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    Thumbs up Good Job Meridian!

    Linux for Beginners

    Great review! Thanks!
    Last edited by Spankin Partier; 02-04-2009 at 08:58 PM.

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Cheers! I'll try and get Mandriva 2008 reloaded and covered next - hopefully during the next week or so. Then OpenSuse 10.3 and PCLinuxOS.


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    Thumbs up Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Very nice review.

    I too went through many of the distros before finally settling on one that seemed to offer me what I was looking for plus support for my hardware (especially wireless adapters).

    Look forward to your future reviews!

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Very nice write up. Looking forward to the rest of your review.

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Quote Originally Posted by Parn View Post
    Very nice write up. Looking forward to the rest of your review.
    I second that! I hope this will be a great resource for those thinking about trying out Linux

    Meridian - does this need to be stickied and/or locked?

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    I thought about locking it but then Meridan wouldn't be able to add to it without us unlocking it first. We can always clean up the thread if needed and get rid of off topic posts.

    I for one would like to see it contain only reviews. And Meridian, if you'd like us to lock it we'd gladly do it. Just PM any of us Linux Mods and we'll unlock it again to allow you to add more.

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Nice work. Lookin forward to the rest
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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Very nice 1st review attempt!

    Being a realitively new Linux user myself I found it a little hard to follow at times. I think one of the hardest things for a new user is to learn is the lingo! Much of which is not used in the MS world. Not sure a newbie would know what you mean by a console, mount point, SAMBA and cups.

    Also while 1st booting the live CD/DVD it may be wise to explain the option of loading vesa drivers as I've had many distros that would not load w/o doing so but would load perfectly using vesa.

    I also like your choice of computer type used. As I believe more people will be using laptops than desktops in the very near future if not already. Just for the difference between wired and wireless network connections.

    Maybe as you get into this you can compare some of the things that worked out-of-the-box and those that didn't w/o a long explaination as to why.

    I think you've taken on a huge undertaking. One that not many of us would have and I wish you the best of luck with this. It should prove very helpful to those thinking of moving over to Linux. Take your time and you will get it right!

    One more suggestion please. Might be better to do Gnome Ubuntu next as a comparision. They really are different in the way they act, respond and set up.

    I look forward to your next one, again great job!
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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    You are correct about things like SAMBA and CUPS - I'll need to add a couple of notes. They won't be desperately technical though - I only just understand what they do! The point I was trying to make was that a couple of fairly important tools needed by a lot of users weren't included by default.


    As for the thread, I think it was SP who said he'd like to add it into the main FAQ sticky - that way I can find it as well if it slips down the pages too far.


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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Sorry, missed that point by the other point.

    Overall good job though!

    Still think the hardest part about learning Linux at first is the terminology and the Linux language. Once that has begun it starts getting easier.
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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Slider View Post
    I second that! I hope this will be a great resource for those thinking about trying out Linux

    Meridian - does this need to be stickied and/or locked?


    I think the best solution is to sticky it once I've added a second distro in the next week or two. Leave it open for discussion though, and to allow me to edit it as people spot things I've missed, typos etc. Then as more reviews are added I'll link to those posts from the first one so people can find the meat amongst the garnish. If the thread gets very long then we can always pull out the reviews posts into a new thread.


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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Cool - just let us know when/what you need doing

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Very good work, and I will use as a reference I am sure. Thank you.

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Just read the Mandriva part. You seem to have more critics on it than Kubuntu yet you gave it a higher score than Kubuntu. Am I missing something here?

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Will agree that I liked Mandriva more than Kubuntu. Just seems to work nicer and cleaner.

    The copy of Mandriva 2008 that I have will run as a Live CD.
    "?" Is there a difference between the CD and DVD d/l's ?

    Again good job.

    Question/suggestion, wouldn't it be better to break up the postings of the different distros? Would make it easier to find a perticular distro review.
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