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New to Linux, some newbie questions.

Link to this post 29 Apr 11

To start off, I have no idea of which version to choose. I am very computer literate and am currently in college for Busniess Systems Networking/IT. The controller arm of my HDD just went out and while I can afford the new HDD I don't really have the cash to spare for another OS. HP will not send me a media disk for Vista and to be honest I would rather have Windows 7 than Vista. So it's a clean install.

Somethings I want to be able to do in Linux:

Develope apps
Program using Python, VB, C++, HTML and possibly Javascript
Browse the net
If possible, but not a big deal if I can't: Yahoo and MSN Instant Messenger

I am normally a Windows Junkie, even though this will be my first time using Linux I am sure I will be able to figure it out and learn about with ease.

The Specs of the PC (not sure if it matters)

500Gb HDD
8Gb of RAM
AMD Phenom quad core CPU
Nvidia 9500GS Graphics card 512Mb of dedicated graphics memory

I have read that some graphics cards are hit or miss with drivers. The PC is two years old so I am crossing my fingers.

Just a side question here: I don't hate Firefox, but it's not my browser of choice. Can I run IE on Linux? Specifically IE 9?

My instructor is a Mandriva fan, but I have heard mixed opinions about Mandriva, Unbuntu and Fedora from some of my classmates. If anyone could offer some insight to which version I should get with the information I have provided I would greatly appreciate it very much.

If you need to know anymore specifics just ask and I will be more than happy to to give them.

Link to this post 29 Apr 11

Howdy,

Your computing needs aren't too esoteric, so you'd be fine with just about any of the major Linux distros. The specs you've listed should not pose any probs for any current Linux distro. The first advice I'd give you is to try out the Live DVD version of the Linux distros you are interested in. Then, once you find the one you really like, you can opt to install it "permanently" to a hard drive.

Here's the link to Fedora's Live media:
http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora

Get Ubuntu here:
http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download

I haven't used Mandriva since before the turn of the century, so no comment there. There are many other great distros, too - i'm sure others will pipe up and pimp their faves.

Fedora/Ubuntu (and most other major distros) will have all the ready-to-install compilers and interpreters you'll need to get coding.

As for IE on Linux, I've used IEs4Linux (clever name!) in the past and it works great. certainly better than trying to use IE via Wine myself. But if you just keep trying FF, i'm sure you'll come around...

There are plenty of other web/internet-capable applications and means of navigating the web in Linux, so don't be worried there.

http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux

good luck!

Link to this post 29 Apr 11

Thanks a ton. I have been reading and I think I am going to try out Unbuntu. Firefox on Vista was a memory HOG, but my biggest peeve with it was when I was coding with HTML. I don't hate it, I just never really gave it a chance after that.

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Mortainous28 wrote:

Thanks a ton. I have been reading and I think I am going to try out Unbuntu. Firefox on Vista was a memory HOG, but my biggest peeve with it was when I was coding with HTML. I don't hate it, I just never really gave it a chance after that.

well if you DO give FF another shot, and you're a web developer, you have to try the FF add-on called Firebug:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/firebug/

it's been a real help to me. there's also one called Web Developer, i think, but i don't get as much use out of that one.

FF has been making improvements in memory usage, too, so maybe you'll get lucky w/the next version you try!

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My thought has always been that I don't have any objections to IE9, But i've not really turned back since firefox.

I've played with enough distros that allow Python that It's extremely common to find that almost all of them allow Python. I know that if you use Ubuntu and try Python on there, they even have a GUI Shell (Pyshell) that you can download form the Ubuntu Software Center. But in any case, just pick the one you like best because with the processing power and RAM you have, it shouldn't be a problem to run any of them efficently.

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*all that carry python include python sorry

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