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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 11:38 pm    Post subject: Easiest Distro to Install Reply with quote

What is the easiest distro to install?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well .. I would probably have to go with Fedora Core 3. Sorry to say, but the anaconda installer is quite good and easy to understand. Be sure to go to the www.fedorafaq.org site and set up yum or apt to ease the installation and updating of software.

Or you could do knoppix or gnoppix, prebuilt on a CD.

But why not install Gentoo and learn something while you are at it?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2005 12:15 am    Post subject: Re: Easiest Distro to Install Reply with quote

le91688 wrote:
What is the easiest distro to install?


Depends on your definition of "install".

If you want to just have a Linux box, a desktop, and OpenOffice working on your machine, knoppix wins: zero install is hard to beat.

If you want a fully functional Linux distribution compiled onto a hardrive with the kitchen sink, Fedora is good to go.

If you want an installation that compiles nicely and requires minimal work to be configurable, go for OpenBSD.

If you want to install something that is easy to configure and maintain for a known and limited selection of applications, go Gentoo.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2005 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2005 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i would have a look at xandros as it looks pretty nice and you dont seem to get much bloat, that said suse now has ftp access to their latest distro isos and while it may be a bit slow and bloated it is one of the diggest distros out there.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2005 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mandrake's a breeze.

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If you want to install something that is easy to configure and maintain for a known and limited selection of applications, go Gentoo.
Name one program that's not in Portage. The Portage database alone is 17MB.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2005 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arainach wrote:
Mandrake's a breeze.

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If you want to install something that is easy to configure and maintain for a known and limited selection of applications, go Gentoo.
Name one program that's not in Portage. The Portage database alone is 17MB.


I think he meant that Gentoo does install fifty million and one programs that you don't need. You select the only the applications you need and nothing more, so it's easy to maintain and update.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2005 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

....ah, that makes sense now. Sorry about that.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2005 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Code:
psyqil> wget http://packages.debian.org/unstable/allpackages.en.txt
psyqil> wc -l allpackages.en.txt
17819 allpackages.en.txt

Now I would wonder if there weren't one or two things in there that are not in portage...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2005 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Xandros I believe has a 3 click install...... can't get much easier than that.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2005 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arainach wrote:
Name one program that's not in Portage. The Portage database alone is 17MB.


The Flexible Atomic Code, which I use in the lab at school. Sorry, just had to name one =P.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2005 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Xandros - You can install a completely working system in 15 minutes with very few clicks of the mouse - or any real work for that matter.

I used Xandros until I got bored with the out-dated packages - Thats one thing I love about Gentoo: bleeding-edge software in portage.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2005 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Luineancaion wrote:
Xandros I believe has a 3 click install...... can't get much easier than that.

Concur.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

resolute wrote:
Luineancaion wrote:
Xandros I believe has a 3 click install...... can't get much easier than that.

Concur.


Knoppix.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've not tried XandrOS. However, Fedora's Anaconda is a very very nice easy installer imho...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 4:19 am    Post subject: Mepis Reply with quote

I didn't try Xandros, but I know that Mepis is very nice. Long to boot for a live CD but, once boot, it is REALLY pretty.
There is an icon on the desktop to easily install, and it is based on debian. So "apt-get" your facorite stuff
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always found Suse relatively straightforward...already prepartitioned...able to repartition if you know what you're doing...has a solid barebone personal setup.

I set up Suse in 3 minutes...pain-free. of course the install took longer, but that was my own elbow grease time.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ubuntu is my personal choice in this category.
Pity it couldnt be a better distro.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMO Knoppix and Ubuntu are really easy to install :-)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This thread is too serious, come on, everyone knows that GNU/HURD is the easiest to install :)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Luineancaion wrote:
This thread is too serious, come on, everyone knows that GNU/HURD is the easiest to install :)


GNU/advocate that doesn't GNU/know difference between distribution and operating system, why am I not surprised ;-)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flammie wrote:
Luineancaion wrote:
This thread is too serious, come on, everyone knows that GNU/HURD is the easiest to install :)


GNU/advocate that doesn't GNU/know difference between distribution and operating system, why am I not surprised ;-)


*sigh* First of all, explain, I know that GNU/HURD is going to just be referred to as GNU because it'll finally be the GNU operating system.. I just said GNU/HURD so that people knew what I was talking about... *sigh* if you couldn't see that then there is no hope for you.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For certain, it must be Windows XP.
Your system will be up and running in only 147 easy steps.


Mirror here since diveintomarc seems to be down, but you've all seen it already anyway:
http://zelaron.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-30710
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Luineancaion wrote:
Flammie wrote:
GNU/advocate that doesn't GNU/know difference between distribution and operating system, why am I not surprised ;-)


*sigh* First of all, explain, I know that GNU/HURD is going to just be referred to as GNU because it'll finally be the GNU operating system.. I just said GNU/HURD so that people knew what I was talking about... *sigh* if you couldn't see that then there is no hope for you.


Try reading his post again. See the little yellow thing? I think you can work out the rest by yourself.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Luineancaion wrote:
Flammie wrote:
Luineancaion wrote:
This thread is too serious, come on, everyone knows that GNU/HURD is the easiest to install :)


GNU/advocate that doesn't GNU/know difference between distribution and operating system, why am I not surprised ;-)


*sigh* First of all, explain, I know that GNU/HURD is going to just be referred to as GNU because it'll finally be the GNU operating system.. I just said GNU/HURD so that people knew what I was talking about... *sigh* if you couldn't see that then there is no hope for you.


Nawh. You were just complaining about seriousness, now you don't understand a joke. Please do decide and share your GNU/results.

<explaining jokes is bound to make them better>GNU/Hurd is as much a distro as GNU/Linux. And the question of the thread was about distro to install.</explaining>
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