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Old 01-26-2006, 07:01 PM   #1
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Should I change distros?


First of all, I'd like to say that I've only posted twice before, after all personal efforts failed, and both times your responses absolutely saved the day. I'm very grateful. Please, one more time. After a long time of running RedHat 9, I have had major difficulty installing downloaded programs. Note that I installed in Workstation mode, with all the compilers. Some install, but most give error messages like "need this", "need that", "can't find this", "can't find that", etc. Would I be better off trashing RedHat and installing another distro?
 
Old 01-26-2006, 07:11 PM   #2
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The things you are talking about are dependencies. RPM distros can be difficult with them at times. You can look into YUM or apt4rpm to give you apt-get like commands, to fix dependency hell, if you want to stick with redhat, but why, it's old. If you like redhat, look at installing fedora(which has yum I think), otherwise, Ubuntu is a very newbie friendly distro.
 
Old 01-26-2006, 07:12 PM   #3
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red hat is a fairly old distro now, which has *sorta* been replaced by fedora core which is at release number 4 now, which should give you an idea of how outdated red hat 9 is....so yeah, i'd suggest checking out another newer distro, perhaps fedora core 4, if you're partial to red hat...it will have all the updated libraries and tools and such, and life would be much easier for you
 
Old 01-26-2006, 07:19 PM   #4
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I would not expect to solve all your problems by changing distros.....

Basically, they all operate with some kind of package management scheme in which a lot of SW is available for easy download and install. Whenever, you try to install something that is not "in the system", you may have to jump thru a few hoops.
This said, my experience (limited) is that Ubuntu (based on Debian) has the best package management I have seen.
 
Old 01-26-2006, 08:14 PM   #5
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Redhat Free is pretty old, I'd certainly be updating based on that, Fedora isn't really just like an updated Redhat, it's much larger than the old Redhat releases and is a testbed for their enterprise version.
 
Old 01-27-2006, 06:21 AM   #6
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Have you considered Mandriva Linux 2006. I installed it recently and havn't had any problems with it. Also, the package management system is quite robust and easy to use (in my experience).

That said it does use RPMs (rpmDrake).
 
Old 01-27-2006, 06:28 AM   #7
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As said here before apt is the tool to get away from the dependency hell.

If you still want to continue with the rpms you should try that apt4rpm.

Mandriva and Suse have got apt. Both distros are replacing the apt with SMART, so in the future installing programs will be even easyer.

If its redhat you want, try Fedora.
 
Old 01-27-2006, 07:00 AM   #8
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Yes. I'm afraid that (at leats in my opinion) all RH based distros are like windows -- industry standard, but crappy and problematic. Get Debian or, if you have the time,guts and you're a damn madman, try Gentoo. If you want a good system as it goes, try FreeBSD or Slack .
 
Old 01-27-2006, 04:53 PM   #9
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Yes. I'm afraid that (at leats in my opinion) all RH based distros are like windows -- industry standard, but crappy and problematic. Get Debian or, if you have the time,guts and you're a damn madman, try Gentoo. If you want a good system as it goes, try FreeBSD or Slack .
if you go for debian, i suggest mepis as a decent desktop distro. it is what i use and it has worked nicely. i'm sure other distros are very nice, too, but i can't comment on them since i don't use them. ;-)
 
Old 01-28-2006, 12:31 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the responses! I now have my work cut out for me, but I anticipate success based on my
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