OS Opinions?

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What is the EASIEST distro to learn Linux with?

Also, where can I find some Linux tutorials? I'm looking for tutorials written in layman's terms, not a bunch of command line junk ;]

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Yeah, I know... we have too many computers...

So basically, I rounded up all our old PCs to see what's worth keeping. So far, I've completely restored 2 of them back to day one. One of them was already running XP, the other was running 98, so I installed XP on it. The one that came with XP I decided to "Vista-ize" using CharredPC's WinXP Overhaul Guide. Check out my pics, and then make sure you check out his I'ble, I definately reccomend it.

Anyway, down to business. Okay, so 1 machine is running XP in the guise of Vista. I like it so far. But what about the other four? Well, let's not get too carried away. I know that at least one other works, so let's get started with that...

I want to make the other working PC to run some sort of Linux. Probably Ubuntu, based on research thus far. But, what better way to get feedback then from the Instructables community?

So what do you guys think? Which version of Linux do you like best? Which ones can I make look like Vista, XP, or Mac OS X?

As for the other three PCs... one of them I want to gut and salvage parts to make a NES PC for my brother (okay, I might use it too...) I'll probably get a version of Linux for that, too; maybe DSL.

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ikem9 years ago
You want an opinion what linux-distribution to choose?

The only advice i can give to you is, try them out and find the distro that fits your needs. If no distro fits your needs, choose the one that is closest to your needs and no, not one distro will fit all your needs in default, you must always tweak them (sometimes more, sometimes less).

1. Try the common:
*Ubuntu
*Fedora
*OpenSuse

2. Try the not so common:
*Zenwalk
*Slackware

I tried all the distros mentioned above, in default i find Zenwalk very coherent, but for me, the software-repository is to small, so i went to his "father" Slackware. That is the Linux what i am actually using. If you want to try them out, use one of his derivates, Slax.

A good starting point for investigations for a specific distro
http://distrowatch.com/

GNU/Linux distro timeline
http://futurist.se/gldt/
Labot2001 (author)  ikem9 years ago
Thanks! It's been a while since I posted this topic; I'm actually using Fedora 9 right now, and I love it!
ikem Labot20019 years ago
:)
xACIDITYx9 years ago
For old computers, Xubuntu is pretty good. If they're not too-too old, you could try installing Fedora9 to their HDD. If they can boot from USB, buy a 512 and put slax on it following littlechef's instructable and just leave the USB drive in it.
Doctor What9 years ago
Linux, because the penguin is so cute.
not all linuxes have cute penguins
Labot2001 (author)  tech-king9 years ago
Suse has a lizard.
yeah. but the lizard is cute too
Labot2001 (author)  tech-king9 years ago
Aye, but still not a penguin =]
so what. its cute, and suse is one of the easiest to use
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