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I have used windows for the past 5 years (new to computers)
and am tired of it crashing.
I understand linux is stable and takes up less room.
Where can I go (site) to learn more on how to learn it and switch?
I'm new to this and don't have a clue about linux but am willing to learn.I hope it supports multimedia;but I need it mainly for office work/files/word processing etc...I'll probably end up dual booting - linux for work/windows for multimedia

amd athlon xp/512 ddram/40 gigs/win 98se/

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Well linux is different from windows. Thats the easiest way to say it. What to consider about linux is that although it is less crash prone then windows (lol almost typed windoze ^.^) It is a system that will take time to get up and running. Its not a 2 hour install process. If your using something like windows 95 98 or me, yes those are crash prone. But 2000 and Xp are fairly stable as os's far better then 95 or 98 ever were. Thats a option to consider, Its a bit to upgrade but one that you might want to consider.

However, if you do really want to try linux. Then continue to read on and welcome to the most common conversion reason :). Linux is a wonderful operating system for anyone looking for something new, and is willing to learn. You can be a veteran at windows, and once you step foot in linux your completely new to computers again.

As far as reading about it (borrowed from lynch's sigs) intro 1 ,Intro 2 ,bash commands and of course iso images with boards about each distro, so you can accumulate info from the board, and from the links to the various versions.

If you have further questions please do ask. We'll help all that we can.
 

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Linux is (almost) perfect ! You cannot compare it with Window$ !

Here are some (of my preferred) links:

1) I use (5+ yrs) RedHat distro - very good, and reliable:
http://www.redhat.com

2) Lots of projects about what you need (incl. scientific)
http://freshmeat.net

3) Lot of info in free books at:
http://www.tcfb.com/freetechbooks/booklinux.html

4) Lots of hot and interesting stuff at:
http://www.newsforge.com/

5) News about Linux/ Unix at:
http://www.slashdot.org

6) after a while you'll need to made a GUI, so check site below, for Qt :
http://www.trolltech.com

Regards,
Liviu
 

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Debian <debian.org> is actually a very good choice for people new to linux, if you get over the installer hump. The main advantages are that much of the crappy parts of linux are fixed with debian. Their packaging system is superb, and they really should be applauded for that. It resolves all dependancies automaticaly!
 

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Well there are a few that have ways to determine what dependices you have and download and install them automatically.

Gentoo (yes i talk about it the most because i use it) with the emerge command does just that. emerge sync (you just updated all the packages that were done since you last did it) emerge samba, boom you have the latest packaged samba for gentoo. You also have emerge -u world (updates to the latest stable (can be a downgrade at times) so if you just want to go up you use -U. Debian's is no doubt the same just with a different way of going about it.

It does make things a good bit easier on the user, and you don't have to do as much searching around for where this package is.
 

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Originally posted by tsunam:


As far as reading about it (borrowed from lynch's sigs) intro 1 ,Intro 2 ,bash commands and of course iso images with boards about each distro, so you can accumulate info from the board, and from the links to the various versions.

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Plagiarism!:eek: :eek: :p
Feel free to spread the word.;)
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what machine are you running it on white, I assume its the laptop your talking about?
 

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hehe true, on this computer (p3 500) It took 51 hour to build xfree and kde. If that's any indication ^.^. Definitly be a bit long er on a laptop, and if i remember right you use it for work, so having it gone for that long would be a bad thing.
 
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