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View Poll Results: What Linux distro?
Wait for Fedora stable
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 39. You may not vote on this poll
Distribution: Fedora, Mandrake 9.2, dare I say a little of M$ Longhorn? Ha.
Since really I have been hangin around here at the forums to pick up tip and tricks before I go installing Linux, my original choice was going RedHat Linux 9, but since the recent changes in their policy (screw you, we are only supporting Enterprise editions - RedHat) either I hafta go Fedora (which is still in test3, right?) or ditch it.
What should I do?:
Stick with RHL 9,
Wait for Fedora stable
Go SuSe 9 (or 8?)
I am begginner/somewhat knowledgable to linux. Just wondering in this situation due from RedHat.
I must agree. Why should an open source OS be available for a price. Fedora IS still in test mode, but I think it is better than RedHat 9. It has better customization ability and seems to be less of a headache to install than some of the others. S.U.S.E. is nice, bet why pay when you can get it for free. If you do decide to go with S.U.S.E., it is available as a free download, but it has to be downloaded and installed directly from an FTP server .
I agree - Mandrake should pull 75-90% of the RH migration. I'm surprised there's so much questioning. SuSE should pick up most of the rest, and maybe Slack and Gentoo and Debian will snag a few adventurous souls.
Install whatever your comfortable with. Try others when you get a chance, who knows you might like another distro. But your only going to get opinions from us and or each member will tell you to try what they prefer.
Definitely Gentoo, well my suggestion anyway.
If you're concerned about installation check this out: http://glis.sourceforge.net/
but IMO you definitely will learn something if you do the installation yourself.
RHL 9: No! Fedora stable was released today. Get BitTorrent and start downloading it right now!
SuSe: Never used it. It costs money.
Gentoo: My favorite distro. Use it only if you want to have total control, the latest packages, and, above all, if you don't mind waiting for a package to compile.