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Old 09-29-2005, 05:02 PM   #16
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If your thinking of SUSE then go for it. Just install it. You will no doubt decide within a month if you like it or not. Whatever you choose you are not going to be married to it. This is not like choosing between a mac or a pc. Whatever decision you make will have no long term repercussions. I would suggest that you install SUSE today, because waiting on this board to come to consensus is a waste of your time.
 
Old 10-01-2005, 08:06 AM   #17
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Never try Mandriva because it lacks many developer packages in the freely downloadable 3-cd pack. Try Slackware, Gentoo (if you're adventurous) or even FreeBSD
Very untrue. Of course they can only put on the 3-cd package what fits into it, but you can always download rpm packages using tools like "urpmi", just like any debian user would use synaptic or apt-get. Also, many rpm packages are not distro specific.
 
Old 10-01-2005, 09:20 PM   #18
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It's all personal preference. I have tried many, and I find slackware the best for me. It's very unix-like and simple at the base.
 
Old 10-03-2005, 08:18 PM   #19
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Never try Mandriva because it lacks many developer packages in the freely downloadable 3-cd pack. Try Slackware, Gentoo (if you're adventurous) or even FreeBSD
And if you only download the install CD of Gentoo you won't get much stuff either, same with slackware or FreeBSD. Like these distros all the developer stuff for Mandriva is easily available on the mirrors, just go to http://easyurpmi.zarb.org.
 
Old 10-03-2005, 11:17 PM   #20
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Out of the 3 flavors ive tryed (mandrake, fedora core 3 and debian) I would say I would probably choose fedora with KDE
 
Old 12-28-2008, 12:34 AM   #21
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Red face Been there

Three years ago.
Your question is a typical MS user question.
It will take you a while to think in Linux, not just using it.

Anyway.
The most important thing for a newbie is documentation.
So, try Fedora or Ubuntu.
As a programmer, the most important thing to do is to understand that the Linux is not just a host for you binaries, when you know it well, Linux is a main part of you application.

And one last for the road.
Adopt the "Open source" philosophy.
In a way it will help you understand linux better.
It will also make you a better person.(Boring, I know)
 
Old 12-28-2008, 01:03 AM   #22
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Therefore, in your opinion, what is the best Linux distribution for a professional hardcore C/C++ developer?
If you are really this, it should be fall-down easy for you to understand that they are all, without exception, GNU-based, and that the distro does not matter ESPECIALLY SINCE YOU WILL BE COMPLETELY COMFORTABLE BUILDING FROM SOURCES, MAKING ALL THE LITTLE "rpm" PACKAGES OR WHATEVER IRRELEVENT.

I think all the developer bundles are kind of a joke; after all, the time you put into using something totally dwarfs the time it takes to install from source, and all distros use exclusively GPL stuff, which means the source is not an exclusive part of one distro or another.

Last edited by mk27; 12-28-2008 at 01:12 AM.
 
Old 12-28-2008, 08:44 PM   #23
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RE: Been there

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Originally Posted by pomazak View Post
Three years ago.
Your question is a typical MS user question.
It will take you a while to think in Linux, not just using it.

Anyway.
The most important thing for a newbie is documentation.
So, try Fedora or Ubuntu.
As a programmer, the most important thing to do is to understand that the Linux is not just a host for you binaries, when you know it well, Linux is a main part of you application.

And one last for the road.
Adopt the "Open source" philosophy.
In a way it will help you understand linux better.
It will also make you a better person.(Boring, I know)
It's indeed about three years ago that this thread was started.
 
Old 12-29-2008, 06:43 AM   #24
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Never try Mandriva because it lacks many developer packages in the freely downloadable 3-cd pack. Try Slackware, Gentoo (if you're adventurous) or even FreeBSD
I find the exact opposite of this. If you install from the DVD and select the development option while installing you get KDevelop, gcc tools, Python, Perl etc all installed. Also, Mandriva is great from a newb's point of view.

I do a lot of development on Linux these days and exclusively use Mandriva. I would advise installing 2008.1 with custom install and then select KDE if you go for it.
 
  


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