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Old 11-29-2004, 11:27 PM   #1
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Question Need info on Suse

Greetings Fellow Linux users

I have been using redhat and Mandrake but now I am trying to use Suse

First Question: Is Suse personal good enough to learn programming like pearl, python, Java and all the others or should I go with the professional.

Second Question: I have 2 hard drives when I tried to install Suse personal it seemed to be installing it on the first hd which was windows ohh well I have to have windows rats. Any way I want to install it onto the second hd which is 40gb. How do I do it

Third Question: Is the (Fedora project) any better then RedHat Now I know that it is the same company but I also red that it is made a bit different. Also is there any Linux program that is better for learning to program then Suse?

Thank you all
Old 11-29-2004, 11:57 PM   #2
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1) Yes, but any distro will work for you in programming. You might have to install a programming language, but they will work.
2)During the install, it will ask you which hardrive, hda, hdb, etc. Windows will probably be installed on hda, and install linux on hdb.
3)My personal choice would be Suse Pro, if you can afford it.
Old 11-30-2004, 12:00 AM   #3
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Just about any distro comes with the tools to learn to program. And if they don't, its a matter of downloading them and then just about all of them your going to be coding in a text editor of your choice.

Fedora is the community driven project overlooked by Redhat, its free as where the Redhat versions now are mainly Enterprise "Supported" distro's that cost money, cause your getting support with it, etc.

And any Suse will work to learn to program, Enterprise or Professional is only going to give you more support and more selections of applications that you can most likely download, especially the ones you've mentioned that your interested in learning.

And you can install on your second hard drive, do a custom install and select the correct drive, etc.
Old 11-30-2004, 12:03 AM   #4
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Greeting right back at you, welcone to Linux!

1) SuSE personal does not include the development tools, so to use that to start programming you will have to download the tools.

2) Use the advanced option I think it is, where you lay out the partitions yourself. The second IDE drive is hdb, the first partition is hdb1, the second hdb2 etc. You will be partitioning hdb yourself. Make the first partition ~30-50meg and mount it as /boot. The second partition 2x physical memory and use it for swap. The third partition make as a logical partition using the rest of the drive, this is an extended partition and will show up as either hdb3 or hdb5. Then make hdb4 or hdb6 (depending on the extended partition number) maybe 30gig and mount it as /. Use the remainder of the drive for hdb5 or hdb7 again depending on the extended partition number, and mount it as /home.

3) Fedora would be better than RedHat unless you're talking about buying the latest version for a couple of hundred bucks. Still low / no cost is usually the better option depending on the circumstances. SuSE, RedHat, Gentoo, Debian et al are different distributions of Linux, no one or other will necessarily be better to learn programming. They basically all have the same tools available, with the exception of SuSE personal which like i said don't include the tools 'out of the box'.

Hope that helps,
Old 11-30-2004, 12:11 AM   #5
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Well Thank you all You Have been very helpfull.


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