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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2005 9:21 pm 
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What OS are you guys running ?

I just recently switched to Linux (Ubuntu) from suffering under Windows XP.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 1:41 pm 
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W.F. is the man. Every post I have read by this guy has impressed me.

I run slackware current on my workstation as well as on my MythTY based media center PC. I also run an old knoppix-installed copy ov Debian on my spare pc.

My gf uses XP still, but as ov late she has been using my LX PC more and more often...


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 7:16 pm 
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xp.

just recovered from winlogon.exe worm: format c: (all my links are missing because i kept my mozilla folder there, (&#$@!)) and install windows.

i know that linux's better ;) if there was a full linux download with graphic interface i'd download it. i do not like to type any commands.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 8:32 pm 
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Knoppix Linux has a easy to use one-click installer that will run from a fully functional linux OS based desktop - all you need to do is insert the disk and wait 30 seconds for linux to boot from the CD. Once the desktop is running you can do everything that windows XP can, so there is no real need to install it except to speed up boot times... but in any case there is a link on the desktop to the install program.

http://www.coin-c.com/knoppix/images/in ... en-low.png

Mandrake Linux has an XP like installer called DrakX; It is xp-like in that you can't use the OS or desktop before you install OS, unlike knoppix where you don't even have to install anything to use everything - you just boot from the CD.

http://www.linux-mandrake.com/en/demos/ ... tall5.php3

Red hat Linux comes with a clone ov the mandrake installer.

http://www.kefk.net/Linux/Distributione ... t-0003.png

Xandros Linux comes with an even easier to use installer, but xandros costs as much as XP.

http://www.orbdesigns.com/bpages/2004/i ... st1003.png

Gentoo Linux has a GUI installer as well.

http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/releng/in ... elcome.png

All ov the GUI Linux installers are designed for mid level computer users. Slackware linux uses a text based installer - or rather more like old dosGW installer. It looks like a bios settings screen. I would suggest knoppix, because (as i have mentioned) YOU DON'T NEED TO INSTALL IT!!!

All you need to do is put the CD in the drive, restart and make sure that your PC is set to boot from the cdrom. If you are installing ANYTHING, (windows or linux) you will have to know how to set the boot flag in your bios - so...

...if you can do that, you are ready to use linux. Knoppix autodetects everything, there is no configuring anything. download the disk, burn it, and reboot. 30 seconds later, you are running linux, with no damage to your current OS installation. Once you use Linux a bit, you can decide if you are ready to install it, or take the disk out and reboot to return everything to the way it was. This is a deal you cannot get with any other computing platform - but I am almost 100% that if you *use* linux, you WILL install it.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 8:49 pm 
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Some recent distributions actually partitions your drivre automatically. A few also has Live disks, where you can try it out, without installing anything. I cant imagine they'd run very fast though, unless your computer is way hardcore.

mortishroom, thanks for the kind words :) How is slackware ? I've heard a lot say its basically the most stripped possible version of linux ?


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sounds like a plan! thanks!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 9:23 pm 
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I have knoppix 3.6. Version 4 was released about a month ago; I'll wait 6 months for 4.1 to come out before I download it again. 3.6 runs fine on an old 400mhz pentium 2 with 128 megs ov ram. It got kinda slugish when I put it on a new-in-box pentium MMX 200mhz with 32megs that I bought off ebay.

Before someone asks why I got a mmx200 off ebay. It was a factory sealed case ov 5 cpu's for 20 bucks, and I had 4 old motherboards I saved from the trash after they upgraded a bunch ov servers at work. I figured all I needed was 32 megs ov ram and an old cdrom to run knoppix, and I could have a spare PC. But, like I said - knoppix is sluggish on a mmx system build.

Slackware however, runs fine on the MMX. I think that answers the other part ov my reply. Yes, slack was the first linux distro ever. and not much has changed since it came out. It is very basic, very stable, and very fast. I started running slack because we have it on a bunch ov servers at work. They running headless, ov course. (that is to say in command line mode, with no GUI) I wouldn't say that Slack is command line only, but the command line plays a big part in Slack. The slack installer is command line only, and all ov slackware's configuration and settings files are stored in text files, so you can edit them from a command line editor, like VI or paco. I try to avoid all that tho. I like the GUI myself - and KDE at that. Most ov the settings and themes are set to 'redmund', and I use winE...

...visual and functionally the most microsoft windows-like environment you can get on a linux PC.


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