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Old 07-31-2004, 03:42 PM   #16
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Originally posted by shengchieh
Here's my file on distribution. It really depends on what
you want, how much you want to learn, etc.



Here's my quick view of linux distributions.
However, do recognize that I runs Xandros, and in
the past, I ran Mandrake and Lycoris. I also used
Knoppix, Danix, and LiveCDdefender, all portable
CD distributions, briefly (to investigate a
problem with my wireless card). My comments on
linux distributions are what I observe, but did
not neccessarily used.

RedHat & Fedora
known for server, but starting to enter the
desktop market.

known for server. Has some progress in the
desktop market.

known for desktop. Helpful if the user knows
unix already.

known for desktop. Very easy to use by

known for desktop. Very easy to use by beginners.
However, it is not suitable for advanced users,
i.e., old libraries (can't do geeky stuffs). I
recommend Xandros before Lycoris.

Lindow (Linspire)
known for desktop. It is bad security practice
to run as root. If you're going to take the
trouble to learn linux, you might as weel have its
better security. Avoid Lindow.

used by geeks. Known to be rock-stable. There
is no rush to fulfill commercial means, so a new
distribution comes out when it is ready and no
earlier. Also known for server.

used by true geeks. Like debian except no GUI
(i.e., window interfaces).

known for bootable CD

known for bootable CD

There are hundreds of other linux distributions.
I think I covered the bigger ones.

There is no one "best" linux distribution. You have
to decide what are you using it for, i.e., desktop,
server, or both.

If you want to test drive without installing linux,
go for CD bootable distribution like Knoppix, Mepis,
Mandrake Move, DaniX, LiveCDDefender, etc (Knoppix
or Mepis seem to be the big two).

I like Xandros, but then, I only do simple stuffs
and some programming (complex, but can do because
Xandros is Debian-based). Also, I do no server

You may wish to slowly transite from Window to
Linux by learning softwares that run on both
operating systems. I.e., learn

OpenOffice (word processor)

Mozilla (web browser and email)

Firefox (web browser)

Thunderbird (email)

Opera (web browser)

Gimp (photo)

I use Mozilla for both web browsing and email because
Firefox and Thunderbird have not reached a stable
version as of early 2004 (i.e., stable version >= 1.0).
However, Mozilla will be discontinued in the distant
future and replaced by Firefox and Thunderbird.

Unfortunately, there is a lack of linux games. Also,
many software has not been ported from Window to Linux.
Again, think about what you need before shifting.
WOW when i read your posts i felt like i am reading linux manual.... that is SOO gr8 thanks you so much as well as big John.... well i what i will do is i will first make a list of all linux distos that i can find and start downloading them as theshengchieh said the ones for beginners first and then i will move on advance... buy the time i will be testing all the distros as well... ( now i feel like beta software anyway thanks alot guysss. i am very appreciated for your helps and i will be keep chekking this post if you guys put any more comments i will open all the comments please keep writing because this is the only way of our communication......


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