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Old 06-17-2003, 10:44 AM   #1
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various distribution of linux

Hi all,

Can anyone help me with the various distribution of Linux? Where can I find some useful information in very easy language describing their features (with plus/minus points too!)

I am trying to learn Linux and very eager to be good by Dec'03

Thank you in advance.
Old 06-17-2003, 10:49 AM   #2
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I would go to and look at the distro descriptions, and links to reviews.
Old 06-17-2003, 11:14 AM   #3
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Thank you, carlywarly. I appreciate it
Old 06-18-2003, 03:55 PM   #4
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help choosing a distro

Jo. I've been using redhat 7.3 and 8 on a few different 'puters, and I'm not really all that impressed. The only reason I've been using them is because everyone else at my work uses rh 7.3 and tells me how great it is. I work in a science research environment, do lots of fortran and C programming, latex to ps production, as well as use image and data reduction software (such as IRAF, etc.). Anyhoo, I like redhat because it comes with a bunch of stuff like latex, xdvi, etc, as well as compilers, etc. But I wonder if any other distros, such as mandrake, slack, etc come with as much of these free goodies as RH (as well as the ease of updates).

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Also, anyone know much about RH 9? I heard first it was just the next RH 8, but now I hear of an 8.1 beta.

Also, anybody know about this supposed problem using GRUB to dual boot an winXP and RH9 system if grub is put on the MBR?

Old 06-18-2003, 04:09 PM   #5
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I have been using Mandrake 9.0 on my system for a little while. It is really simple to use and the graphical install was nice. It worked right out of the box/download server. I am only using it until I get a feel for Linux, however, because my goal in all this was to learn about Linux and how it worked and Mandrake did so much for me that there is nothing left to configure. I plan on installing Gentoo as soon as I can talk people (parents) into buying a DSL line.
Old 06-18-2003, 05:00 PM   #6
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If you choose one of the major distributions that is suitable for your hardware you should be good.
Suse, Mandrake, Red Hat, in no particular order.
The main thing is that you are able to get your chosen distribution onto your computer and start learning.


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