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Old 10-17-2003, 09:12 PM   #1
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Exclamation Mandrake or Red Hat


I'm a pre-linux newbie. I'm debating if I should go with Mandrake or Red Hat. I don't care if one is harder to get into over the other, I just want to know what any of you would suggest to me. I don't mind a challenge at all, so take that into consideration. Also, where can I download the latest versions of either? I hear it's free... THANKS!
 
Old 10-17-2003, 09:47 PM   #2
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I would recommend Mandrake at this point. Red Hat is pulling out of the non-enterprise market, and what they are setting up to take its place (Fedora) isn't too stable yet IMHO. You needn't limit yourself to just these two distros, though. Head on over to LinuxISO.org for lots of distros.

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Old 10-17-2003, 10:02 PM   #3
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I don't know your previous experience with computer usage, but if you do not get scared when
you see a prompt and want some (moderate) challenge, you could try the debian system.

It is not the easiest installation, but debian has its strengths in maintainability and consistency of the system and its great package manager (imagine the joy of the fact that most of the time of that you don't have to search the web for the software you are needing). It also has one of the biggest software archives distributed within.

Still, the Mandrake or RedHat would be a safe bet from the installers perspective. Mandrake has a reputation of being (new)user-friendly and Red Hat is quite common, so that having some experience in the most popular distribution is not a wasted effort either.

If you really want to break your head with challenges, you could try the Gentoo distribution or something as pathological as lfs.



To get started, you should obtain a cd from the linux distribution of your choice either by buying one from the local stores. Or if you have reasonably fast internet connection you can download one and burning your own copy.
 
Old 10-17-2003, 10:03 PM   #4
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Someone was faster, again.
 
  


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