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Old 11-20-2008, 10:40 AM   #1
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Two distributions


I'd like to install two distribution in my PC, just to play around , don't mind to crash from time to time ...one will be Debian sid , not sure regarding the second one , it should be different approach and look (maybe rpm based ) .
Any suggestions ?
 
Old 11-20-2008, 10:49 AM   #2
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I'd like to install two distribution in my PC, just to play around , don't mind to crash from time to time ...one will be Debian sid , not sure regarding the second one , it should be different approach and look (maybe rpm based ) .
Any suggestions ?
Try OpenSuSE, Mandriva, or Fedora...
 
Old 11-20-2008, 10:51 AM   #3
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Fedora is your destination!!! Enjoy YUM!!!
 
Old 11-20-2008, 12:10 PM   #4
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try slackware, not debian based, not as hard as some make out, highly configurable, works just as good on old hardware as it does on new hardware.
 
Old 11-20-2008, 12:22 PM   #5
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dd if=/dev/hda of=backup.boot bs=512 count=1

is your friend.
 
Old 11-20-2008, 02:35 PM   #6
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dd if=/dev/hda of=backup.boot bs=512 count=1

is your friend.
The purpose of the 'dd' command to the OP other than backup? It's nice to backup but not that important unless you have something exotic in your MBR. Recovery is not that difficult.
 
Old 11-21-2008, 09:18 AM   #7
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Hi,


The purpose of the 'dd' command to the OP other than backup? It's nice to backup but not that important unless you have something exotic in your MBR. Recovery is not that difficult.
It helped me a lot when I was doing dual boot between FC and suse.
 
Old 11-21-2008, 10:52 AM   #8
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Hi,

That's what is nice about GNU/Linux, you can do it your way.
 
Old 11-21-2008, 11:01 AM   #9
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Each "distribution" is a pre-configured packaging of what is, software-wise, very much "the same old thing." So, once you select a distribution that you find easy-to-manage, you are not too likely to quickly change from it. Nor will there be a particular need to do so.

A "distro" writer first-and-foremost concentrates on developing a system to perform updates. The software updates are prepared in binary form (usually), then packaged into installers that know how to handle dependencies. (No piece of software, including all but the kernel of Linux itself, "stands alone.")

Since the "distro" writer is preparing binary packages, for use on hundreds of potential computer configurations in the hands of relatively un-tutored users, the configuration of these packages is usually "one size fits all," and therefore they are quite big. A "hardware discovery" program is built into the initial install system to try to cut that down a bit, but you still might find that your computer has support for a "DecSystem 20 token-ring adapter" and that it checks every single time at startup to see if your laptop just happens to have one...

The Linux system itself, though, isn't supposed to (have to) be "the center of your attention." It's supposed to be a stable platform that, you know, "just works" so that you can play your games or massage your spreadsheets or look at or whatever-else-it-is that you do with your computer. In that regard, one "distro" is likely to be about-as-satisfactory as any other.
 
Old 11-21-2008, 11:45 AM   #10
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If you want something a little different, try Slackware as a good contrast and complement to Debian.
 
  


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