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    Member sdm's Avatar
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    Building a Linux (?) based PC
    Hi. I hope that this is the most appropriate place to post this question

    This is a big topic - but I welcome your advice as a a starting point.

    I am looking to build a PC with an opensource OS. Things have come on alot since I used to use red hat linux about 5 years ago, so I was wondering which flavour of linux based OS to use.

    I am also looking for an email client, that can syncronise with Outlook 2003 on my laptop.

    Other than that I am confortable using openOffice and Gimp, but what other software should I look into downloading.

    Thanks for your time

    Brian

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    Check out Ubuntu. I comes with a lot of good programs and is very easy to use.

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    Thunderbird for your email...
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    Comfortably Numb John Powell's Avatar
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    I have SUSE 10.2 with Firefox and Thunderbird. Very nice.

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    Wow. You might as well have asked what the best color in the world is

    Why don't you start by identifying the top 10 things you use your computer for? Nobody can tell you what software to download if they don't know what you do. Once you have your needs identified you should find one of those tables that shows common linux replacements for Windows programs (if you are coming from Windows.)

    I suggest you stick with one of the more popular flavors of Linux just for support reasons. Yesterday it was Fedora. Today it is Ubuntu. tomorrow it will be something else. Find out how to use IRC as soon as possible and get into a chat room with the other linux nerds (yeah I said it - coz I am it ) Alot of linux people hang out in IRC channels and it will be the fastest way to get 24/7 support if you need immediate help.
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    CentOS 'cause it closely follows RH lineage

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    CentOS is good for a server... NOT for a desktop.
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    The current champ for Linux is Ubuntu. It is built on a Debian base and is quite simple to install and update. Go to the Ubuntu site, download and burn as an .iso to CD. When you boot, you will be directed to a live version that is installable. Once installed, you can use a site called automatix to add software that might be helpful in your internet and marketing endeavours.

    Good luck from a total Linux junkie!

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