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Shinjuku 06-01-2003 10:37 AM

Distro Choice
 
Hi there, I'm looking for advice on choosing a distro that will both not only be nice to use in GUI mode, but will be relatively easy to install, and most importantly is considered to be very secure. Currently I've got Redhat 9, and keep up to date on security issues mostly via the RHN up2date utility. I kinda feel like I want to go down the BSD route, since I want to learn pretty much all there is to learn about working in Linux and I feel like the newer and nicer distros like Redhat 9 hide a lot of that from you.

Any advice?

trickykid 06-01-2003 10:45 AM

Moved: More suitable in the Distribution forum where we have many similiar threads asking this same question.

jt1020 06-01-2003 10:47 AM

First of all, BSD is not Linux.... theres alot of similar threads in this forum... try to do a search... anyway heres a distro review for starters to help you decide:

Major Distributions:
http://www.distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major

CD-based Distributions:
http://www.distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=cd

Discontinued Distribution:
http://www.distrowatch.com/dwres.php...e=discontinued

restless 06-02-2003 08:13 AM

well to be honest i only tried mandrake, redhat and slackware 8.1 and 9.

Mandrake and Redhat hide a lot from you.. they are very user friendly.. too user friendly to understand how linux works.

If you really want to know how linux works you can give slackware a try. I'm using slackware 8.1 because I had too much problems when installing slackware 9. Slackware 8.1 uses the 2.4.18 kernel and slack9 the 2.4.20 kernel.

I didn't have any experience with other distro's, but i heard gentoo is good either. but you need an internet connection to install it.

A lot of people like debian..debian is stable but uses older kernels and are a bit out-dated. So what i'm trying to say is that i suggest you use slackware, if you use slackware you'll have to configure your system by editing the config files.. (or you can use webmin). so you need to learn how linux works to work with it :)

hope this helped :)

jt1020 06-02-2003 08:34 AM

Hmm.. based on Shinjuku's post, i think you should either try Red Hat or Mandrake if your looking for a distro that will both not only be nice to use in GUI mode, but will be relatively easy to install, and most importantly is considered to be very secure.

But if your comfortable with using bash shell, terminal etc.. then I recommend Slackware... it focused more in text mode than GUI though.... but its a highly stable distro.....


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