I'm looking to dual-boot my battlestation. Win7 / *nix flavor to learn the environment myself. What distro do you think would be easiest for me to learn on? I'm not crying for a gui, but something I can get help on and learn my way around linux environments on.
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Ubuntu is great to run a laptop, but it'll teach you the Debian way of doing things, if you want to learn the CentOS red hat way, try Fedora. Unless you're masochist you want to run a GUI on your laptop (but not your server). Linux makes a great primary operating system with a GUI, try gnome or KDE. Gnome is more stable, but KDE is prettier. Gnome installs by default with both Fedora and Ubuntu desktop editions.
That's true, but if you're installing Linux to get familiar with it for a server, you want to use the desktop disto most closely related to the server distro you're going to use. If you get familiar with Ubuntu to proper to administrate a red hat server, you'll much more adjusting to do than if you use Fedora. I prefer Ubuntu on my Desktop and Debian on my servers.
I setup a laptop to dual boot with XP & Ubuntu and have been really happy with it. In my experience Ubuntu is the easiest distro to pickup, just because there is a lot more guides and tutorials written for Ubuntu with beginners in mind than the other LInux flavors.