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Old 10-27-2003, 12:28 PM   #1
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Suse or RedHat ?


I've heard a lot about all kinds of distros, what i was wanting to know is from your experience what's the fastest and most stable distro. i heard that RedHat and Suse are the best but are they? and what version u think is best? thx for your advice...

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If those two are the ones you want to choose between I vote for Suse (8.x).

Made the Suse choice a while back and stuck with it. Don't have any experience with the current versions of Red Hat.

But I like LFS best of all. But that's not an option most of the newbies should choose for their linux introduction.
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"Best" is a purely subjective term. There are some distro's that are considered more friendly for newbies, such as Red Hat, Suse, and Mandrake. However, it is generally held that they are not as fast as distro's like Slackware, and especially Gentoo & LFS. If you want the most stable distro, it's hard to argue with Debian or Slackware. Fastest would probably go to a stage 1 Gentoo install, where you compile EVERYTHING for your own processor. If you want tons of software and GUI tools for doing everything, then check out Red Hat, suse, or Mandrake.

It comes down to choice and personal preference. Do you want the most stable? The fastest? The most easy-to-use GUI tools? You have to decide for yourself. Or better yet, do like I did. Get a spindle of CD's, burn about 5 different distro's, and try them out before deciding.

Now obviously, these are just my opinions, so take it for what it's worth.
Old 10-27-2003, 01:44 PM   #4
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I started on SUSE and I was not disappointed.

I also burned a bunch of different distros and tried them out.

Eventually as you learn you will most likely go into the slackware, gentoo, debian arena because you will begin to see and understand the increased control you have on your box.

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