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Old 14. Feb 2013, 12:03 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I thought many times about posting Puppy Linux here, but decided not to, since OP obviously wants to look at serious choices to install on the hard drive, and trying out Linux as an alternative OS for the system. But since you mentioned it, I will too.

While Puppy Linux might not be the right distro for serious OS usage, but I think I will recommend it to a beginner who wanted to try out Linux, or just wanted to see what it was all about, or just get a taste of it.

If anyone as a beginner just wanted to try out Linux, before going in for more serious heavyweight choices, I think Puppy is great. It is small to download, and I think it will run without problems on older machines too. To just see what's Linux like, and to get a good taste of it, Puppy Linux is a great starter.
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Old 14. Feb 2013, 12:10 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Puppy linux is an outstanding distro. Its very light weight and can actually be ran straight off a USB drive and is able to save all changes to that USB drive, actually Bodhi can also be setup to do this. With that said, both are very different than what a user would experience with Mint or Zorin in fact Zorin advertises its Windows like desktop for those who are new to Linux.

What I recommend to those that are wanting to try Linux is one of the Mint distro's, that is if their hardware will support it. I tend to think Mint functions similar enough to Windows and therefore its less likely the experience will end in frustration and failure. Its also important to let people know that Linux is somewhat different than windows and that it takes a little time and patience to get the hang of it
Yes That is very true I have been using mint for awhile and have found it to be good I still dual boot win 7 but mint has become my prefered os I guess it is personal choice .
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Old 14. Feb 2013, 12:15 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Talking of firewals MC , do you use a firewall ? I was just thinking today wether it was foolish not to use a fire wall when using linux ? What are your thoughts ?
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Old 14. Feb 2013, 12:20 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Talking of firewals MC , do you use a firewall ? I was just thinking today wether it was foolish not to use a fire wall when using linux ? What are your thoughts ?
I tend to swap distros depending on what demands I get from visitors to demo an install. Most often the distro I'm running comes pre-installed with UFW and GUFW as a means of configuring it. I usually dump these and install Firestarter instead because although it is no longer supported I find it much easier to manage ICMP. Currently though I'm running Korora KDE which contains Shorewall. Only takes two clicks to configure this so this is what I've done. Incidentally, Korora also ships with SELinux which is another worthwhile security feature.
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I tend to swap distros depending on what demands I get from visitors to demo an install. Most often the distro I'm running comes pre-installed with UFW and GUFW as a means of configuring it. I usually dump these and install Firestarter instead because although it is no longer supported I find it much easier to manage ICMP. Currently though I'm running Korora KDE which contains Shorewall. Only takes two clicks to configure this so this is what I've done. Incidentally, Korora also ships with SELinux which is another worthwhile security feature.
I've seen Shorewall mentioned in a number of posts on various websites so I decided to investigate a little further. How to Shorewall

Although Linux is far safer than Windows (Win 7 is much improved) Its still vulnerable especially when giving root permissions to various applications.
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Old 14. Feb 2013, 11:56 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Wow. I gotta say this is quite an outpouring of helpful information. I've never had so many people be so eager to help.

Puppy Linux huh? Sounds cute! And slightly furry. I may actually try that one first if it can be run off a USB stick.

Thanks guys! ^_^
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Old 15. Feb 2013, 09:20 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Puppy Linux huh? Sounds cute! And slightly furry. I may actually try that one first if it can be run off a USB stick.
I think that all versions of Puppy Linux can be run from USB. And they are based on Buntu, Slackware, Debian, even Arch ...
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Old 16. Feb 2013, 12:44 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Mint Cinnamon was the first distro that I ever used, and the reason why I loved Linux so much. It's very much beginner friendly.
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Old 24. Feb 2013, 08:51 AM   #19 (permalink)
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An awful lot will also depend on the helpfulness of the User forums.
A really good starter linux distro IMHO is PCLinuxOS - (for me it simply works) - but the attitude of some of the forum members lets them down.
Kubuntu Linux has a superb forum - very friendly
SolusOS has a simply awesome main developer in Ikey... he regularly sits in the IRC chat channel and is willing to help users who can prove they have tired to help themselves
I have disto hopped a lot - I like playing
New to Linux... check out the forums first... are you going to get the help you need.
ps - never forget you can come back here and ask... I always forget - DOH!!! stupid Zeb...
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An awful lot will also depend on the helpfulness of the User forums.
This is a very good point and one we have raised here on more than one occasion. Worse still are the excellent distros that have little or no support at all including Voyager, AriOS and Luninux. To a point you can appreciate the time and commitment needed to do this by the developer but I don't buy the type of "this is based on Ubuntu, so you can use their forum" attitude. Folks like to feel "at home" with the ownership of their chosen distro and this includes getting support for it in a dedicated place.

The downside of a large subscriber forum such as Ubuntu or Mint is there's often an overdose of information. Use the search facility to narrow down the options though instead of trying to skip through the threads manually.

Bodhi and Korora also have excellent forums where you will receive prompt individual attention.

Typing this via a live session of Linux Mint 14 KDE having finally managed to work out there is a missing PPPoE driver from the default install which is why I couldn't connect via DSL last time I tried it. Having configured OK using pppoeconf however, I guessed it must be something simple and managed to download the missing driver using Software Manager and my mobile connection.

Say what you like folks but with every release Mint makes it very hard to look elsewhere, irrespective of your preferred desktop.
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