Hawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3089 posts, RR: 9 Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 621 times:
What's called Red Hat these days costs money, however they support a free version that is essentially the development wing for Red Hat, called Fedora. The installer is pretty easy, it works much like Windows. A graphical installer that you just point and click. I haven't tried Ubuntu, but hear some good things about it being easy to work with, so that might be worth looking into as well.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13333 posts, RR: 64 Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 599 times:
I use SuSe Linux with KDE as a GUI on a 5 year old machine with an AMD Duron processor comparable to a P3 (don't ask me for the frequency) and 40 Gb HDD. The only thing I did was to boost the RAM to about 400 MB (the more the better), the computer works fine with it.
SuSe Linux comes with an installer and system control program called YAST, which does most of the configurations on installation and update. It's user interface is largely intuitive and can be set to support many languages.
Hawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3089 posts, RR: 9 Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 540 times:
Quoting Seanp11 (Reply 11): My brother is an advocate of Gentoo. He uses it on his laptop.
Gentoo is my first choice for myself, but I don't recommend it to someone unless they're interested and willing to spend a bit of time getting to know it. The new installer probably makes things a lot easier, but it would still probably prove daunting to someone new to Linux.
Plus, this is going onto older hardware, which most people might not like with Gentoo. Gentoo doesn't install binary packages; by default everything is downloaded and compiled from source. While it's an automated process that works extremely well, it does take time. On old hardware (like the 10 year old machine that I run my web site on), a lot of time.
Stas From Poland, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 536 times:
I suggest Ubuntu for any person who would like to learn Linux. I find Ubuntu the friendliest distribution which is perfect for both a newbie and a professional user. You could get it for free at www.ubuntu.com. Also, check out www.distrowatch.com where you can find reviews of various distributions.
Saxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 47 Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 530 times:
Another distribution with a reputation for being friendly is Mandrake. My personal experience with it was that it wasn't *quite* as easy to deal with as I had hoped--it seemed to be a bit on the buggy side when I last used it. But others have had better luck, I guess.
On the other hand, I've run Fedora (Red Hat's community-supported distribution) on two different machines, and found installation and updates on that to be very simple. Just make sure you've got a pretty good idea of what hardware you've got installed, in case you need to track down a rogue driver or something.