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Old 01-11-2006, 07:33 PM   #1
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Suse or Fedora ???


I hope this is in the right place...
Here's the situation....
My brother-in-law wants to make the switch to Linux.. or at least dual boot Linux and Win XP from 2 seperate hard drives.

He would like to know what distro to go with if he had to choose between Suse or Fedora.

Hes looking for a stable distro with the KDE desktop. I told him I personally use Suse 9.3 and i've read only good things about the 10.0 release, also I have had no problems getting 9.3 or 10.0 to dual boot with windows.

One of the reasons hes considering fedora is that a couple of his office mates use this distro with what seems to be good sucess. I haven't used fedora or know anyone who does, but the reviews i've read for Fedora Core 4 have not been all positive.

So what do you Linux Noobs and Gurus alike suggest for someone making the switch ????

*note : I also thought of suggesting Kubuntu, but some things like the "sudo" command are not distro agnostic.
 
Old 01-11-2006, 08:05 PM   #2
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Flip a coin.

Seriously, try ANY of the free distros. After some hours, you'll know better what you are looking for.

Dont understand the comment about (k)ubuntu and sudo
 
Old 01-11-2006, 08:10 PM   #3
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I always recommend taking one of these tests to see what linux may be right for you:

http://eedok.voidofmind.com/linux/chooser.html

http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/index.php

But maybe more important in this case is who will be helping him the most, you or his co-workers?
 
Old 01-11-2006, 08:28 PM   #4
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Personally, I'd go with Fedora. Although, it depends on what you want to do.

SuSE comes with a BUNCH of stuff. For me, it was a little too much, and I got lost in all the graphical tools they provided. From what came in the list, I'd say it was a distro geared towards office users.

Fedora (im my experience) was a little more flexible. Choose to go heavy on the graphical, or not really at all. However, since Fedora is alaways being updated, some of the stuff is a little unstable. But if you stay a version behind what in the RPM repositories, you should be fine.

And that's my (rough) sum of the two.

You are the ultimate judge, though.
 
Old 01-11-2006, 08:35 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input ... i'll let him know .
I appreciate the quick help !!

The sudo command that is native to Debian based distros is what i was refering to ... and with Kubuntu ..(not sure about other distros) you use this command instead of logging in seperatley as root .. it was more confusing for me.
 
Old 01-11-2006, 08:40 PM   #6
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sudo isn't really "native" to debian based distros, although Ubunut/Kubuntu use it. You can still do things by su'ing to root...
 
Old 01-12-2006, 12:10 AM   #7
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Sudo is good if used wisely. The way its implemeted in Ubuntu and derivatives worries me because if someone breaks into your system, they only need one password to control the whole system.
 
Old 01-12-2006, 02:03 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mike160
Thanks for the input ... i'll let him know .
I appreciate the quick help !!

The sudo command that is native to Debian based distros is what i was refering to ... and with Kubuntu ..(not sure about other distros) you use this command instead of logging in seperatley as root .. it was more confusing for me.
Easy to configure Ubuntu to use **normal** root login...

The ONLY flaw in Ubuntu---the default sudonorootuser thing
 
  


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