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View Poll Results: What Linux distro?
Wait for Fedora stable
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i was in the same situation as froZenX said few days ago. but since now i'm still in love with my rh9, then i'll wait to see that Feldora thing
i might be migrate to Feldore someday. almost sure of that. suse is nice, but screw me up to install it. installing knoppix to hdd also nice, but i wonder why i have to do that, cuz knoppix would not fly from cd if everyone do that
-- not a clever suggestion but i love my rh 9
IMHO Mandrake would be good if you're not too technically knowledgeable yet, it's a very easy to use distro right out of the box and it comes with heaps of software. Slackware is also a great distro - the learning curve is steeper, but you'll end up learning a great deal.
Distribution: Fedora, Mandrake 9.2, dare I say a little of M$ Longhorn? Ha.
With these decisions, I may go and download Fedora now off bittorrent (someone posted the .torrent at suprnova) with already 1000+ seeds. If it really sucks up the butt, I may then go Slackware, etc then to Mandrake, and then if all else fails, SuSe.
I'd start looking Eugene - No more errata for Red Hat - as far as I've understood after dec 31 - 2003... I spent an hour downloading Gentoo and Debian last night and I'm preparing myself for the plunge, just need to do a few more backups...
Does the fact that SuSu costing money scare you? I paid $50 for SuSu 8.2 and I got a lot with it. 2 books, 2 dvd's and 5 or 7 disks (don't remember). It's a great distro, and just becuase it costs money doesn't mean you should blow it off.
Suse costs money? I only paid £10 (GBP) for Suse 8.2 Personal at Amazon UK. Of course this was 2 weeks before Suse released v9.0 (I didn't know that was going to happen at the time), but £10 ($15?) for the CDs, a manual and a sticker is a bargain.
Install was fine except nvidia drivers (who gets them working first time anyway?), Palm synchronisation and detecting my digital camera.
i can say this: wih the 30$ you spend on suse personal...its worth it. in fact, you'll want to spend the 60$ for professional once you get personal (like me, lol). just ebcause it costs money doesnt mean its no good. i just got suse 8.2 with no tech support (got it from ebay). then i bought suse 9 from amazon.com, and it installed easier than redhat or mandrake, easier than ANYTHING. its was as easy as installing a PC game. as for the tech support, i dont need it. suse detected 100% of all my hardware, even my winmodem !!! the only configuration i needed was to the video cards' resolution. after than i was up and running. ive been to redhat 9, mandrake 9.1, suse 8.2/9, debian, and i must say, none of them will ever bee as good as suse.
In my mind their has always been 6 major linux distros split into two parts. The first part is the more noob friendly ones:
The second group is:
I would always recommend a new linux user to use one of the first three distros simply because the installs are much easier. If your new to linux and you find yourself reading pages and pages of documentation on how to get the OS installed it may push you away from Linux entirely.
As a side note, I'd like to say that although I am heartbroken by RedHat's recent announcement I am a bit pleased. We should applaud them for making an effort to take Linux into the mainstream. It would be much different if they just left us out to dry but they have made an effort to create another similar distrobution for us non-enterprise users. I hope they have tons of success and Linux jobs start popping up like crazy. Don't you?