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But seriously, there's a few less technicalities to deal with, like not having to download mp3 support, which makes Mandrake just that little easier and faster to setup and use.
Mandrake was based off of Redhat, at RH v.5 or something, but now they are really thier own distro (except for RPMs).
For newbies, Id DEFINITLY recommned Mandrake. I havent been able to get one computer to install Redhat right, its install process is so stupid (you cant skip packages, and packages somehow get currupt on a perfect burn).
Plus, it comes w/ NTFS and MP3 support, almost a necessity.
PS. This has been asked A LOT, so search the forums.
PPS. This should be in the "distributions" section.
Couldn't resist answering your question, cause actually i asked the same when i started out .
I started out with Mandrake i think two years back, and then stopped with linux for a while, then i started again with Redhat, and to this day i'm still using it and will continue for the rest of my life. Works great for me,except for a small prob i'm fixing now.
About the mp3 support thing, you just need to install an rpm from
Distribution: RedHat7.0/7.1/7.2/8.0/9.0 SuSes 7, 8, 9, 10.0; HP-UX, Solaris
Hunh... I would go SuSe if I were you.
I'm now standarized on RH (shop standardised on it so I followed - didn't like it but heck that's life). I'll have to admit that RH jsut works. Apart for their mp3 support - but that';s easy to fix as a previous poster pointed out.
Sorry - though Mandrake may be more friendly for a newbie - if it does not work on your hardware you're just not serviced. Admit it (I hate to admit it myself) RH is most supported, in case of problems you'll have more luck finding help as it just happens to be the most widely used distro.
When I borwse the problems here I can't help but noticing a LOT of mandrake problems.... proportinally much, given the use of Mandrake.
I may be wrong. Just my 2cts. Suse 's the best, RH a (close) second.
Oh - and the comments about RH not letting you choose packages during install is plain WRONG!
Since Mandrake 9.1 i've been windows free redhat 9.0 suxx "just my opinion" if you choose redhat go with 8.0 or 7.2.Redhat 9.0 was easier to install on my system but i only ran it for a month and spent most of my time in mandrake. Like the others say it depends on what you use it for. And what type of system you have.
Distribution: Gentoo, Debian, Ubuntu, Red Hat/CentOS
Originally posted by Zohra\ Thanks everyone i guess i will go with mandrake 9.1
BOOOOOOO!!!! Mandrake sucks!!!!
just kidding...there is no right answer. I prefer RH over Mndk, but it is for silly reasons and now, I believe that Mdk has ntfs resizer packed in which could be handy for the new user. Either way you can't lose, only Bill Gates loses!