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Old 02-14-2007, 06:49 PM   #1
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Smile What distro would be best for me?

Hey guys,
I'd like a distro that's:

- Got (very) good hardware detection ( I always have issues with my wireless card )
- RPM based
- Is NOT (open)SuSE

Anyone got any good suggestions?
Old 02-14-2007, 06:58 PM   #2
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If wanting RPM then I guess Fedora Core would be the choice.
You can install KDE during the install selecting the right boxes.
Hardware is fairly well done in FC5. Latest is FC6.
As far as wireless it depends on what it is. Unless a kernel module exist then Fedora will not have a module for it as default. You will need to install the required module to run it. Only thing in Fedora is the kernel source is not installed during the install process. You will need to install the kernel-devel-*****.rpm off the cd manually before compiling most of them like ndiswrapper or madwifi from source. Now if you upgrade the kernel then the module must be recompiled with the new kernel source. Lots of post on this subject. Use the search tool to learn more on the subject of kerenl-devel.

Old 02-14-2007, 07:26 PM   #3
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One of the nice things about LiveCDs is the chance of taking a distro out for a test drive before committing to a hard drive install. So recommend trying some LiveCDs.

Some of the distro that are RPM based and KDE centric are Mandriva, PCLinuxOS, and aLinux, just to name a few.

My personal favorite is Mandriva.

Good hunting.
Old 02-14-2007, 07:42 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, I didn't get Fedora to find my card.
Also I did a thread on the issue I have with the PC Linux ( IT WON'T BOOT! )

But I heard mandriva have a good rep, I shall check them out then,

Old 02-14-2007, 09:52 PM   #5
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those would be my top three choices for you, PCLinuxOS + Wireless =pain.

hope this Helps,

Old 02-14-2007, 10:47 PM   #6
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According to, Kubuntu and Memphis are debian based systems. Not that that's a bad thing, just pointing out Ryupower wants to use RPM base distros at this time.


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