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Old 11-27-2003, 05:00 PM   #1
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Best Linux distro for GUI use?


Now that RH is gone whats the best distro for using Linux under a GUI?
Mandrake?

oops this should have gone into linux general, sorry
 
Old 11-27-2003, 05:06 PM   #2
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not sure what you mean, as a GUI can be used for any distro. if you mean what has more distro-specific GUI tools, i guess SuSE or mandrake would be good choices, or you could stick with RH and use Fedora.
 
Old 11-27-2003, 05:45 PM   #3
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I wonder what's the best GNU/Linux distro is for finding a girlfriend
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Old 11-28-2003, 08:27 AM   #4
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Slackware ! Always Slackware!


Don't you know that Slackware is the best for everything? Come on....

If you're ever in doubt about what Distro/OS to use for anything ever......always use Slackware. Got it?
 
Old 11-28-2003, 08:45 AM   #5
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Now that RH is gone ...
why does every one keep saying that. They are not gone! Not by a long shot.
 
Old 11-28-2003, 08:59 AM   #6
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Originally posted by schatoor
why does every one keep saying that. They are not gone! Not by a long shot.
I agree.

All they really did was take RH9 and add a few things and called it Fedora. I like Fedora (just a little though...not much)

The only thing I don't like is how I can't get my hands on RH enterprise Linux so I can learn it. This seems like it will change things for RHCE.... not sure though.
 
Old 11-28-2003, 12:45 PM   #7
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gentoo of course, most of the tools for any other distro are available in portage you can make it as slim or large as you want and you never get anything you dont need, granted initial setup takes a while but package management and keeping your system up to date are a breeze
 
Old 11-29-2003, 11:19 AM   #8
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Try gentoo.
As a pervious poster pointed out, no RH isn't gone. It's Fedora now. I've grown to dislike RH though. They suggested to the UK gov't that they should use Windows. Which is a shame to say the least. Another big point is that they have trademarked the Fedora name, and it's not even theirs. There are numerous projects which have used it before. They refuse to speak to any of those people, and with the current tm they could well ask them to remove the name Fedora.
There are a lot of better distors out there anyway. Try SuSe too, or Debian.
I personally still prefer Gentoo because of Portage, and because I get to build everything from source.
 
Old 11-29-2003, 12:19 PM   #9
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Slackware! Fast, no nonsense........*breaks down*......okay....I've heard good things about Gentoo....very good things. *snaps out of it* Oh well! That or VectorLinux. I heard that's like slackware, but with nice graphical configuration utilities and other such things. :P
 
Old 11-30-2003, 08:51 AM   #10
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Mandrake o yes Mandrake

Red hat is going to do what it can do best servers. This is good for Linux, not a set back. This well give red hat more time to work on its server product. Red hat is the strongest challenger we have to we need a strong challenger to M$ Solaris.


As for as a desktop OS you do not replace a an apple with an orange. Red hat is a easy / good newbie distro.
slackware a gentoo are not Mandrake is the first thing that comes to mind to replace a redhat desktop.
 
Old 12-01-2003, 09:27 AM   #11
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gentoo is too a newbie distro, the only hard thing is the initial setup after a gentoo pc is configured to start with it is the easiest distro out there to maintain, seriously whats easier than emerge sync every once in a while and emerge programname if you want to update everything in your system then its just emerge -uD world thats all its that easy nothing else you need to know and the gentoo community is very helpful so between here and there its the easiest thing in the world
 
Old 12-01-2003, 10:55 AM   #12
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Question watashiwaotaku7 what are you on?

How many win32 users can set up lilo or grub, build a kernel, make a fstab, etc
most win users do not even know what a portion is. You are being unreal.
 
Old 12-01-2003, 12:22 PM   #13
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this thread seems to have (de?)evolved from "best gui linux" (whatever that means ) to good newbie distro. on that topic, i agree with enyawix -- gentoo imho is too hard to set up for most newbies. if you go through the instructions step by step meticulously it should be okay, but how many people do that? many newbie win-2-linners can't even figure out how to configure a wheel mouse -- they're going to install gentoo? i don't think so. plus setting up gentoo can take significantly longer than any other distro, and most people who are new to linux want to get through the initial install ASAP to see the OS. as a newbie, stick with fedora, mandrake, or suse. (or try libranet debian. easiest install of any linux. )
 
Old 12-03-2003, 09:44 AM   #14
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thats why i said "once its set up", i know gentoo is hard to install for a newbie i failed to get it to fully install the first two times i tried, however once it is set up it is the easiest distro out there to maintain and use and i doubt you will be able to come up with a solid argument to differ, therefore it is in my opinion the best distro for gui use because any gui program is easy to get, and dependencies are taken care of, thats one of the largest problems with installing gui based programs is the massive number of dependencies they have with gentoo this is all taken care of, yes it does take some time but a stage 3 install is barely longer than an install for redhat mandrake or slackware and in fact a stage three is generally recommended since in the course of updates a stage3 system will be the same as a stage one by the end of a year since nearly every program will have had an updated succesor, also if you want a binary distro of the kind you could try debian, ive never used it though so i cant attest to how good it is for the issue at hand

p.s. sorry thats all one sentence...i do that sometimes...

<edit>
oh i also meant to say somewhere in there that i would asssume it would be set up for newbies by someone more knowledgable in the first place if indeed the case here is that it is for newbies and not just that bajanick likes pretty graphics
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Last edited by watashiwaotaku7; 12-03-2003 at 09:46 AM.
 
Old 12-16-2003, 09:25 PM   #15
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