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Old 02-10-2004, 11:56 AM   #1
GradyVogt
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Upset.. Not sure what to get...


I have been a longtime redhat user.

I am sure you know they are stoping production of RH9. SuSe is NOT free anymore nor is Mandrake.
I am not a cheap skate i just cant afford to go buy one until I like it. I have used suse and mandrake in the past...

I have heard debian is good and so is slackware.. Onething I did like about RH is it had the up2date program that self installed updates.
Help me out, what flavor should I move to???
 
Old 02-10-2004, 12:09 PM   #2
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Mandrake 9.2 ISO's are still out there for free.
 
Old 02-10-2004, 12:45 PM   #3
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"SuSe is NOT free anymore nor is Mandrake."

I'm not sure what you mean by 'anymore'. They're as free as they ever were. You can download MDK iso files and can ftp install SuSE for free.

"I have been a longtime redhat user."

Are you rejecting RH's Fedora Linux distro for any particular reason? It's completely free, is based on RH 9's design, and is actively maintained and updated.

Last edited by Greyweather; 02-10-2004 at 12:50 PM.
 
Old 02-10-2004, 12:58 PM   #4
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If you want a good update program/package manager that will install the files and take care of dependencies the your best bets are : Debian (apt-get), ArchLinux (Pacman RULES :P), Gentoo (Portage).

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Old 02-10-2004, 01:10 PM   #5
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Thanks,

I was downloading debian then went to slack ware? hmm.. If it has a good interface I might just get debian. Solves newbie problems...
 
Old 02-10-2004, 05:03 PM   #6
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What do you mean when you say "if it has a good interface"? What constitutes an interface when referring to a distro?
 
Old 02-10-2004, 07:24 PM   #7
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An EASY to use graphical interface.
I have always been involved with windows servers and how they function. I want to learn more linux and I just like some things more simple. Others I stick it out and read the directions and figure it out.
 
Old 02-10-2004, 09:32 PM   #8
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debian has the worst graphical setup.
If possible download the Libranet 2.7 whatever and use it as a base to install the pure debian distro.
If you are a newbie don't use debian.
Go with Fedora Core 1 or Mandrake 9.2
If you are comfortable with the command line and editing XFree86.config you could try debian
Mandrake has the drakwizard which can graphically setup servers.
fedora Core 1 has running apache problems
 
Old 02-10-2004, 10:17 PM   #9
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Is mandrake going to stay alive? They were based of the RH desktop system? Now that RH stoped production what are they going to do?
I also could not find a download option just purchase for Mandrake 9.2.

I will give Debian a shot, Cant hut nothing its on a dedicated system. I am so so with editing the XFree86 in command. I use the MC tool.

As for the Install I think I am ok. I have installed Linux since RH4. That sucked!

I am OK with stumbling around and making it work.

What about SUSE? WOrth the 90bucks? What other options should I do?
 
Old 02-11-2004, 04:46 AM   #10
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You can download mandrake 9.2, keep looking, I switched from Fedora and I love it, great font rendering.
 
Old 02-11-2004, 06:36 AM   #11
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SuSE is not for the adventurous, If you want a lot of packages and are content with not having the latest and greatest try SuSE.
The 90 bucks is mainly for the excellent manuals included.
For the latest and greatest in suse, apt-get is the way to go, but their KDE builds on their website are hard to get
 
Old 02-11-2004, 07:57 PM   #12
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...mandrake is no longer tied to red hat, although you still find the occasional red hat ref in the files. There will be a v10 out in the next few weeks, RC1 is supposed to be out tomorrow.

Mandrake is still free to download. Check it out here:
ftp://ftp.lip6.fr/pub/linux/distributions/mandrake/iso/
 
Old 02-11-2004, 08:24 PM   #13
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Thanks..
I am downloading M9.2 right now..
 
  


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