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If you use it, which flavour?
- ubuntu (too slow for ancient laptop)
- puppy linux (lightning fast, but looks shite and i had wifi problems)
- i'm now using gOS which is ubuntu-based so i'm finding it a tad slow, but i can deal with it
Not big on Linux for desktop use to be honest, but I'm relatively happy with Solaris on the servers at work. Last flavour of Linux I tried was Ubuntu a couple of years back.
Android, Solaris, BSD, whatevs.
But this is just for pishing around on a Samsung NC10 as a kick off to weening away from Windows. And generally mucking about on a non critical machine that's not gonna result in an arse kicking from the gf when I inevitably balls summats up. Nowt servertastic.
Looking to dual boot (actually, triple or quad boot - XP + Win7 RC + prolly LinuxMint as a mainstream Linux for learning + tests with random other stuff like moblin etc).
then some form of Ubuntu or similar would be the way to go. Powerful enough and doesn't lock you out of root, consoles and suchlike as some of the others do, but relatively friendly to get running. As far as I understand it, that's taken over from Mandrake/Mandravia (sic?) as the desktop *nix of choice.
I've got no fucking idea what I'm doing with it. Chmod? 777? What? It took me an hour to open a text file with Vi.
I've also got a simplified Xandros (??) on my EeePC. I think I nearly bricked it trying to install a telnet client.
if you want an easy setup with everything working out of the box, go for ubuntu. if you want to end up with a really quick and streamlined system, with no big updates to new versions ever (rolling releases) then go for arch linux. you'll also learn loads about the innards of linux along the way. they have a pretty helpful wiki to make it all reasonably simple to even linux first timers. i actually found it really interesting.