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#31 [idkfa]

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Posted 01 July 2003 - 15:15

Caldera Openlinux
http://www.calderasystems.com

Developed by Caldera Systems, OpenLinux is marked as being easy to install, with a business focus. It goes a long way to bringing ease of use and user friendly functionality to Linux. It is strongly orientated, therefore, toward the non – technical user. Included in the distribution is the simple installation tool “Lizard”. This graphical interface is very user friendly and the installation can be started from within the Windows environment. Hardware installation, for the most part is automatic with good detection of most peripherals.

for some reason i think you can remove caldera from the list :shi:whistle:istle:


#32 OP Keldyn

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Posted 01 July 2003 - 15:19

Thanks Evil. If you have any other distros you feel can be added to the list submit their details to this thread please.

#33 Argonaut

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Posted 01 July 2003 - 15:30

mini distros like knoppix, and demolinux boot straight from cd, they are great for having a taste of what is like without needing to have a spare machine, partitioning, or geting a new HD. they are also fantastic recovery tools!

#34 [idkfa]

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Posted 01 July 2003 - 15:43

good idea Argonaut

Linux Live Systems (Knoppix, Gentoo LiveCD, ...)
http://www.knoppix.net , http://www.gentoo.org

This kind of distro will completely run from CD, so you don't need to install it and maybe waste your partitions or something. It's a great way to see linux running on your system. There are many different distros, each with different goals. If you just want to "see linux in action", i'd suggest you go for a full-featured distro like Knoppix.
Many people also use these distros for recovering data from PCs or repairing their Linux/Windows installation.
Here's a big list of these CD-based distros: http://www.distrowat...php?resource=cd
There are even complete games on Linux live-CDs for free: http://www.gentoogames.com/

#35 OP Keldyn

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Posted 01 July 2003 - 15:46

Thanks Argonaut and Evil2000. I have added your contributions.

#36 xmr

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Posted 01 July 2003 - 23:18

SmoothWall Linux
http://www.smoothwall.org

A very lightweight and easy to install linux distro aimed soley for router boxes. It's only a small download (~20megs) and yet can be configured as a DHCP server, transparent cache, dialup server (automatically dialup when any PC on the network requests a net connection), broadband server (supports many ADSL modems and ISDN), has a firewall and is easy to configue after the initial install via SSH or it's web interface. Definately recommended for serving a net connection for a LAN. :cool:

#37 dewy

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Posted 19 July 2003 - 13:16

Hey DO U Wan't Me To Like Compile This Into A PDF once a month or so on and we can redistribute it

#38 xplatinum

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Posted 19 July 2003 - 13:27

Hey DO U Wan't Me To Like Compile This Into A PDF once a month or so on and we can redistribute it

What for ? :huh: Most people don't even have Acrobat installed...

I suggest you make a nice html page with all the info and then link the addy to a .tk (ie:linuxdistros.tk)

#39 archish

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Posted 25 July 2003 - 00:59

There is a linux based on Knoppix customized for Indian Uses:
http://www.linuxforu.com/LiFY.htm

#40 Tek

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Posted 25 July 2003 - 01:11

If you're doing Live distributions as well, don't forget SuSE's Live Distro.

http://www.suse.de/en/

#41 vetrezza

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Posted 06 August 2003 - 02:14

I'd add a link to http://www.linuxquestions.org in there, too - an absolutely fantastic board, not just for newbs, but also for more experienced *nixers too...

#42 dewy

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Posted 12 September 2003 - 12:31

What for ? :huh: Most people don't even have Acrobat installed...

I suggest you make a nice html page with all the info and then link the addy to a .tk (ie:linuxdistros.tk)

i shall do that i have a bit of spare web space and bw

#43 dewy

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 06:27

i have made this into a page and will update with pic soon and weekly update from this thread if any changes

Click link in my SIG

#44 CaKeY

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 06:51

Nice job Dewy! Thank you!

#45 dewy

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Posted 13 September 2003 - 07:09

can people pls addthe link to there sigs so we can help all us neowinians and promote the list i will do more work (eyecandy)but not a lot of pic when i have a tab more time