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Re: Please help

I may get hate-mail for saying this, but I don't recommend Debian as your first distro.  Assuming you have enough RAM (at least 512 MB, preferably 1 GB or more), I recommend Linux Mint.  It's known for being user-friendly and accomodating to Windows users.

If you don't have enough RAM for Linux Mint, I recommend Puppy Linux or antiX Linux.  Of these two distros, antiX Linux is easier to install while Puppy Linux has a better default setup.  Try both and see which one you like better.

Once you are comfortable with Linux, you'll be in a much better position to try Debian.  Switching from one Linux distro to another is MUCH easier than switching from Windows to Linux.  In fact, there are even distro hoppers out there who change distros on a regular basis.

On Thu, 3 Mar 2011 23:06:50 -0500
Ryan Collins <r.a.collins11@gmail.com> wrote:

> Someone for the love of GOD, help me.
> I've installedDebian 6.0(squeeze) on my dell inspiron 6000. All I have to
> show for it is a shell. I've looked all over and read countless entries on
> ways to load a gnome desktop, but nothing I try works for me like it has
> others. Im brand spanking new to Linux, but im beginning to at least
> understand how things need to be typed in order to make the magic happen,
> but it hasn't happened for me yet. I think I may have installed a server
> version, but there is a way around that right? What can I do to get a
> desktop environment installed through my command line?

Jason Hsu <jhsu802701@jasonhsu.com>

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