OS ideas

By vhunter ยท 10 replies
Nov 30, 2005
  1. I am getting fed up with Windows, so I want to get another OS. I've been looking at Fedora Core 4, so I would appreciate it very much if you could give feedback on what you like about this OS, or some other Linux distros that you feel worthy of mentioning.
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    Ubuntu seems to be a popular choice for people just venturing into the linux world.
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Fedora/RedHat (still) is the de facto standard of Linux and is supported by almost every piece of Linux software. That's pretty much all you can like about Fedora. IMHO it is buggy as hell and not as streamlined as other distros :\

    Other user friendly Linuxes:
    Ubuntu (Debian for Dummies)
    SuSE (The only enterprise grade distro besides RedHat)
    Mandriva (The pioneer of user-friendliness)
  4. smtkr

    smtkr TS Rookie Posts: 131

    Yeah, it is a dummed down version of Debain, but for a clean install, I would pick it over Debian because the releases are more current and I don't have to spend the next month applying updates, etc.
  5. vhunter

    vhunter TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 84

    I've heard that Ubuntu has a Live CD available for download, so I would think that this would give me a chance to get used to Linux before I decide to switch to it. I'm probably going to run off of the Live CD for a while to get the feel of Linux.
  6. smtkr

    smtkr TS Rookie Posts: 131

    Yes, you can get a LiveCD for ubuntu and probably derivatives like kubuntu, edubuntu, et al
  7. deki

    deki TS Rookie Posts: 25

    I have latest Debian Sarge on laptop, it runs perfectly, I picked it among 20
    different distros as most reliable one. What I would do is try to read reviews,
    make sure hardware is supported and test out every version by acctually
    installing them, most of them have ftp install, where you can install only basic stuff very fast if you have DSL or Cable. LiveCD is not the best way to
    properly test the OS to meet you needs.
  8. kens8

    kens8 TS Rookie Posts: 54

    I used to use FC4, but I couldn't get it stable enough for everyday use. I'm using SUSE 10 now and the only problem I had was a bad video driver, which was easily fixed with a more current driver. Aside from that, it runs like a dream. SUSE does have a Live CD that you can download and run for a while to see if you like it.

    Also, check out http://www.distrowatch.com.
  9. kayway8

    kayway8 TS Rookie

    Has anyone heard anything eles about the rumored Google OS?
  10. smtkr

    smtkr TS Rookie Posts: 131

    forget about it. I realize that everyone has a hardon for google, but google is too far behind in the OS game to compete. The options are to write one from scratch (years of development time, even for google) or to make a linux distro, which would just be another flavor and pretty pointless with such mature platforms as Ubuntu. And, you have to compete with the ridiculous base that Microsoft has in the market.
  11. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Just like Ubuntu is Debian for Dummies and not a real distro, Google could put together Slackware for Dummies or NetBSD for Dummies or whatever in a year. Doesn't take that much effort to make a pretty frontend to a mature platform.

    For a dumbuser, it doesn't matter what is under the hood - if it's user-friendly and Just Works (TM), then they are happy.
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