Linux-What do you need to know before getting it?

This is a discussion on Linux-What do you need to know before getting it? within the A Brief History of Cprogramming.com forums, part of the Community Boards category; i reccomend slackware. i learned faster on SW than i ever did on RH/Mandrake/Gentoo...

  1. #16
    RoD
    RoD is offline
    Redundantly Redundant RoD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    6,331
    i reccomend slackware. i learned faster on SW than i ever did on RH/Mandrake/Gentoo

  2. #17
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    494
    i used mandrake 10 for 5-6 months, its good, has all the compilers you'll ever need lol for every "popular" language. but i havent used it now because i got tired of dual booting this thing.
    When no one helps you out. Call google();

  3. #18
    RoD
    RoD is offline
    Redundantly Redundant RoD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    6,331
    Just saw your replies to my length of download times. Im on a regular old comcast cable connection, around ~3.5-4mb per sec download

  4. #19
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    California
    Posts
    3,263
    My personal preference is Core, but it's not friendly to new linux users.

  5. #20
    UT2004 Addict Kleid-0's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    656
    With whatever distro you get, you can customize your GUI anyway you want:
    http://home.centurytel.net/ravenz/buggy1.jpg
    btw I'm viewing Dave Sinkula's code from the C Programming forum. He always does a really good job.

    The great thing about Debian is the apt-get, it makes it so EASY to install new software. Like let's say one day you wanted a program like Photoshop (theGIMP):
    Code:
    apt-get install gimp
    Then once the procedures are done (downloaded/installed) you go like this:
    Code:
    gimp
    The program starts and you can enjoy the spawns of open source beauty!

  6. #21
    Registered User Scribbler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Aurora CO
    Posts
    266
    Quote Originally Posted by Kleid-0
    The great thing about Debian is the apt-get, it makes it so EASY to install new software. Like let's say one day you wanted a program like Photoshop (theGIMP):
    Code:
    apt-get install gimp
    Then once the procedures are done (downloaded/installed) you go like this:
    Code:
    gimp
    The program starts and you can enjoy the spawns of open source beauty!
    SuSE and Fedora both support Apt-Get now too with apt4rpm.

    Additionally, Synaptic (for Gnome) and Kynaptic (KDE) make apt-get easier to use as it gives you a gui frontend to apt-get so you can look at a glance which rpm's are obsolete, have updates available, already installed, not installed etc... so you don't have to query them all manually.

  7. #22
    ---
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    1,379
    gentoo also has something similar to that (its been a while since ive used it)

  8. #23
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    277
    If you are new to linux I would recommend Ubuntu it uses the Debian Linux concept but release you from that crappy installer, also has a shorter development cycle wich means more updates. It was elected the Distro of the Year last year. It surely worth try. Slackware is also great for learning but can be painfull sometimes, I've never tried gentoo (by the way I've burnt it but had no time to install yet).

  9. #24
    ... kermit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    1,528
    Quote Originally Posted by sand_man
    gentoo also has something similar to that (its been a while since ive used it)
    emerge <package name>

  10. #25
    I like code Rouss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    131
    Quote Originally Posted by Scribbler
    SuSE and Fedora both support Apt-Get now too with apt4rpm.
    And Slackware has slapt-get now... Don't have slack, so I don't know if it is all that great. But the name is cool.

  11. #26
    BMJ
    BMJ is offline
    Banal internet user BMJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Chicagoland
    Posts
    1,380
    Stop being nerds and just use Windows like the rest of us!

    Did I just troll?

    edit: 56k lololol; and RoD, I hope "To error is human, but to get even, now thats devine." is intentionally retarded.
    Last edited by BMJ; 01-28-2005 at 10:06 AM.

  12. #27
    Cat without Hat CornedBee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Posts
    8,893
    Gentoo guy myself. Tried Debian first, but managed to screw it up completely.

    Gentoo is really fun even if you have just a little experience in Linux. But you need to be the kind of freak who enjoys messing with configuration files for hours if you want to use it without knowing a good deal about Linux first. You also need to be ready to start over completely a few times. (I believe I'm on my third installation on my Laptop.)
    All the buzzt!
    CornedBee

    "There is not now, nor has there ever been, nor will there ever be, any programming language in which it is the least bit difficult to write bad code."
    - Flon's Law

  13. #28
    fuh
    fuh is offline
    Attack hamster fuh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    176
    Quote Originally Posted by CornedBee
    But you need to be the kind of freak who enjoys messing with configuration files for hours if you want to use it without knowing a good deal about Linux first.
    I think that would be fun
    Hey, why are you looking at me funny? I think that might be the distro I get.

    btw, pretty much nobody has told me what I should do right after I get Linux. Is that something I'm supposed to figure out myself? Oh well, when I get Linux I guess I'll find out.
    Stupid things pop singers say

    "I get to go to lots of overseas places, like Canada."
    - Britney Spears

    "I love what you've done with the place!"
    -Jessica Simpson upon meeting the Secretary of Interior during tour of the White House

  14. #29
    Cat without Hat CornedBee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Posts
    8,893
    Well, that depends what you want to do with that Linux. Do you want to set up a server/router? Do you want to set up a workstation?

    I currently manage two Linux computers. One is my laptop, and it's a work computer, but also a multimedia station. I put Totem (a Xine-based video player), XMMS (music player) and a few minor games on it (Enigma is pretty brilliant). I installed Gnome2 as a desktop environment. I put OpenOffice and Gimp on the computer, jEdit, various other programmer's editors that I wanted to try. And I installed a LAMP system, so I could try out web stuff that I was developing.
    And then I played a lot with getting the laptop-specific things to work.

    On the server, I installed the Samba server, Apache, rsync, Tomcat, FTP, a mail server, ...
    All the things that could do things in the background for me.
    I didn't play with that system, because I need it stable.
    All the buzzt!
    CornedBee

    "There is not now, nor has there ever been, nor will there ever be, any programming language in which it is the least bit difficult to write bad code."
    - Flon's Law

  15. #30
    fuh
    fuh is offline
    Attack hamster fuh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    176
    I'm just looking to use it for pretty much everything I do currently on Windows like program, make images, and play a few games. You've already told me a lot that I need to know for this but I am still looking for anything useful or interesting to install.
    Stupid things pop singers say

    "I get to go to lots of overseas places, like Canada."
    - Britney Spears

    "I love what you've done with the place!"
    -Jessica Simpson upon meeting the Secretary of Interior during tour of the White House

Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Popular pages Recent additions subscribe to a feed

Similar Threads

  1. Thinking of upgrading to linux...
    By Yarin in forum General Discussions
    Replies: 37
    Last Post: 07-24-2009, 12:40 PM
  2. Wireless Network Linux & C Testbed
    By james457 in forum Networking/Device Communication
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-11-2009, 12:03 PM
  3. Dabbling with Linux.
    By Hunter2 in forum Tech Board
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 04-21-2005, 05:17 PM
  4. installing linux for the first time
    By Micko in forum Tech Board
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 12-06-2004, 05:15 AM

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21