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Old 10-05-2003, 09:34 AM   #1
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RedHat, Mandrake, Slackware.. what's the best one?


This probably has been beaten to death thousands of times, but what distribution is easiest for the newbie and most "window$" alike.
I already installed Mandrake 9.1 but now started to think is there "better" ones.

Apples and oranges but every opinion and explanation is welcome.

Old 10-05-2003, 09:43 AM   #2
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i need help in this area laso.
Old 10-05-2003, 10:19 AM   #3
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Mandrake is the best one, but not the most user friendly. Redhat is easier then mandrake, I think there are other's out there easier then Redhat but it's the easiest that i've used
Old 10-05-2003, 10:52 AM   #4
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This has been asked to death, you could try to search the Distribution forum where this is asked and answered all the time. You will most likely find your answer and then plus some more good information about distro's.
Old 10-05-2003, 11:11 AM   #5
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i would have to disagree with kaega... I found mandrakes control center to make everything very easy, then redhat is a close second BUT its DAMN UGLY as far as kde and gnome goes I like xfce4 A LOT so i use that but do major configs with kde... its all opnion.. slack well that goes up on the harder distros. thats my opinion
Old 10-05-2003, 11:34 AM   #6
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mandrake used to be redhat but broke off
Old 10-05-2003, 11:43 AM   #7
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Yes it has been asked a lot, and remember at one point you may have been the one that asked that question. So please be patient and provide a link or answer the question, if you cannot do one or the other please don't bother to post a vauge answer.

If you are looking for information on which Linux might work for you, I think one of the best places to start is you will find a ranking of the most popular at the moment a short discription of each one and review links as well as other links for each one. I know a bit wordy but you get the idea.

My personal opinon, If you want to learn Linux then Slackware is excellent. I was supprised how simple many things were. But and thats a big BUT, I had to commit to a little reading and be willing to configure most of the system with a text editor. But I must say its not perfect nor is any Linux perfect. I have found now that I have dug into Slackware and am comfortable with it I cannot get comfortable with any other. I control what is running, I know the system inside and out now, setting up IPtables, Burner, Mouse, Video, etc. Compiling software is interesting and takes a little time. But once you have your slackware system set up its fast and its a good feeling to know you learned a lot.

So slackware is not for everyone, it takes a little effort and commitment.

As far as Redhat and Mandrake hmmm I have found them to be slow and well buggy, that could be my computers who knows but slackware is rock solid on my equipment.

Give Lycoris a try, no it does not have the latest shell but it is very nice to work with and comes ready to rock.
Old 10-05-2003, 01:17 PM   #8
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HI, all if you are willing xandros is $99 it's debian based and it configures everthing on boot. it takes about 15=20 min to install
it very easy to install.
ps im a newbie.


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