow/MCNLive_Haarlem.iso
slax fits on the little bitty cd's (live slackware based distro)..
There are a few good ones based on Slackware but I don't think I'd recomend them to begin.That one is based on Mandrakelinux 10.1 with kernel 2.6.10.
That one is minus the server,development and foreign language packages.So it's fairly complete while keeping a small size.
I plan on installing it on a slave drive and booting from either the CD or floppy. Will this work?
Yes that will work.Some Linux's are easier to make a boot floppy than others.
If you choose XFLD the installation is very easy and it allows you to install the bootloader to a floppy without overwriting your Windows boot record.You can run the CD before the install to see if it supports your sound card,etc.I'm typing from it now on my second hard drive.It comes with almost 3 cd's worth of software compressed on one CD.
What file system is best, FAT32 or NTFS???
Linux uses different file systems from Windows."ext2" and "ext3" are common.
Thanks WDC. Off to Linux Land
Here is a very recent manual for Knoppix.Everything in it will apply to XFLD.It's in PDF. http://ftp.wustl.edu/pub/linux/distributions/knoppix/knowing-knoppix_2004-12-30.pdf
I use FC3 as my primary OS.
I've recently docked onto my hard drive Dynebolic (http://www.dynebolic.org) , which is a multimedia-oriented live-CD. Very nice, supports X-Box, clustering, live streaming (as a server), etc.
I have dynebolic 1.4 now.The latest one is not on all servers ftp://ftp.mirrorservice.org/sites/www.dynebolic.org/dynebolic-1.4.iso Also StreamBox Live is a music player based on Dynebolic and Knoppix http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/streambox/streambox-v1.2.5.iso?download
You will many, many distributions and many, many opinions on the subject.
Personally, I am running Ubuntu Linux (http://www.ubuntulinux.org/). There is even a good Live CD that you can try it out on your machine before installing. I used to use Mandrake 10.1. It seemed like another good newbie Linux distro.
I'd recommend downloading Knoppix from linuxISrg. You can burn it to CD and run it from the same. It's a little slow when you run it from CD, but it's fun to play around with and you can save your changes to a 3.5" floppy to use again. If you like it it's very easy to install, especially with a second HDD, as I have done. I'm running version 3.2, and I think the current version is 3.6 or 3.7. If you decide to go that route, and the installation procedure is the same, I'd be more than happy to write out better instructions than you can find on the 'net. I find that most Linux sites explain things like the intended audience is already proficient in Linux lingo.
Linuxiso http://www.linuxiso.org hasn't been updated in a while.Distrowatch is up to date http://www.distrowatch.com The Knoppix hard disk installer has been changed/improved since version 3.4 or so.There is a manual of sorts for Knoppix available in PDF http://ftp.wustl.edu/pub/linux/distributions/knoppix/knowing-knoppix_2004-12-30.pdf Kanotix is based om Knoppix with better hardware detection and more up to date kernel http://kanotix.com/info/index.php I really like XFLD it's Knoppix with a slicker desktop that runs fater http://www.xfld.org/Xfld/en/index.html A new Mepis will be released next week http://www.mepis.org/ MCNLive is half of a CD has everything on it and is very easy to use and based on Mandrakelinux http://home.tiscali.nl/berenstraat/