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Old 03-21-2005, 04:57 PM   #1
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I need a good easy to use 64 bit distro


I need a good 64 bit distro for my new AMD 64 4000+. I was thinking Fedora or I heard Knoppix was good too. I have mandrake right now. I need something that is free and good and easy to use. I seen that there is a new mandrake (32) that has 6 CDs and has Java and everything. Something like that would be nice. I have been using linux for a while and I would like a new a bit harder to use disro then mandrake (still versy easy though) and it has to be 64bit.
Old 03-21-2005, 05:01 PM   #2
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Why not wait a few weeks for the new Mandrake 10.2 x86 and x86_64 versions to be releases (probably all gunna be renamed to Mandrake Limited Edition 2005 tho)?
Old 03-22-2005, 03:08 AM   #3
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If you want a good easy to use distro that you can learn stuff as well go with Red Hat 9 , Fedora is a piece of shit , honestly. I have used Redhat 7.3, 9.0, Fedora Core 3, SuSe 9.1, Slack 10, and the best is slack. But I think that for your needs you'll probably like RedHat9.0. SuSe is good for noob, but you will not learn how to do anything under SuSe. And just an advice as a noob to a noob, learn how to install from source, it is the best thing, saves many many hassles and is easier than RPM,s. Also if you install from source make sure u use checkinstall as well.

Stay away from Fedora, it is weird, has it's own way of doing things , and if you have a problem, which you will have with it, you'll have hard time finding help. I find Slack much much easier then fedora and it is supposed to be the opposite way around.
Old 03-22-2005, 10:49 AM   #4
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SuSE was the first distro with 64-bit support.. it's also quite easy to use.. Being the first.. I suppose they have probably worked out a lot ft he 64-bit bugs... Worth checking out.. maybe wait until 9.3 comes out?? That should be quite cool..


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