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Thank you, TR
The text info on this page originally came from Amazon.com. I thought that it was very good so I copied it, made changes and here is the result.
Allrighty Now. If you're reading this, then I assume you're interested in getting to know Linux, and using it exclusively, or close to it, at your home. This guide ass-u-me-s several things :
Now we come to a matter of opinion ... and use. I personally believe that SuSE is the best option for people new to the Linux operating system. Or, if you are looking to jump distribution ships, Suse Linux 9.1 offers the best of everything available for Linux. (And I hope I am not offering all this praise to soon. I just installed 9.1 and haven't checked everything out. However, previous versions of SuSE do warrent this praise.) With the YaST control center, there is no other distribution that offers easier or more inclusive system tools than Suse Linux 9.1. (Update: Now using openSuSE 11.1 Novell has, since I started all this, purchased SuSE and released it to both the Commercial and Open Source Markets.)
"In the end, will Windows converts like this? Yes. Will Linux users who want a simple,
integrated OS out of the box like SuSE 9.1? Probably. Will veteran users want to buy SuSE 9.1?
That's a more difficult question. SuSE 9.1 is fast, but not as fast as, say, Debian or
Slackware with a 2.6 kernel. If you're a veteran user who likes compiling their own programs,
you don't really have a reason to buy. If you're anyone else, at least take a look, it'll
probably be worth your while." (Quote from Tyler Bancroft of osnews.com)
Alllrighty, now you've got Linux installed, so what to do next? Well SuSE should've installed everything that may be important to you: A friendly graphical envrionment, an excellent office suite with everything MS Office can do, simple text editors, graphical configuration programs, it's all there. If SuSE didn't do it for you, go ahead and configure your internet connection with the proper graphical wizard, and your printers and so forth. Now you may want to get some books: 'Running Linux, Fourth Edition' is an excellent book for both beginners and seasoned users. You'll also perhaps want to grab 'OpenOffice.Org 1.0 Resource Kit' to learn to use your office suite productively and also 'LINUX in A Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference (3rd Edition)'. Finally, you should also purchase: 'Linux Administration: A Beginner's Guide' and 'Linux System Administration, Second Edition (Craig Hunt Linux Library)' to learn how to administrate your system effectively. This may all seem like overkill, but you can never be too prepared and there is a great deal to know. At this point you should have everything configured and all the programs you might want and/or need, and be on your way to becoming a seasoned veteran.
Remember these links for the future:
Suse Linux 9.1 Professional Edition
$13.99 -- Used Price 01 Jul 04
openSuSE 11.1 : Novell
Some Linux Places
Got this list from the Linux Forum
I thought it was neat so I copied it here for others.
This person also has an excellent write-up on compiling the Kernel for SuSE 9.1. Drop over there and
take a look...
SuSE rpms / rpm packagers / rpm search / nvidia driver / ATI driver / KDE themes / Gnome themes / Linux gamers FAQ / Linux game installers / WineX, Play Windows games in Linux / Beautiful gtk2(Gnome) Themes / My New Gnome 2.6 Desktop / The GIMP 2 can do Photoshop / DVD Support rpms / Helix/Realplayer Opensource player/plugins