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Old 05-23-2003, 08:58 AM   #31
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Mandrake:

Pros: User-friendly, graphical configuration utilities, enormous community support, NTFS partition resizing.

Cons: Some releases are buggy, the company is in financial difficulties.

Software package management: RPM

Red Hat:

Pros: Widely used, excellent community support, lots of innovation.

Cons: Limited product life-span of the free edition, poor multimedia support.

Software package management: RPM


Debian:

Pros: 100% free, excellent web site and community resources, well-tested, painless software installation with apt-get.

Cons: Archaic installer, the stable version is out-dated.

Software package management: DEB

Gentoo:

Pros: Painless software installation, highly up-to-date, the "geek feeling" of building a distribution tailored to user's needs.

Cons: Long and tedious installation, occasional instability and risk of breakdown, unsuitable for servers.

Software package management: SRC

SuSE:

Pros: Professional attention to detail, easy-to-use YaST configuration tools.

Cons: Only available in parts of the world from software resellers or via FTP install, includes proprietary components, which prevents re-distribution.
Software package management: RPM
Free download: SuSE does not provide ISO images for download. However, the Professional edition of their distribution is avialable for installation via FTP, usually about 1 - 2 months after the official release. The FTP installation is not difficult, but requires broadband connection.

Knoppix:

Pros: Excellent hardware autodetection, runs directly from CD without hard disk installation, can be used as an recovery tool.

Cons: Low speed and performance if run directly from the CD.

Software package management: DEB

Slackware:

Pros: Highly stable and bug-free, strong adherence to UNIX principles.

Cons: All configuration is done by editing text files, limited hardware auto-detection.

Software package management: TGZ

Lycoris:

Pros: Beginner-friendly, designed to resemble Windows.

Cons: Outdated packages, long development cycles, requires per-seat licensing for commercial use.

Software package management: RPM

Lindows:

Pros: Designed for beginners, quick and easy installation, one-click software installation.

Cons: Expensive, annual fees apply for access to software pool, annoying marketing practices.

Software package management: DEB

Xandros:

Pros: Designed for beginners, works out of the box, excellent file manager and other useful utilities.

Cons: Includes proprietary components, which prevents re-distribution, no free download.

Software package management: DEB

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Old 05-23-2003, 09:46 AM   #32
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I'm a newbie here too. I've tried to install RedHat, Slackware, and at least one other distro over the past 2-3 years for fun. I've never been successful due to hardware. Unfortunately, I'm a tighter budget than most and cannot afford to just buy new hardware. Recently, I installed Mandrake with NO problems. And, I'm going to try to install it on another machine. So, based on installation alone, Mandrake 9.1 gets my vote!
 
Old 05-23-2003, 10:03 AM   #33
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Yes Mandrake is no doubt one of the more stable distros of Linux. Aside from its no-brainer install, it has a very stable GIU.... My favorite is still Red Hat though...
 
Old 05-23-2003, 10:27 AM   #34
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I didn't like Red Hat much. Mostly becuause I couldn't figure out how to change the screen resolution to make more pixels fit on the screen so right now I'm staying with Mandrake.
 
Old 05-23-2003, 12:02 PM   #35
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Ekim: there are options. click on the kde icon (or redhat, whatever it was) then click system preferences -> display
 
Old 05-23-2003, 02:42 PM   #36
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I was too lazy to do that. I like Mandrake better though. But I have a question, what would Debian best be used for?
 
Old 05-23-2003, 10:23 PM   #37
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well, i haven't used Debian but i hear its good for gaming.... i could be wrong...
 
Old 05-23-2003, 10:46 PM   #38
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I'm thinking of trying that out maybe next year or when I get a new hard drive to fool around with.
 
  


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