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    red-hat 7.2 given to linux Virgin

    Hello everyone.
    I am what you would call a Linux Virgin.
    Oh and also a Forum Virgin
    I discovered Linux a couple months ago and educated myself by searching the web on my windows xp OS.
    So with all the new mind-blowing information, I managed to strike up a convo with a 50 year old programmer at the place I work. He was surprised I knew about Linux, and started asking me what version I used. I said I had not yet attained my own copy and was not so sure which one was right for me. I went the night before to my favorite electronic supply store and found out that SUSE was way beyond what I could afford at that moment. Then the day after I found a little box in my cubicle desk with a post-it that said “Try this”. It was the red-hat 7.2 pack that my programmer friend gave me. So with that story out of the way...my question is should I load it? I know the version is a little old and I have heard of some major security probs with red-hat, not that it even compares to the ones I have encountered with the infamous XP....blah. So if anyone could let me know what they think about red-hat 7.2, and if they prefer another version, I would be happy to hear your advice. ;D

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    Re:red-hat 7.2 given to linux Virgin

    HI ;D ;D

    IMO I think you shouldn't your just going to run into too many problems, especially (spelling ???) on newer hardware.

    But what I do suggest is get fedora http://fedora.redhat.com and start there, if you have access to xDSL or cable download that one, if you don't ask someone to download it for you.

    Here are some helpful liks you might want to bookmake

    www.linuxjunior.org ;D Geat place to ask for help
    http://www.tldp.org/ lots of tutorials
    http://rute.2038bug.com/rute.html.gz online book
    www.freshrpms.net good plce to get hold of apt-get
    http://www.linux-tutorial.info/ another good tutorial site
    http://linuxjunior.org/cgi-bin/pet/pet.cgi linux junior PET (Plain English Tutorial)
    www.google.com/linux
    http://icculus.org/lgfaq/gamelist.php (Games list)
    www.winehq.com (windows emulator) wotk good dont try runing kazaa
    http://linuxshop.ru/linuxbegin/win-l...en/table.shtml equivalents / replacements / analogs of Windows software in Linux.
    http://www3.telus.net/ra11le/anti-stress-large.jpg anti-stress

    Hope This helps You
    Michael

    ;D

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    Re:red-hat 7.2 given to linux Virgin

    Hi,

    I guess to learn, RH 7 7.2 will be ok.

    If you ever want to get a newer version, post in the "Get your distros here" thread. Since most linux distributions are free, many members of LJR are usually willing to burn a copy of a newer distro and mail it just for postage.


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    [quote author=trickster link=board=7;threadid=8153;start=0#msg74137 date=1069249407]
    Hi,

    I guess to learn, RH 7 7.2 will be ok.

    If you ever want to get a newer version, post in the "Get your distros here" thread. Since most linux distributions are free, many members of LJR are usually willing to burn a copy of a newer distro and mail it just for postage.


    [/quote]

    Yes, "to learn" RH 7.2 will be fine. However, don't expect free and clear sailing. The linux desktop has come a LONG way in the last few years. I've been using it for 3 years now and have watched it go from barely functional to extremely robust. You'd be much better off going with Fedora as MJ recommended.

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    Hello,
    RedHat 7.2 was great as far as I was concerned. almost as good as redhat 7.3 which was very nice.

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    Fedora is exellent, Mandrake 9.2 is probably the best first timer distro I've seen so far though.

    I would go with something current just to have the lastest and the easiest - especially if one plans to go with GNOME based distros like RedHat - one would wants to avoid GNOME 1.4 as it's quite a horrible experience for the first timer,

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    [quote author=pbharris link=board=7;threadid=8153;start=0#msg74140 date=1069256384]
    Hello,
    RedHat 7.2 was great as far as I was concerned. almost as good as redhat 7.3 which was very nice.

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    Well put. I think the 7.x series was great. I didnt experience any of the shit that supposedly went with 7.0 or 7.1. Also as aforementioned, Hachila, Fedora Core will be the best for you. Newer software, newer kernel (which means more and better hardware support) and more GUI tools. Now, so you know what I meant there, anything that can be done in the GUI can also be done in a coommand box (something like the old cmd.exe in XP).

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    Re:red-hat 7.2 given to linux Virgin

    [quote author=pbharris link=board=7;threadid=8153;start=0#msg74140 date=1069256384]
    RedHat 7.2 was great as far as I was concerned. almost as good as redhat 7.3 which was very nice.
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    I will second that.

    In fact, I still have RH 7.3 box. For a starter, RH 7.2 would do good. Like others have pointed out, if you can have a hand on latest distros, get it.

    I'm sure you will find yourself loading Linux distros over and over again searching for your distro of choice. Until then, why not load RH 7.2, get your hands down and dirty, see what problem you have encountered, tried to learn to solve it and learn as you go.

    People will tell you what they like but it probably not what YOU will like.

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    ;D Thanx to all of you!

    Now I have more options and am looking at fedora core and mandrake. I dig the GUI tools, and from what I have read, I think that the latest and easiest is best for me. Not saying that I dont like a challenge, but the least weird problems the better. Once I really know what it is all about I am sure I will be going wild with loading the different distros like you say.

    The links are truly helpful, and all of you get a big Hachila hug! You all rock! I am looking forward to asking many more questions as I know I will have them. :

    Stay peachy

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