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iamharish15

Broken In
I have only operated on windows platform till date, but now I also want to try Linux OS, but there are many Linux OS available such as RedHat Linux, Ubuntu, Linux Mint and so many... I am a beginner, so I want to know which Linus OS I should opt for and why? And what are the differences between them?
 

abhijangda

Padawan
Re: Which Linux to go for a beginner?

For an absolute beginner, try Linux Mint. You can also try Ubuntu after getting little exprience. Fedora, openSUSE are meant for advanced/experienced user. Although, a beginner can also use them but he will face problems.
 
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iamharish15

iamharish15

Broken In
Re: Which Linux to go for a beginner?

if they all are Linux, then why they have different names? what is the difference among them?
 

doomgiver

Warframe
Re: Which Linux to go for a beginner?

just visual style and a little bit of difference in high level working. deep down in the core, all linuxes(or lini) are equal.
 
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iamharish15

iamharish15

Broken In
Re: Which Linux to go for a beginner?

ok! thanks all. I am now thinking of using Linux Mint as I have a copy of it available. Let's see what I figure out about it.
 

doomgiver

Warframe
Re: Which Linux to go for a beginner?

good choice.
mint and ubuntu are quite similar, the major difference is cosmetic
 
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iamharish15

iamharish15

Broken In
Re: Which Linux to go for a beginner?

Nobody suggested RedHat Linux? Is it not in use or is it for advance user or what?
 

doomgiver

Warframe
Re: Which Linux to go for a beginner?

dunno, its quite old (as in long running) and oriented towards paid business users
 

sygeek

Technomancer
Re: Which Linux to go for a beginner?

Go for Gentoo, LOL!
I recommend you go for Pinguy OS instead of Ubuntu.
 

ssk_the_gr8

Make Way the LORD is Here
Re: Which Linux to go for a beginner?

Nobody suggested RedHat Linux? Is it not in use or is it for advance user or what?

you can say it's advanced... go with ubuntu... if there are any issues , there's a big community which will help you out....
 
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iamharish15

iamharish15

Broken In
Re: Which Linux to go for a beginner?

thanks all, well I have my exams this month, so I will use either ubuntu or mint after my exams.
 
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iamharish15

iamharish15

Broken In
re: Which Linux to go for a beginner?

I've been using Linux Mint 9 for 3 days. Its a nice experience, it is simple , user friendly and preloaded with most of the useful softwares, but I need to find drivers for my graphics card, bluetooth, wireless LAN,etc.
And Does Linux not run the .exe format?
 

krishnandu.sarkar

Simply a DIGITian
Staff member
re: Which Linux to go for a beginner?

^^Nope, .exe is executable file for Windows.

Though you can run it under Linux through Wine. But not all applications are supported.
 

nims11

BIOS Terminator
re: Which Linux to go for a beginner?

there are alternatives for most windows applications in LINUX.
 
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iamharish15

iamharish15

Broken In
re: Which Linux to go for a beginner?

ok. does that mean that I can't play games on Linux Mint? or there are other alternatives available?
 

ico

Super Moderator
Staff member
Re: Which Linux to go for a beginner?

can you run PS3 games on Xbox 360? can you run your Windows ".EXE" games on your Xbox 360? Nope.

So, Linux won't run Windows executable files. Find native games for Linux like "Urban Terror" or stick to Windows for gaming. Use Linux for everything else. You can try using WINE for running Windows softwares/games.

I've been using Linux Mint 9 for 3 days. Its a nice experience, it is simple , user friendly and preloaded with most of the useful softwares, but I need to find drivers for my graphics card, bluetooth, wireless LAN,etc.
1) Bluetooth and Wireless LAN should work out-of-the-box.
2) Which graphic card do you have?
3) You won't be installing your Windows "drivers" in Linux. This is a completely different Operating System ffs.
 
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