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iam now using ubuntu for my laptop and i want to usr an rpm based distro :-
all i need is agood package manager like yum that located at fedora and redhat to make me able to download software packages and programs and i need adistro to work with my intel wireless card and iam doing some programming stuff with perl and this is located at any distro which one you suggest RHEL5 Or Fedora 7 ? ...
I have had very good success setting up SuSE 10.2 and I really like the way nVidia video drivers work with it and I love being able to install it on an external Hard drive. The ladder always takes some manual edits to make it work, but work it does.
I am not sure just what you want to do with Linux, but the usual things like Internet Browsing with Firefox, email with Thunderbird or Evolution, CD/DVD burning with k3b, DVD copy with k9copy, file management with KDE Konquere, XINE DVD Player, AMAROK CD/MP3 Player and dual or triple or whatever booting with Grub all work just fine. I have been using Paragon Software'e $40 NTFS driver to read and write to Windows NTFS partitions.
The SuSE package updater still irks a lot of people, but it has been working fine for me. You can always switch to SMART if you like. I always have to make a change to get the KDE screensavers to work after the nVidia video driver update. Still, all in all I find using SuSE Linux to work very well. I think that if you are able to over come any issues during the install and setup, you are very likely to stick with that installation.
Today I was able to install a Windows Vista Font I moved over to Linux and got it looking great in SuSE KDE desktop (SEGOE UI ttf). It is the little things like this that keeps me interested in using Linux.
Good luck in what ever version of Linux you switch to.....
This is the distro I use and recommend, Why because it works right out of the box. No need to configure Everything, everything just works. It also comes as a 1 CD install that is a live CD that you can install later if you wish.
I've used Mandriva, SuSE, Fedora, Redhat, Centos, Knoppix, Debian, and Slax. I can tell you they are all pretty good, but Debian Etch is raw power, agility, speed, and flexibility. I would not want Linux that works right out of the box because I don't want to get in the habit of buying software, and Linux needs to be learned. If the distro is one that tries to do everything for you you never learn to do anything yourself. Then, if you have some problem, you won't know how to fix it.
The same is true of MS Windows. There are a ton of built-in tools for Windows, and Linux. You need to learn the standard Linux tool set. I see far too many Linux users endlessly reinstalling the operating system because they can't do anything but reinstall the operating system. Another note: When you learn Linux it is best to have another computer connected to the internet to google with.
but what iam asking about am already use linux and am abit experienced in it and i need to determine which rpm based distro will be suitable for me and i think i will wait for fedora 7 and see
thanx for all agian
You are already showing that you have an RPM based distro installed under your profile - SLED 10 - thats rpm based. Yum isn't really gonna be any better than the YaST that the SuSE uses (actually SuSE developed the YaST whereas the yum comes from yellowdog linux I believe i.e. thats linux for Macs).
Maybe you should learn how to use the YaST properly - it's a pretty clever piece of software.
Compared to the apt that is in the *buntu that you mention you have, rpm isn't as good, though it may be that you'd be better off with a debian based distro that is closer to "pure debian".