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Old 05-05-2003, 07:31 PM   #1
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whats Mandrake, Gentoo, and Debian


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Old 05-05-2003, 07:39 PM   #2
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those are different forms of Linux, with slightly different modifications on certain capabilities, and commands.
 
Old 05-05-2003, 07:40 PM   #3
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do they have the same GUI?
 
Old 05-05-2003, 07:53 PM   #4
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They can have the same GUI if you want them to, it's all about choice, if you want to make then all look and feel the same you can.
 
Old 05-05-2003, 08:02 PM   #5
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whats the best?
 
Old 05-05-2003, 08:17 PM   #6
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That's debateable. Too many biased opinions there. The best answer you'll get is Mandrake.. I mean, try them and figure out which one you think is the best.

Mandrake has urpmi to help with dependencies. It's RPM based and was developed upon redhat, so there are alot of similarities and compatibilities.

Debian is pure volunteer. It's packages are easily installed with it's apt-get tool. It handles all the dependencies for you alot like urpmi.

Gentoo is a source based distro. This means the packages for it are compiled to optimize the distro for your system. This also means it takes longer to install though. Gentoo handles dependencies and package install through an system called emerge.

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Old 05-05-2003, 08:20 PM   #7
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Really depends on what you want from it...

Mandrake = relatively easy installation on
standard hardware plus a reasonable set
of preconfigured applications ...
sofa with cute cushions, on big casters :)

Debian & Gentoo = ultimately versatile,
highly optimizable, not necessarily easy
to use if you're not willing to learn :)
anything from a city-hopper to truck ;)

For more info I'd recommend to just search
for threads with the words best distro :)

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Old 05-05-2003, 08:26 PM   #8
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well i just got interested in linux yesterday so the easier one to learn would be best. Is there other ones out there that are good 4 newbs?



(edit) also it needs to be FREE

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Old 05-05-2003, 08:54 PM   #9
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For new users Mandrake, RedHat and SuSE
are probably the best suited distro's ....

SuSE, however, doesn't offer ISO's for download.
If you have a fast enough connection you might
want to try their FTP install, though.

If you have good discipline (the will to learn)
I'd recommend Slackware ;) ... our little community
here on LQ offers very good support :)

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Old 05-05-2003, 08:59 PM   #10
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can they use GNOME?
 
Old 05-05-2003, 09:03 PM   #11
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All of them give you the choice between
several Window Managers / Desktop
Environments, KDE and Gnome being
the biggest (both in popularity as weight ;})

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Old 05-05-2003, 09:24 PM   #12
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All major distributions have both kde and gnome (the big 2 desktop environments).

Redhat is more popular, so more people are familiar with it.
Mandrake is next, considered by many to be newbie friendly
SuSE is mentioned as being newbie friendly.
Gentoo and Debian have a geeky install and you may need more Linux knowledge before you try those (although you learn a hell of a lot installing them).

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Old 05-05-2003, 09:29 PM   #13
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You might want to check out Knoppix as well as it will run off the CD.
 
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and try here for a list of almost all distributions; most
have reviews on them you can read to compare.
 
  


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