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Joel Kriss
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Joined: Dec 18, 2007
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I see that a lot of people run Ubuntu around here. My old roomate ran Fedora Core. So my question is pretty obvious, which is really the most popular or best linux? I ran a search on this but just got a bunch of discussion threads of linux related topics. Is there any problem running a triple boot?


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David O'Meara
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Define the criteria.

There are online applications hat will ask a bunch of questions and suggest some alternatives. Multiple boots are no problem, I also saw a person that had 30 or 40 installed...
Jesper de Jong
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There is not one best Linux distribution. It depends on what you're going to use it for. For servers, you'll have a different set of criteria than for the desktop.

Ubuntu and Fedora are the two most popular Linux distributions for the desktop. Note that all the Linux distributions are compatible; if a piece of software runs on Linux, then it runs on any Linux distro.

It's a matter of personal choice. I use Ubuntu 7.10 myself.

A good way to try out different operating systems is to do it in a virtual machine, using virtualization software such as VirtualBox or VMWare - that way, you don't have to repartition your harddisk etc.

Some Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, come on a live CD, which means you boot from the CD and you can try Ubuntu out without installing it on your harddisk first.


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Pat Farrell
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Triple booting works fine.

But its hopeless asking for a "best" linux. The reason there are so many distribution is that folks look at what's out there, and decide they want something different for their definition of "best"

The best linux distro is one that your good friend uses. When (not if) you have questions, buy your good friend a beer when he answers your question.

I really like distros with liveCDs, you can try before you commit more than the 10 cents that making a CD costs.

Lots of people love Ubuntu, and there is a lively community helping each other. This is worth a lot.

I am typing this on a Ununtu laptop, but for my servers, I run pure Debian.
YMMV, IMHO, etc.
Rohan Dhruva
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Joined: May 08, 2007
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As everyone else already said, it depends on what your needs are.
What I suggest is that you find various distributions, and use the one that "clicks" with you.
Frankly though, after using linux for a while, you will find yourself customizing specific distribution to your liking (theme, cursor, panel placement etc.) and not the other way round. At least, that was the case for me.

Personally I use Kubuntu 7.10 because of the variety of packages offered, and the latest KDE included. As is popularly said -

Different strokes for different folks.


Good luck in finding a right distro


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saikrishna cinux
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Originally posted by Joel Kriss:
I see that a lot of people run Ubuntu around here. My old roomate ran Fedora Core. So my question is pretty obvious, which is really the most popular or best linux? I ran a search on this but just got a bunch of discussion threads of linux related topics. Is there any problem running a triple boot?


Here is the Link for downloading or getting a free linux software

https://shipit.ubuntu.com


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Rohan Dhruva
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saikrishna, that is the link for obtaining free CDs of Ubuntu Linux distribution.
It is not for downloading any other software or distributions. Please do not confuse "Ubuntu" with "Linux"
Jesper de Jong
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You can find a lot of information on a lot of different Linux distributions here:
http://distrowatch.com/
 
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