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Well, after reading the latest updates on Red hat... I think i will try slack too. I didnt know they were being discontinued. And that they finally said that Microsoft is better than linux... WTF.
I cant believe I spent my hard earned money on a book for Red Hat. Although it did teach me some stuff about command line and stuff like that.
RedHat basically is crap now, and probably always will be, no updates,
Well if it wasn't crap before, then how can it be crap now. I don't know what you are talking about updates. I have no problems keeping my RH9 updated.
Just pick a distro and go from there. One step at a time. After awhile, things will start to make more sense to you.
Do i need to configure it in DOS mode?
No, you just need a seperate partition to load linux.
redhat and mandrake are a lot alike, and are relatively good for noobs. if you get into your slackware and become a true slacker, then give gentoo a shot, it will blow your mind, i have seen a lot of slackers that be come so loving of gentoo, it is about the hardest to setup but is suck a breese after that.
Well, it's a tough question. I started out with Redhat 7 - 8 and then was really disappointed with Fedora so I tried Mandrake 10.1 and really liked that a lot as a general purpose system that can run a server for testing and what not. Since Mandrake went to Mandriva 2006, I am looking else where --2006 just sucks for some reason. 10.1 is ok but me being a techy junkie, I am curious what other's have to offer since I like running a test server.
If you want a good solid desktop for general use I'd say Mandrake 10.1 or 10.2 is good. For a good server system Redhat 8 or 9 (I think it is) is good but a little more technical configuring things.
I've noticed that the newer versions of my favorites Mandrake and Redhat are getting watered down in their free versions though. You have to do a lot of updating yourself and while you might choose stuff to install --the installer doesn't install it (even after choosing to do it) for some reason on Mandriva and Mandrake 10.
My next exploration is Slackware --will keep you posted on my experience.