windows migrant: choosing linux distribution

Linux Tyro fedora.bkn at
Wed Nov 2 13:40:17 UTC 2011

On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 6:17 PM, Tom Horsley <horsley1953 at> wrote:

> > confused between: fedora, openSUSE and ubuntu LTS
> There isn't a lot of difference from the learning standpoint,
> but there are two main differences from an administration
> standpoint: fedora and openSUSE and many others use
> "rpm" packages and ubuntu and debian use "deb" packages
> to install software.
> There are various other administrative differences
> such as networking being described differently on
> fedora versus ubuntu, etc.

Well, I am looking for something in long terms, like the one with which I
start, I should remain there. And it must be highly secured (though I know
Linux is secured). But in future, I would learn the basics of
administration too, so please guide me which is a better administration -
rpm or deb?

On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 6:22 PM, D. Marshall Lemcoe Jr. <forum at>wrote:

Ubuntu, I think is easier to get started from "scratch" with, but all
> three distributions that you listed will serve you just fine in
> learning the order of the penguin.

Oh I see, and in long term also, would it be good?

> Good luck


On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 6:43 PM, Joe Wulf <joe_wulf at> wrote:

You ask good questions.

In fact, I was confused with (anyone would be, I guess) since it is the
ocean of distros!

> More than likely whichever flavor you try---you'll learn things.  Several
> points:
> -  Pick one and stick with it for a while.  Also, to learn more---you'll
> find a wealthy abundance of resources online to read up on.
> -  Assuming your main platform is Windows... consider something like
> "" in order to leverage virtualization (free even!) and build
> your unix/linux skills.
> -  Evaluate unix/linux forums (such as "") where you can
> read, and ask questions.  There are many other good ones, too.


> Best of luck to you in your new adventure!!!


On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 6:45 PM, n2xssvv.g02gfr12930 <
n2xssvv.g02gfr12930 at> wrote:

Others have already mentioned the packaging using either deb or rpm
> files, but you should also try downloading the various demo CD spins.
> This will give you a quick feel for the various GUI options available,
> and some of the software available.

I try live CDs too then.

Meanwhile, welcome to Linux, and I'm sure the penguin community and I
> wish you well in your adoption of Linux


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