Which Linux version to buy?

Which Linux version to buy?

Post by Senec » Mon, 05 Jan 2004 07:31:28

I am building a couple of new systems (just hobbyist stuff) and am thinking
about making one of them a Linux box. I'm aware there are different versions
of Linux and that's about ALL I know about it. Any help, advice, suggestions
or comments would be much appreciated.

This would be for a home system with fairly usual activities in mind: Web
surfing, word processing, spreadsheeting, image editing, networking with
existing Windows machines (XP, 2000Pro, WinME and Win98SE). Compatibility
with Word 2002 and Excel 97 would be strongly desired, and Photoshop too if

Any good links for a rank newbie at Linux appreciated also. TIA.


Which Linux version to buy?

Post by Bit Twiste » Mon, 05 Jan 2004 07:57:55

Other people's Free advice:
http://www.yqcomputer.com/ ~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
http://www.yqcomputer.com/ ;--- Advanced Usenet Usage
http://www.yqcomputer.com/ ;--- Good Usenet etiquette

and a very large Frequently Asked Questions (faq) search engine
key words(s) in the first box
*linux* in the Newsgroup box, pick english

The best one is the one that fits your needs.

Here, read for yourself.
http://www.yqcomputer.com/ +linux+distribution

For hardware compatibility


Which Linux version to buy?

Post by Rich Web » Mon, 05 Jan 2004 09:07:14

Go to www.distrowatch.com and read their comments about the various
options. Don't "buy" right off -- although once you settle in on a
favorite, financial help would be a Good Thing -- but rather get the
available distros as ISO files and check out a couple.

You might want to start with the Knoppix CD. It can be run from a
bootable CD; nice way to just get the flavor and also handy to have.

Rich Webb Norfolk, VA

Which Linux version to buy?

Post by Net Reside » Mon, 05 Jan 2004 09:32:34

This is the position I agree with, find something that you are
comfortable with and *then* reciprocate by joining the distro
manufacture's club or by buying the distro you perfer etc. Freedom needs
fiscal support :) Of course if you're just well off then feel free to
buy right off the bat :p

Which Linux version to buy?

Post by Dennis Car » Mon, 05 Jan 2004 11:35:27

One user I defenestrated is using KDE on Mandrake 9.2, and having little
to no trouble with it. Except a seeming lack of text2speech software.

Dennis Carr - XXXX@XXXXX.COM | I may be out of my mind,
http://www.yqcomputer.com/ | But I have more fun that way.