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Old 08-11-2004, 03:48 PM   #1
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Mandrake or SUSE?


What is the better for a newbie? Which one is more suitable in terms of ease of use + support for windows programs that the begineer may need in the early days of his conversion to Linux?

I heared that either Mandrake or SUSE. But I'm not sure which
 
Old 08-11-2004, 04:15 PM   #2
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Mandrake is generally considered the distro of choice for newbies.
 
Old 08-11-2004, 04:19 PM   #3
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Suse isn't as easy as mandrake to start, but suse speeds along the learning proccess especially great for noobs and very good for xperts. If you like to read, get suse.
 
Old 08-11-2004, 04:43 PM   #4
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never tried mandrake...but suse has been an excellent distro for me...easy to work with..easy to learn with...
 
Old 08-11-2004, 05:51 PM   #5
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Why not try both, then make up your own mind as to which one best suits your needs and preferences? -- J.W.
 
Old 08-11-2004, 07:44 PM   #6
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I was thnking about trying both of them...but I wonder:

Can I install them on the same computer which contains also windows 2000 installed?

Is it easy to uninstall one of them later without causing problems to the other?
 
Old 08-11-2004, 08:39 PM   #7
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As long as you have the disk space, Yes, you could set up your PC to triple boot Win2000, Mandrake, and Suse. It's not really all that much different than setting up a regular dual boot system expect that you're adding in one more choice.

As far as removing a given distro afterwards, again Yes that's a relatively minor task too, and it basically just boils down to editing your boot manager to remove the undesired distro, and then you can just delete the partition(s) it used to be located on. Note that the newly free space can then be added to the remaining distro. All of these actions are actually relatively simple. Good luck with it. -- J.W.
 
Old 08-11-2004, 11:03 PM   #8
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I'm posting a link here that should provide a bit of help on how to set up a multiboot between Linux and Windows. You can also Google "how to multiboot windows linux" and click on the various results to get different slants.
 
Old 08-11-2004, 11:13 PM   #9
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just start with mandrake..
 
Old 08-12-2004, 12:01 AM   #10
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well i'll tell you what I did,

i started out with Red Hat 8.2. it was cool but was very confusing at first (i was a newbie in the Linux world). gave up and later installed Mandrake 9. i had the same luck as in Red Hat. it wasn't because the OS itself sucked, it was because i didn't know what i was doing. then i got Knoppix and played around a bit. then i installed Fedora Core 1 and it seemed nice at first until i had problems again. for some reason i couldn't get root in a terminal so i had to log in as root to do some things. gave up on that for a while and just recently installed SuSE 9.1 Pro. those bastards in Germany have done their homework!!!!!

bottom line is: get SuSE 9.1 Pro. sure it's a long download cause it's only available as an ftp install but it's worth it and it's become my main OS now!

hope I helped...
 
Old 08-12-2004, 02:55 AM   #11
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I started with SuSE, and it's great

Of course, Mandrake is very nice too
 
Old 08-12-2004, 06:30 AM   #12
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If you are planning on purchasing the distro, DO NOT GO WITH MANDRAKE if there is any chance you may return the product, which there always is if it comes damaged, etc...I once tried to return something that came to my house damaged, and it took them almost 2 months to answer me, whereas I contacted them before to buy something and they contacted me in a couple of hours....I found this kind of suspicious. I personally never liked Mandrake anyways, I was using it for the same reason as you. I would honestly say Fedora or SuSE, but that is only my personal preference.
 
Old 08-12-2004, 11:54 AM   #13
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You can choose downloads from here at LQ's ISO page assuming you have broadband. You can also either buy a box set of CDs from an official site such as SuSe.com or from other places such as OS Heaven or even Amazon if you are using dial-up and want to avoid a long wait for a download.
 
Old 08-13-2004, 01:00 AM   #14
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You always find different arguments when you discuss the best distribution for a newbie...this confuses me. I think this comes from the fact that everybody has different needs and different pc configurations which form his own impression about the first distribution he uses.

But Mandrake comes in 3 cd's while SUSE comes in just one. So, without reading through each package contents, I guess that Mandrake will have more programs available while in SUSE, I would spend more time on the internet looking for and downloading the same programs that comes already with mandrake distribution.

but in the same time, SuSE seems very stable and easy to install with no problems to mention. I have read a couple of articles mentioned that SuSe is way faster than mandrake and FC2.

I think I would try both of them just to know the better one. If it was Suse, So I have to spend some time till I found all the software that is already available with the other distributions.
 
Old 08-13-2004, 06:12 AM   #15
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Ok, to continue this thread, I am a newb as well. I have 2 win pc's and I purchased an old dell to put linux on. I have downloaded the 3 iso's for mandrake and the 1 iso for suse. NEITHER ARE BOOTABLE!!!
How do you install this da*n operating system???
The SUSE disk does nothing special on a win pc. I can browse the dir's and see there is content.
The Mandrake runs an autorun when inserted in a win pc. It gives me an option of installing and when I choose it, it tells me I have to re-boot. I do, and nothing happens. Where can I find a copy of suse that is bootable??? I know the dell will boot from cd, because I can boot a windows install.
 
  


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