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Old 11-06-2003, 12:46 AM   #16
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Re: OS Decisions

i was in the same situation as froZenX said few days ago. but since now i'm still in love with my rh9, then i'll wait to see that Feldora thing

i might be migrate to Feldore someday. almost sure of that. suse is nice, but screw me up to install it. installing knoppix to hdd also nice, but i wonder why i have to do that, cuz knoppix would not fly from cd if everyone do that
-- not a clever suggestion but i love my rh 9
Old 11-06-2003, 02:53 AM   #17
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Distribution: SuSE 9.0! and loving it!
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Stick with RedHat 9!
The new policy only affects you if you buy the boxed set.

If you download the ISO's like me, you don't get support anyway.

Its a very stable OS and a lot of programs are mostly in redhat .rpm's... (saves you the bother to compile things a lot!)

RedHat 9 is still quite new, so your not going to be outdated...

the only sad things is that for now there isn't going to be a Redhat 10

Anyway, I'm going to stick with RedHat for at least a few months... I'll get SuSE prolly when the next version will come out...
Old 11-06-2003, 05:53 AM   #18
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IMHO Mandrake would be good if you're not too technically knowledgeable yet, it's a very easy to use distro right out of the box and it comes with heaps of software. Slackware is also a great distro - the learning curve is steeper, but you'll end up learning a great deal.
Old 11-06-2003, 09:32 AM   #19
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Originally posted by bukowski
suse 9.0 is available in ISO via bittorrent, for free (not directly from suse, but still, it's all over).
Huh? I went to their site, but they have only their own software, what did I do wrong?! Could you please post your URL for me to check. Thanks
Old 11-06-2003, 10:40 AM   #20
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I think you might want to look at SlackWare

I tried Mandrake and Red Hat but it's almost like having windows on your
computer. With SlackWare you have total controll.

.... But the final decision is up to you only you know what you want to use it for.
Old 11-06-2003, 01:24 PM   #21
Registered: Sep 2003
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With these decisions, I may go and download Fedora now off bittorrent (someone posted the .torrent at suprnova) with already 1000+ seeds. If it really sucks up the butt, I may then go Slackware, etc then to Mandrake, and then if all else fails, SuSe.

Thanks for the great help guys!
Old 11-06-2003, 07:08 PM   #22
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I'd start looking Eugene - No more errata for Red Hat - as far as I've understood after dec 31 - 2003... I spent an hour downloading Gentoo and Debian last night and I'm preparing myself for the plunge, just need to do a few more backups...
Old 11-11-2003, 06:23 AM   #23
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No more errata for Red Hat - as far as I've understood after dec 31 - 2003...
Errata? what?

If you mean support, I don't get support anyway...
If you mean updates... I have apt-get...

Anyway, I'm going to switch to SuSE... (might as well...)
Old 11-11-2003, 10:04 AM   #24
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Does the fact that SuSu costing money scare you? I paid $50 for SuSu 8.2 and I got a lot with it. 2 books, 2 dvd's and 5 or 7 disks (don't remember). It's a great distro, and just becuase it costs money doesn't mean you should blow it off.
Old 11-11-2003, 10:55 AM   #25
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I'm going to FTP install it... or try to... I might just buy it...I don't know...
Old 11-11-2003, 11:03 AM   #26
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Suse costs money? I only paid 10 (GBP) for Suse 8.2 Personal at Amazon UK. Of course this was 2 weeks before Suse released v9.0 (I didn't know that was going to happen at the time), but 10 ($15?) for the CDs, a manual and a sticker is a bargain.

Install was fine except nvidia drivers (who gets them working first time anyway?), Palm synchronisation and detecting my digital camera.
Old 11-18-2003, 10:11 AM   #27
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i can say this: wih the 30$ you spend on suse personal...its worth it. in fact, you'll want to spend the 60$ for professional once you get personal (like me, lol). just ebcause it costs money doesnt mean its no good. i just got suse 8.2 with no tech support (got it from ebay). then i bought suse 9 from, and it installed easier than redhat or mandrake, easier than ANYTHING. its was as easy as installing a PC game. as for the tech support, i dont need it. suse detected 100% of all my hardware, even my winmodem !!! the only configuration i needed was to the video cards' resolution. after than i was up and running. ive been to redhat 9, mandrake 9.1, suse 8.2/9, debian, and i must say, none of them will ever bee as good as suse.
Old 11-18-2003, 11:06 AM   #28
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In my mind their has always been 6 major linux distros split into two parts. The first part is the more noob friendly ones:


The second group is:


I would always recommend a new linux user to use one of the first three distros simply because the installs are much easier. If your new to linux and you find yourself reading pages and pages of documentation on how to get the OS installed it may push you away from Linux entirely.

As a side note, I'd like to say that although I am heartbroken by RedHat's recent announcement I am a bit pleased. We should applaud them for making an effort to take Linux into the mainstream. It would be much different if they just left us out to dry but they have made an effort to create another similar distrobution for us non-enterprise users. I hope they have tons of success and Linux jobs start popping up like crazy. Don't you?
Old 11-18-2003, 03:22 PM   #29
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Stupid comments about SuSE and money

Hi guys ...

I don't know why this stereotype is being
repeated by various people all the time, but it's
certainly a load of bovine manure.

How is it more expensive to do a ftp install than to
download an ISO? What's the difference between
paying for a boxed Mandrake and a boxed SuSE?



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