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Old 02-22-2004, 07:50 PM   #1
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lycoris, suse, whats the diff?

I have been trying out the different distros of Linux over the last month and I've tried Mandrake 9.2, RH9, SuSE 9 live, and Lycoris, and soon Lindows. It seems that the more a distro is in appearance to Windows the more people say that one should use a different distro. My Question is, although some dsitros such as Lindows and Lycoris are styled like Windows, they are still Linux and much easier to use, so what exactly is so wrong with using these? Granted, they often don't have free DLs and purchase only versions, but is there something I should know about these distros that make them 'weaker' than the more traditional distrobutions? (I like lycoris and lindows because they have installation 'helper' packages and they have media files already associated with a good app)

I'm not knocking any of the distros, I am just seeing if there is something I'm missing.
Old 02-23-2004, 01:15 AM   #2
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Only My Opinion:
It doesn't really matter what you choose as long as it's stable. It's all the same basic system, with mostly the same tools. Some have easy-to-use configuration tools that allow you to avoid having to learn more than you want to at the beginning. Most of these distros still give you the option to delve into the heart of the system and learn as much as you want when you feel comfortable doing so.
Many purists will recommend something they consider more powerful, faster, more stable if you want to really learn linux, and I agree with this to a point. The difference with using a more user friendly distro like Mandrake or SuSE instead of Slackware or Gentoo is that you're not forced to know too much too can go at your own pace. I've been using SuSE off and on for a couple of years, and it still suits me fine. I thought Slack was faster and easier on system resources, but at this time I'm still not ready to make it my primary distro. There are still some things that SuSE does for me that i have no desire to learn yet. It doesn't make me feel any less of a Linux user just because i like a GUI configuration here and there, and I don't think anyone should be pooping on a linux distro just because it's designed to be familiar to windows users.


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