Originally posted by chivas
thanks! i went to best buy just to see how much stores are charging LINUX and they wanted $80+ tax for SuSE (Best Buy). Circuit City wanted $10 for Red Hat but i workstation. wonder why they charge people for something they can get for free. huh...
So what makes one Linux better than the other? or what makes one different than another?
"Linux" refers to the kernel - various groups have packaged the kernel with other apps to make different distros - they differ in configuration tools and methods of organization and updating, etc.
for ex., some of the "easier" distros like Mandrake, RH, etc. include graphical installations that are (usually) noob-friendly, while others rely on the user for more configuration work - each system has its pros/cons. the great part about it is that they are all free to try and experiment with.
asking which distro is "best" isn't a good idea - everyone has their own favorites, and it only produces neverending arguments and flames
take a look at distrowatch.com for comparisons, browse the distro forums here, and try some for yourself....