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Old 09-15-2004, 09:23 AM   #1
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Linux distro?????? need guidence


Hi
I am a Windows programmer C++.
I secided to move to linux world.

I have got Red Hat Linux 9.0 . I installed it. I have got many problems: sound prob is one of tnem. I looked trought this forum I decided to move to SuSe or Fedora 2. But SuSe is available only trought FTP to install for free. So I decided on Fedora 2.

Please help me make clear a few questions.

If I will develop on this OS , will my applications be able run on other linux platforms (Linux Redhat Enterpraise, SuSe, Debian, Slackware...)???

What about Solaris and FreeBSD will my applications be able run on them???

Is the big difference (for programmer or application developer) between the mentioned OSs. Please sedcribe them in general(I see to understand it in details requires many books to read).

Who can recommend the better OS for me that can be downloaded fo free.

May be someone knows where is possible to download SuSe 9.1. fo free.

Who have downloaded Fesora2 and use it successfully.

My PC:
HDD 40GB
Proc Athlon 2500+
MotherBoard ASUS A7V8X-X with on board integrated audio
ADI 1980 6 chanel codec S/PDIF out interface ADI AD1980 AC'97 audio codec, integrated ethernet card.
Video Card: NVidia GeForce (64Mb)

Please help me

Grateful in advance
Wait for your help & guidence?

Igor
 
Old 09-15-2004, 09:27 AM   #2
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Adding to above

Who can recommend the better OS for me that can be downloaded fo free. And why????????.
 
Old 09-15-2004, 09:33 AM   #3
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I am not a programmer, but I know that many applications, Limewire, Openoffice and Crossover Office being some of them, can be installed on multiple distros from the same install file. So I'm presuming that it is possible to release a binary that can be installed on multiple distros. Anyways, why didn't you want to install SUSE via FTP??? It isn't that hard to do, and it is a much better OS than Fedora in my opinion.
 
Old 09-15-2004, 09:52 AM   #4
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I have heared thet SuSe is a good one. I do not have a stable and fast access to Internet.
 
Old 09-15-2004, 09:54 AM   #5
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What do you thik about ASP Linux (last version)???
 
Old 09-15-2004, 09:57 AM   #6
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Re: Linux distro?????? need guidence

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Originally posted by Igor007
Hi
I am a Windows programmer C++.
I secided to move to linux world.
Good for you!
Quote:

I have got Red Hat Linux 9.0 . I installed it. I have got many problems: sound prob is one of tnem. I looked trought this forum I decided to move to SuSe or Fedora 2. But SuSe is available only trought FTP to install for free. So I decided on Fedora 2.
SuSE Personal doesnt come with C/C++ compiler anyway and isn't hte best programming enviroment
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Please help me make clear a few questions.

If I will develop on this OS , will my applications be able run on other linux platforms (Linux Redhat Enterpraise, SuSe, Debian, Slackware...)???
most likely
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What about Solaris and FreeBSD will my applications be able run on them???
most likely
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Is the big difference (for programmer or application developer) between the mentioned OSs. Please sedcribe them in general(I see to understand it in details requires many books to read).
Not really. If you want a real development enviroment, I'd reccomend Gentoo or Slackware
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Who can recommend the better OS for me that can be downloaded fo free.
http://www.linuxiso.org

Also, it's bad manners, and against the rules, to bump your post without it going for 24 hours. You were about 23 hours and 56 minutes early
Cheers
 
Old 09-15-2004, 10:05 AM   #7
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Lol, couldn't tell ya, I actually have never tried it. If you go to www.linuxcd.org you can get cheap SUSE CDs, no manuals (still included on disc though), no fancy box or fancy looking cds and no support, for like 20 bucks including shipping and for me they came within a week or two.

If you are just looking for basic programming tools, pretty much every distro has them, it is only a matter of getting the CDs. Just be sure to avoid distros like Linspire, they are not good for programmers.

The reason I recommend SUSE to everyone is because it is every bit as polished as Linspire and Xandros, yet it still has the flexability and tools power users require.

