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Old 10-04-2003, 09:57 AM   #1
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Question RH9 vs SUSE

Ok...being new to the game I have RH9 on my system.
Athalon 1.8
MSI mobo with everything onboard
the usual other suff
E-net on mobo
iee384 card
Mitsu 900u pro monitor

Ok...I use RH because when I tried loading (slackware, mandrake, gentoo,desbian, lycoris,ark linux,asp linux and a couple of others) I had a problem with connecting to my DSL carrier. With RH everything went great. After trying all of the above distro's I found that RH runs slower than the others I have tried. SUSE worth buying and installing? People on this forum say that RH is more of a server based distro and SUSE is more of a desktop system. If so should I switch? I don't mind spending the money to support the Linux project but I don't want to buy SUSE and end up stacking the disc's with all the other distro's I have tried!
Old 10-04-2003, 12:13 PM   #2
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I just bought SuSE8.2, So far I can't find a major diff between RH 9.2 & SuSE8.2. But:
On AMD1700 xp
w/ OS Windows2000
Desc RH9.2 SuSE8.2
---------------- --------- ----------
Installation time long(3 cd) short(1st. DVD)
NTFS HD detection NO Yes (auto mount)

Last edited by sib; 10-04-2003 at 12:14 PM.
Old 10-04-2003, 12:29 PM   #3
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I have both RH9 and SuSE 8.2 at the moment. Had Redhat for a year, very satisfied with it, have it running on several different PC's, installation always went really smootly. I am impressed with the SuSE live cdrom and also with the possibility to install SuSE over the internet (you just have to download and burn a small bootable iso of about 30 MB). And this all costs nothing. My impression is that SuSE is indeed working harder to make the desktop experience good. For instance SuSE recognised that I have a USB scanner and selected and installed the right drivers for me. RH 9 never did that. RH 9 is a bit conservative and cautious (you have to do some work yourself before you can play mp3's or watch dvd's but SuSE has it all ready). On the other hand the SuSE installation seemed to go slower and is more finicky than RH 9 which goes very fast and very reliably. I notice that Redhat is trying to de-couple the distributions which they make for businesses (enterprise linux) and the personal desktop / linux hobbyist distribution (Fedora). So am wondering if in the future there is going to be more divergence, SuSE for the desktop and Redhat for businesses and for servers...


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