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Old 03-16-2005, 08:01 PM   #1
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RH 5.2: Am I a cheapskate?

I have WinTel machine that I plan to convert to a dual-boot system. I intend to add a second 80Gb drive, devoting 30-40Gb to a linux partition. I presently have a copy of RedHat 5.2 that I purchased a while back. It would bother me for that purchase to go to waste, but if I would be better off downloading a new distro, I would do so.

Does anyone have any advice?

FWIW. I don't need bells and whistles. I like vanilla.
Old 03-16-2005, 08:07 PM   #2
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Ehh.. at least download RH 9. You're not a cheapskate - you just supported Linux and never got around to using their great product. At the very least I would go with RH 9, that is if you wanted to keep the RH name.

Slackware is really cool, you should check that out.

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Old 03-16-2005, 08:11 PM   #3
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Well, 5.2 is quite outdated. If you've got the bandwidth, download Redhat FC3 (Fedora Core 3) or
Mandrake at
for a new user friendly installation experience and support for a wider range of hardware. CD-Burner required unless you feel up to making boot disks and doing a network install.

Old 03-16-2005, 08:15 PM   #4
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The most important piece of hardware that will need support is a cable modem.

Are not so new distros like RH9 widely available? I don't have any particular attachment to RH, it is just what I have taking up space at home.
Old 03-16-2005, 09:48 PM   #5
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Distribution: Vector Linux 5.1 Std., Vector Linux 5.8 Std., Win2k, XP, OS X (10.4 & 10.5)
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I suggest that you give Conectiva 10 a try. It is a Redhat based distro with slice of Debian.

It is easier then windows to install and it has decent hardware detection.

For more information see my posts in the Conectiva Forum.



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