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Old 02-27-2004, 11:41 AM   #1
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Fedora or SuSe?


I am interested in buying a new distribution but I don't know which one to choose. I am going to select either SuSe 9 Pro or Fedora core 1. What I need to know is which one is the most user-friendly and in which one will Kernel 2.6.3 be installed easier....

I do not want to cause arguments, all I want is to be helped to choose the distribution which is more suitable for me. If you know please reply.
 
Old 02-27-2004, 12:01 PM   #2
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"I am going to select either SuSe 9 Pro or Fedora core 1. What I need to know is which one is the most user-friendly and in which one will Kernel 2.6.3 be installed easier...."

I used SuSE for three years and then switched to Fedora Core 1. The differences between the two are minor. At the time I switched Fedora used later releases of all the software than SuSE. Fedora has tried to merge the Gnome and KDE desktops into a single theme called Bluecurve. I prefer the SuSE practice of leaving Gnome and KDE in their native state.

I don't know whether Fedora or SuSE will provide support for kernel 2.6.3 first. If you compile your own kernels then there is no difference in the ease of kernel installation between Fedora and SuSE.

You said that you are going to buy a new distribution. If you buy SuSE 9 Pro you get some support from SuSE. You get no support for Fedora whether you pay for it or not. If you pay for Red Hat you get some support from Red Hat.

If I were paying for a distribution I would buy SuSE. Since I use free distributions I prefer Fedora to the free version of SuSE.

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Old 03-20-2004, 11:40 AM   #3
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SuSE 9.1 comes with linux 2.6 and so do does Fedora 2 (which is due out soon)
I alway felt that Fedora has a better GNOME and SuSE has a better KDE (since they are major sponsors). SuSE is probably a little more like Mandrake, if you are more used to that.
 
Old 03-20-2004, 02:04 PM   #4
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"I alway felt that Fedora has a better GNOME and SuSE has a better KDE (since they are major sponsors). SuSE is probably a little more like Mandrake, if you are more used to that."

I used SuSE for three years and I used both GNOME and KDE. Fedora has created something they call Bluecurve. The idea of Bluecurve is to have the desktop look the same in both GNOME and KDE, which it does. But the cost of Bluecurve is that KDE is far less configurable with Bluecurve than it is in its native state.

SuSE leaves both GNOME and KDE in their native state. On SuSE I set up my Gnome and KDE desktops to look very different, which I would also prefer to do on Fedora if I could. Also SuSE does not "dumb down" KDE like Fedora does with Bluecurve. Therefore you can do more to configure KDE under SuSE than you can in Fedora.

I have not noticed that Bluecurve has any detrimental effects on Gnome configuration other than forcing GNOME to have the same desktop as KDE.

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Old 03-21-2004, 12:13 AM   #5
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SuSE's default GNOME theme has a special modification to make it look more attractive when running KDE applications. The package lists for GNOME System show this to be true.


You may remove Bluecurve and/or GNOME from Fedora at any time if you wish. It is there as part of the Ximian desktop look. Fedora comes with a complete set of KDE themes. SuSE has more themes. I think SuSE is a slightly better choice for ease-of-use and carefree kernel compiling. Best of luck

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