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Old 11-30-2003, 07:44 AM   #1
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Arrow What is the best Linux distribution?


HI

I was wondering what everyone thinks the best distribution for linux is.

Thanks

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Old 11-30-2003, 08:24 AM   #2
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This is kinda like asking "How long is a piece of string?" You will get all sorts of answers and opinions.

As for myself ... I like Mandrake 9.1

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Old 11-30-2003, 10:13 AM   #3
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little experience

I have very little experience but I would say Mandrake (MDK) is the best I have used. I am currently working with version 9.2. However it depends on what you want to use your computer for. If you want a desktop machine MDK is good to great, but for a server I think Debian is better. Or maybe its more like... if you want a desktop machine don't get Debian until you have serious Linux skills and can make it look good yourself. I have not used Red Hat or SuSE. Gentoo is also a little on the difficult side *I think*.

I am currently trying out CollegeLinux .
 
Old 11-30-2003, 10:20 AM   #4
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Gentoo or Slackware for me, for some reason I never liked Debian.
 
Old 11-30-2003, 01:57 PM   #5
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Is Redhat any good?
 
Old 11-30-2003, 03:28 PM   #6
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New to Linux

For those who would just like to try out Linux without partitioning your drive, you can run it right off your CD (you have to be able to boot from the CD - in theory anyway). Try this version:

Knoppix

List of Mirrors:
ftp://gd.tuwien.ac.at/linux/knoppix/...3-09-24-EN.iso
ftp://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/knoppix/...3-09-24-EN.iso
ftp://ftp3.linux.it/pub/mirrors/knop...3-09-24-EN.iso
ftp://ftp.uni-kl.de/pub/linux/knoppi...3-09-24-EN.iso
ftp://ftp.tu-chemnitz.de/pub/linux/k...3-09-24-EN.iso
ftp://ftp.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/dist...3-09-24-EN.iso
ftp://ftp.webtrek.com/pub/mirrors/kn...3-09-24-EN.iso

Download the ISO and burn it to CD. You'll be up and running in no time.

If you're determined to make the switch, I have found SuSE to be one of the best.

 
Old 11-30-2003, 03:53 PM   #7
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I've used : Lindows, Mandrake,RedHat, and Slackware.
I am currently using Slackware and I don't think I'll ever switch( Until I finish my operating system ).Slackware is hard.. (harder) but you get more control.I used the other linuxes for about a month then I switched to Slackware 7.0, then 8.0, then 8.1, then 9.0.
And when a new one comes out I'm using that.

So really its up to you wich one you use.. I like slackware best becuase I program a lot and I find it easier to program with slack than any other operating system( Windows 3.0,3.11,95,98,XP, Dos 3.0, 3.06, 4.0, 4.5 .. included).

Oh well.... that will change... I'm gonna finish my operating system.. it is designed soley for Programming, Browsing the net, Emailing, Some graphic designing, and a little gaming.

It will still be a bit before I'm finished but.. oh well.

 
Old 11-30-2003, 04:12 PM   #8
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What is the best Linux distribution

Hi WindowsBurner,

With all due respect, you are a seasoned Linux user and programmer. One has to remember that this is the Linux Newbie section of the forum.

Your post does make a good point though. There are many different distrobutions of Linux out there. Which one is best? Depends on what you're looking for.

 
Old 11-30-2003, 04:17 PM   #9
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Wel... really i started out with Slackware.. before slack all i could do with linux was point and click.And I've only been using linux for 3 or 4 years

But like I said it might not be best for newbies.
 
Old 11-30-2003, 04:53 PM   #10
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Slackware definitely...
Because it is pure, clean, fast, secure.....
Because it is Unix among Linuxes, because it doesn't have RPM, because it has BSD style init....

Last edited by AxeZ; 11-30-2003 at 05:00 PM.
 
Old 11-30-2003, 04:54 PM   #11
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Can I ask something?? Is redhat any good? I went and put it on a cd and I don't know if I should install it
 
Old 11-30-2003, 05:01 PM   #12
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Let me make this question better,
What is the best distribution for Development, Servers(apache) and a desktop?
 
Old 11-30-2003, 05:07 PM   #13
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Slackware is good for what you just said.. thats what I use it for... except for the desktop.. i dont use that much.. but it still works. And while your at it check out IceWM . Slackware and IceWM make a good combo.If you don't like IceWM then try gnome.After that.. I haven't the foggiest.
 
Old 11-30-2003, 05:10 PM   #14
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what's the best linux? the one that lets you answer other people's questions instead of starting another "what's the best distro" thread. (e.g., check out the zero replies thread -- i've got a few in there... )

to your revised question, it's still slackware.
 
Old 11-30-2003, 05:10 PM   #15
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Slackware is good for what you just said.. thats what I use it for... except for the desktop.. i dont use that much.. but it still works. And while your at it check out IceWM . Slackware and IceWM make a good combo.If you don't like IceWM then try gnome.After that.. I haven't the foggiest.
When I say desktop what do I mean? I don't understand by desktop? I just want it to be not in dos.

Oh and is Slackware better than RedHat? I mean for the stuff I wanted?
 
  


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