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Old 06-01-2005, 05:24 AM   #1
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Is Linux Really Stable?


I have started using Linux because I needed to run an application that's based on Linux. I changed several distributions: Redhat, Fedora, and Mandrake. I didn't like Redhat, Fedora had sound problems stability, and Mandrake had networking problems.
I am looking for a distribution that' has a stability reputation if there's any.

I appreciate any recommendation.

Old 06-01-2005, 05:31 AM   #2
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Slackware is probably the distro with the best reputation for stability.
Old 06-01-2005, 05:32 AM   #3
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Stability ?

Stability or easy handling?

If you don't know ?

Try the knoppix live cd. Cant be more simple then that !
Old 06-01-2005, 07:14 AM   #4
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Re: Stability ?

[QUOTE]Originally posted by ray alex
[B]Stability or easy handling?

Old 06-01-2005, 07:53 AM   #5
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Maybe you should take a look at Debian if you are concerned about stability.
Old 06-01-2005, 08:13 AM   #6
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For rock-solid-i-dare-you-to-try-and-break-me stability, I'd recommend first a BSD, then Slackware. Maybe Debian but I've never actually used it so I won't comment, I've only heard it good but I've heard some horror stories too so take that as you will...

On a different approach, both Redhat and Mandrake are pretty decent distrobutions, did you try working out your problems with those? Can't have been too serious I'd imagine since every linux distrobution uses various versions of the same kernel so if you've managed to install some obscure sound card/network interface in your computer that the kernel doesn't support you won't make it work whichever distro you use.
Old 06-01-2005, 09:31 AM   #7
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Moved: More suitable in our Distributions forum where this is asked literally daily.

And who said Linux was stable.. they've been lying just to get you to use it..
Old 06-01-2005, 09:34 AM   #8
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Linux can be very stable. If you pick an odd-numbered kernel or a distribution like Fedora you should expect instability since odd-numbered kernels are officially unstable (development branch) and Fedora is officially an unstable development distribution.

Actually that is why I hate RedHat. It used to be my distribution of choice, then they abandoned the market that put them on the map (the desktop market) and their only desktop offering is a distribution which is known to be unstable, is officially unstable, and is unsupported.

Slackware, Suse, Mandriva, etc. are all rock-solid out of the box. The only real software-related stability problems that come up with Linux are when you run flaky hardware (e.g., Abit motherboards ), new chipsets with weak support, or start patching the kernel with crap patches like that which is required for ATI's lousy Catalyst driver package.
Old 06-01-2005, 10:21 AM   #9
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check out slackware or debian
Old 06-03-2005, 03:12 PM   #10
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i have NEVER had my gentoo system fall over on me, apps yes, kde yes, X yes. the kernel, no, i have always got it back on its feet.


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