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  1. For I.T. I am making a computer and I want to have a dual boot with windows 7 and a linux OS and I want to know which one to use. I also have very little experience with linux.

    Any suggestions?

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    2. fraggle


      Make that another vote for Debian.

    3. printz


      How is FreeBSD?

    4. hex11


      I've actually been using Puppy Linux ("slacko" release - compatible with slackware 13.37 packages) for the past week, because I found out my crap Broadcom wifi card gave me trouble with WPA in OpenBSD. But the open b43 Linux driver works fine (in reality the obsd driver is meant for another revision of this chipset, but it worked well enough with open wifi APs).

      Uh, anyway, before going with Puppy, I installed the real Slackware 13.37 on a 10GB disk partition, but quickly got fed up with tracking package dependencies myself. Also the radeon fb stuff wasn't working well at all. Well the Links-2 browser worked okay on FB console and a couple other things like MPlayer and zgv as well (two very important pr0n apps ;-), but trying to run Chocolate Doom like that didn't work, even despite setting the SDL_VIDEODRIVER var to use framebuffer or svgalib. I can't remember if it just refused to run in those modes, or if it crashed and froze the display+keyboard, but I was already getting fed up with the package situation at that point that I decided to try the Puppy live CD anyway...

      So Puppy is a bit different from other distros, because it's meant to run entirely from RAM as opposed to installing it like any "respectable" OS. It also runs everything as the root user, including your shell, window manager, web browser, etc. Yeah, that sounds pretty gonzo and insecure as hell, but when you think about it, that's not as much of an issue because you can always reboot from the CD and start again with a clean slate. The user interface didn't do anything for me since it's mostly all a bunch of GUI programs, but installing some packages like twm, vifm, and a few others helped a lot (after changing some dot/rc files and restarting the X server, natch.) Oh, and the fonts suck ass. I mean they really, really suck. I ended up grabbing the X11 misc fonts from the Slackware partition in order to get some readable 9x15 fonts for xterm (actually rxvt in this case, but that's good enough for me). Ah and if you change stuff, but installing more packages or whatnot, you can create a save file on a HD or USB/flash disk, and next time you boot it will try to load that if it finds it (but you can override that if need be, or have several different save files for different users, etc.)

      Well my next step (after like a week or so of using Puppy) is actually to install the FreeBSD 9 release, once I finish backing up a few things from my old OpenBSD partition. FBSD appears to have a driver that might work with my wifi card. FBSD also has a lot more ports/packages than OBSD does, so that's a plus. I used it on servers before and that's about it.