Look for the ISO files and burn the CDs with them. It is far easier than downloading everything and figuring out how to install it. I downloaded the entire 8.79GB of SuSE Linux 7.0 and then found out about the ISOs. Doh!
Get Red hat 6.2. Stay away from 7.0, it's still buggy. You may also want to consider SuSE and Mandrake. They both have good distributions.
I am also new to Linux. I have been using Linux for a few weeks and I just compiled and installed my first kernel. Yeah! Linux is such a kick @$$ OS, I can't believe I waited this long to learn it.
true Slackware was the first true Linux distribution but it doesn't mean it's for pros and the rest isn't. Linux isn't a distribution, it isn't some fancy name like SuSe, Red Hat, or Slackware. Linux is a kernel, plain and simple, the rest is just packaging and apps. Too many people are fooled into thinking that more bells and whistles make it better, not true. Linux is experienced differently by everyone. The beginner should try a dist. like Corel or Mandrake because it walks you through easily. By the time they reach the intermediate user state they should have already tested enough other dists to make up their own mind. When it comes down to it Linux (in general) works best when the user knows the OS, maintains it, and does their best to tweak it through recompiling the kernel, etc.
If there is one Linux dists that should be considered more "professional" it should be FreeBSD. It conforms more to BSD Unix that any other Linux dist. This makes it easier to run software designed for Unix right out of the box (or with minor changes) with out having to have it ported by the manufacturer. But when it comes to porting software to Linux the choice distribution is Red Hat. The only reason for this is that it's become the industry standard just ahead of Debian and SuSe.
There is no one best Linux distributions, there are a few that are lacking, however i don't think Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake, or Slackware fall into that category. I've tried Slackware and i like it but i've moved to Mandrake just to see what it's like. After a while it all looks the same.
Take a look at the /etc in Slackware and Mandrake/SuSE/...
There are about 3 times less files in the slackware distro. I know that GUI install and setup tools are fast and easy but if you want to do something that the GUI doesn't support you are stuck. And most GUI's don't provide the settings that flatfiles do.
I see Slackware as a professional distro because you have/can do all the tweaking yourself.
true Slackware does install fewer files making for a more streamlined system. But my point was that any Linux system can be tweaked to perform in a certain way. Linux is so open to modification that we can start off with any distribution and finish with a completely different look, feel, performance, stability, yada yada yada. What is unique about anything open source. I bet you and i can sit down one day and take the Mandrake dist. (which i actually find comes a little bloated) and modify it so that a third user will be fooled into thinking we're using Slackware, SuSe, or whatever dists we choose (there is a limit though, some Linux dists are just too out there or don't provide enough documentation to get the job done right). We could even download every single app, util, etc and compile them from scratch. That will most likely be the most efficient Linux box for the task at hand, no unwanted files, servies, etc. That is a professional job... but i don't have that kind of time, i think few of us really do.
As i said earlier, everyone has their own perferance.
dude you're right!!! FreeBSD isn't a Linux dist. I work on three boxes when i'm at the college: one RedHat6.2, another Caldera, and a third that is FreeBSD. For some reason i equated FreeBSD with Linux. I guess i went temporarily insane, or something. thanx for returning me back to the real wold.
The stats are interesting too!!!
Oh, and i say it was a little bloat to be nice... Mandrake is more like my brother after an ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET. But if you know what you want, it dist can be installed much more streemlined.
> Mandrake is more like my brother after an ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET