I am a newbie to Linux. I have Red Hat and have had it for years but never really felt comfortable using it so I never really did. My question is, isn't there a Linux program that runs from a cd inside windows that I can use to get comfortable with it before I install it on a computer?? I remember such a thing but cannot find it anywhere. Please help I want to take back control of my PC!!!!
If you're at all familiar with RedHat, Fedora might be a good place to start once you decide you want to actually install Linux. I found it easy to install and easy to use... and I'm a complete Linux noob.
Ok, I do have a version of Red Hat that I bought a few years back and played around with. Would you suggest that I use that or the Ubunto or whatever it is? Stuff I have read has mentioned using that to start off.
I've used both fedora core 6, mythdora which is myth tv on a stripped down version of fedora, and Ubuntu. It depends what your into.
I like Ubuntu because it's not as bloated as fedora. I am typing on a 400 mhz computer right now with 512 mb ram and the thing flies except for boot up.
Fedora is great for having the majority of the software already there but I don't like yum since it's slow and I hope will some day be able to compete with the speed of apt-get. Although I found installing mythtv went much better with fedora I'm sure Ubuntu is catching up. I heard the latest Ubuntu support most capture cards out of the box.
If you go with Ubuntu I suggest automatix if your looking for support of most media types, players, and some cool tools although the program is in questionable legal standing with some of it's add-ons like DVD support.