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Old 07-15-2004, 10:00 PM   #1
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Fedora vs Xandros vs Suse...what's diff?

I am researching Fedora, Xandros, and other distros for our network. We currently have windows NT and netware 4.11 (yeah dated), 120 users. I am considering opensource and linux all the way. Free is the price I like and am willing to pay for support.

What's the deal with Novell/Suse and E-directory? Why would I want to get Suse instead of Fedora? Or Fedora instead of Xandros?

By the way, I am proficient in windows but not linux. I will hire linux consultants for the project and to train me (hopefully). All these distros makes my head swim. Anyone have any ideas, or is there somewhere else I should ask this stuff?

Thanks, Kerry
Old 07-15-2004, 10:13 PM   #2
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All of them can be a good choice. yast2 scores for suse.

BUT, if you can pay for support, it can be a good idea to let the supporter do whatever distro he knows best. It boils down to what support tech is best for you, and this is a local question.
Anyway, if you like it free and the support will do the job, maybe you can add debian and/or slack to this list. Particularly if you want server stuff.

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Old 07-15-2004, 10:34 PM   #3
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I am not too familiar with such a vast implementation of a network, but I can give you a tip or two. With my experience and from what I hear from other Linux users, you probably would want to lean more towards Suse. Novell recently purchased Suse and they know about servers and networks. I hear Fedora is also another good distribution, but I would personally lean more to Suse. My actual choice of distribution is Mandrake, which I recommend to check out. It is the ABSOLUTE BEST distribution for the newbie. Everything in Mandrake is so simple and convenient and they offer support with a purchase of the distribution. They also offer server packs that would easily suit your needs, but they have a price. The Mandrake web site is located at and it will provide you with all the info. you need about Mandrake. As far as free distributions are concerned, they may not be able to suit your needs for such a vast number of users. You may have to buy a Professional version (Suse) or a PowerPack (Mandrake). The cool thing about buying a Linux distribution is that you only need to buy one and not one for each processor like Microsoft robs you for. The Mandrake PowerPack is priced at about $85, the Mandrake PowerPack+ (best in your situation) is priced at about $230 (still less than Win XP Pro and MUCH, MUCH more robust with literally thousands of programs (a list is available on their web site)), and Suse Professional, which is equivalent to Mandrake PowerPack, is priced at about $90. I hope I have helped you in a decision to Linux. I hate to see anyone being robbed by a monopoly that doesn't even need the money. Good Luck!



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