But, Fedora is also a good system, as I used to run it. Fedora is not nearly as polished, and sound on it can be quirky at times, but considering it is free you can't really complain. Altho I read an article somewhere that Novell was thinking about trimming down future releases of SUSE Pro, so I don't know where the distro is going in the future. They may take Red Hat's same route and concentrate all their efforts on the server market, but it's not like there aren't plenty of other distros to choose from.

Anyways, yea, never used ASP personally, but it is probably good enough for programming. You could also try posting in the programming forum, they probably know a lot more than I do, at least I hope they would ). Anyways, ttyl
 
Old 09-15-2004, 12:34 PM   #8
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Thanks for guidence.
Please tell me what do you think about Mandrake 10 distro as a programming evironment documentation availability. please compare to other distros(FC2, SuSe,ASP,Slackware).

scuzzman
Why Slackware distro???
I have heard it is difficult to use for newbie. Is it provide good programming instruments and environment. Does it support my hardware.... Is a good docs on it. Why it is better than Fedora Core 2
wait for reply
!!!!!!!!!
Igor
 
Old 09-15-2004, 12:41 PM   #9
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The one with the best documentation is definitely SUSE. If you buya boxed version for $80 you get two huge books about SUSE and about Linux in general, and 5 CDs and 2 DVDs, it also supports i386 and x86_64. Mandrake is alright, I didn't care for it too much, I found it difficult to compile from source under it, it always was giving me weird errors that SUSE never gives me. I'd say Fedora and Mandrake are comparable. Slackware would also make a good programming environment. To be quite honest, they all would, its more a matter of personal preference. You should download some live CDs and play around with them a bit.

MandrakeMove is Mandrake's Live CD
Knoppix is a live CD based on Debian
SUSE Live Eval is a live CD based on SUSE, although it doesn't include much

You can also view screenshots or even install more than one.
 
Old 09-15-2004, 01:10 PM   #10
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Slack is a distro build entirely from compiled programs, whereas Suse/Fedora/Mandrake/etc are built from precompiled binaries.

It IS more difficult than some, but a little perseverence and common sense will go a long way. Choosing a distro is completely up to you, and you can do your own comparison @ http://www.distrowatch.com
 
Old 09-15-2004, 02:54 PM   #11
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Many thanks guys
I would like to ask some questions.
What do you think of Mandrake Linux 10.
1. Docs availability
2. Programming tools and environment
3. Perespective
4. Easiness of Moving to other Linux OS.
5. Popularity
6. Easiness of using
7. Posibilities (Things it can provide in security issues etc).

And please compare with Fedora Core 2, RHL 9.0.
I ask only your opinion.
what do you think of this list of distros:
http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major
 
Old 09-15-2004, 02:59 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally posted by Igor007
Many thanks guys
I would like to ask some questions.
What do you think of Mandrake Linux 10.
1. Docs availability
2. Programming tools and environment
3. Perespective
4. Easiness of Moving to other Linux OS.
5. Popularity
6. Easiness of using
7. Posibilities (Things it can provide in security issues etc).
Well, I'm running Mandy 10 -
1) They're very available, most are included
2) I program on mine and it works
3) I don't know what that word means
- 3a) It might be perspective, which is a little too general. Elaborate.
4) Haven't tried - been great with MDK
5) VERY Popular
6) Cakewalk - easier than windows most of the time
- 6a) Do not read this as easier meaning "No intellect required" - far from it
7) Urpmi/RPMDrake is a great installation/updating program, and keeps everything (even bug/security fixes) nice and tidy

Quote:
And please compare with Fedora Core 2, RHL 9.0.
I ask only your opinion.

Never used either m8

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what do you think of this list of distros:http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major

That's definitely a list of distros.

Last edited by scuzzman; 09-15-2004 at 03:04 PM.
 
Old 09-16-2004, 10:20 AM   #13
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prespective I mean is more worth to learn and use in comparisons with other distros.
 
Old 09-16-2004, 12:29 PM   #14
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In my mind there are 2 choices: Fedora Core 2 and Slackware 10. If you really want to learn Linux, go with Slackware. If you want a distro with a smooth installer, professional integrated look, and with the ability to still get your hands dirty at the CLI, go with Fedora Core. It's stable with lots of good community support. You can order the discs from ebay or cheapbytes. Also, check out www.distrowatch.com
 
  


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