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#16968 - 06/02/03 07:15 AM Linux distributions?
Lord AwoL Offline
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Registered: 02/16/03
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This may be a dumb questions, but is there any real advantage to choosing one linux distribution over another? Does it matter if I choose Red Hat, or Mandrake, or Suse, or Debian or whatever? Thanks.

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#16969 - 06/02/03 08:52 AM Re: Linux distributions?
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The installations for the distros are all different, although some are similar. Some have more, and better hardware support than others that you might have to build the hardware support in yourself by recompiling the kernel and adding modules and software. They all have different ways of administration, whether it's a distrobution's own gui or through hand editing system files. It all depends on your style. I would recomend SuSE, great hardware support and its Yast systems administration tool is great.

#16970 - 06/02/03 01:30 PM Re: Linux distributions?
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i use slackware 9.0 and it is fine for me. if there is ever a utility or some thing that i need i just seach for it on google or browse sourcforge etc. if it doesn't support some hardware i get the latest kernel and compile what i need. if you look at linux this way most distro's are the same except for a few graphical changes.
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#16971 - 06/02/03 05:11 PM Re: Linux distributions?
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If you are pretty new to Linux I would say go with Mandrake. Red Hat is very very popular, SUSE is great... Debian is a bit for the further advanced people along with slackware (you can do a lot with slakcware). It really goes with what you like, why not try them all. It's free.
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#16972 - 06/03/03 09:57 AM Re: Linux distributions?
Lord AwoL Offline
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Right now I'm giving the new Mandrake a whirl. I am still new to Linux. I was thinking about getting a copy of Suse and seeing what I can do with that. Since everyone seems to be fans of that, I'll probably try Suse too. Thanks for the help.

#16973 - 06/03/03 10:20 AM Re: Linux distributions?
sinetific Offline

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I probably tried half of the distros out there before I found one I was comfortable with. Try these two site:

#16974 - 06/09/03 11:23 AM Re: Linux distributions?
Mojo Offline
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Registered: 06/16/02
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i shouldnt do that, but im bored.
lets check out linux.
linux changed. everyone can nowadays install it. the newest and coolest sh** are livecds. knoppix and gentoo have both great ones out there. use google to get them, i dont post any links (too lazy).
why are they great? well, a major downpoint of linux was always the hardware support. now you can actually check if your comp supports everything before you do an install. you just put the livecd into your drive, boot it up, see if everything is correct, then install it. pretty great. im using knoppix now, got all hardware correct on my laptop.
now to the "normal" distros.
forget corel linux, forget mandrake. both bankrupt.
slackware, debian and suse. choose one of them. (gentoo was already in the livecd section).

debian: easy installation system after you got it on your pc. the apt-get thing is really great, but you get lazy and if you ever have a real problem with programs you want to install, then you are fux0red, doing it by hand is better in my opinion. you learn alot from it. also you only get really free sofwtare with debian, that means all your program code will be free too because you used only gpl'ed software.
HINT: try ./configure --help

suse: german distro, my choice baby! downpoints are that they have major issues with their security and updates. i cant get gtk running and so every program that dpends on gtk 2.0 doesnt run, which is of course everything right now. they have had that problem forever and will have it forever. good hardware support though, along with yast2 a charme.

slackware: nice one, was the only distro that got my dhcpd setting correct. i can only recommen it and it still has this "elite" touch somehow.

now to my real opinion.
as long as you have a linux on your system, who cares anway, because after a while its "your" system. i installed Suse 6.4 some years ago, and after some months all that was left was the basic system and yast from their distro. thats the good thing, you can change everything you want with linux.

*cough* *bsds owns though, if you want to be leet get them. why? average load isnt too high, they run perfectly, and are very secure.

#16975 - 09/22/03 11:48 PM Re: Linux distributions?
batman Offline
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Registered: 11/16/02
Posts: 1
Gotta Suse 8.0 and i just love this. I have this shitty HP machine and it didnt work with win at all.
Suse had all drivers in it. And She runs so smoothly!


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