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Old 01-20-2004, 06:33 PM   #1
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Choice of Distro


I'm at uni and want to get into linux. I've experimented in the past with Red Hat 6.0. I've been looking into the various distros but was put off by Mandrake because I cannot afford to pay for it. Considering it has been a long time since I used RH6 what would be my best choice? I'm a home user, mainly using it for my programming and packages like GIMP. I can get the ISO images for RH9 from a friend but I was quite intrigued by Fedora, and wondered how suitable this would be.

Another problem was that after my hard drive fried on me it was a rush job to get the replacement fitted before uni so I did not get round to partitioning the new drive. I'm currently running Win2k on the system. But I have a copy of Virtual PC 2004, which allows you to run multiple operating systems. One of my friends who is on a Mac Powerbook says that he uses it for various copies of windows to test his sites in. If I were to use linux with this as opposed to dual booting would I see much difference in performance or would I be better off just purchasing a smaller second drive. (By the way even though I'm using Win2k the drive is still FAT32 as my friend's Red Hat won't read is NTFS drive.) Thanks for any help that you can give me.

Old 01-20-2004, 06:42 PM   #2
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fedora pretty much = redhat10 (i havent tried fedora).
i have tried rh8 and rh9. rh8 better than 9.

if you're relatively new to linux, i suggest libranet.

by "run multiple OS", do you mean at the same time? if yes, i dont see how a performance increase will result.

ntfs is readable(and writeable) by linux (its part of the kernel now, and if you are using some older kernel, then there are packages available that will let you - i have used an rpm for the ntfs support before, and it's been mentioned here in these forums)
Old 01-20-2004, 06:47 PM   #3
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I suggess that you try Fedora. It's better than RedHat 9.0.
Old 01-20-2004, 09:58 PM   #4
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try Slackware, it is not as hard as people say it is.
Old 01-21-2004, 12:36 AM   #5
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Re: Choice of Distro

Originally posted by blumonky
I've been looking into the various distros but was put off by Mandrake because I cannot afford to pay for it.
you can get mandrake "download edition" for free...

of course, you won't get the technical support and proprietary extras you'll find in mandrakesoft's paid solutions, but it's still awesome...
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Thank you for all the help.

Is there much difference in the software avialable for the two distros?


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