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Old 01-16-2009, 01:09 PM   #1
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Which linux version to use next

Hello all.

I have been using Red hat linux 9 for a month now. I have almost completed a project on it which uses QT3, RTLinux, C and C++.

I wish to delve deeper into linux and still be able to use these applications like QT4, RTLinux and stuff.

Also i got advices to switch to a newer version of linux.

Which Linux should i start next??
I like working more with the terminal...
one of the reason being ... the GUI (window i.e.) of linux does not feel that comfortable ..if newer versions not aware..

and i have always loved using keyboard to mouse...
though i do like cool animations on desktop as well

Please suggest which linux should I get..
Old 01-16-2009, 01:18 PM   #2
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Not sure about the RTLinux stuff, but if you're now comfortable with Red Hat, I would recommend the latest Fedora (the cutting edge Red Hat stuff) or CentOS (which is a clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux).
Old 01-16-2009, 02:00 PM   #3
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i just upgraded my laptop to opensuse 11.1 ... sweet stuff, very stable distro so far (i am with opensuse since version 9.0, and so far, 11.1 is the best in regard to install) ... and close to redhat, since it too uses rpms ... good luck with your research ... theo
Old 01-17-2009, 04:45 AM   #4
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I would recommned using the bleeding-edge Fedora 10 that was released a couple of months ago, maintained by RH guyz and you'll find yourself quite at home using this 'coz u're accustomed to RH9. Try it out!!!
If you want to keep too close[closer than Fedora]to your RH9, then try the latest CentOS as CentOS is nothing but the test/pre-release version of RHEL. But you have to live with some bugs here and there for the sake of getting the latest clone of RHEL without paying a penny!

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Old 01-17-2009, 05:20 AM   #5
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This is why you shouldn't ask these kinds of questions, because everyone will recommend the distro that they are currently using.

If you like working on the CLI, then try Slackware, Debian, Gentoo, these are all good for learning new things on the command line and how to configure your system. I would stay away from Ubuntu, Suse, Fedora, if you want to learn and do things yourself.
Old 01-17-2009, 11:48 PM   #6
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Actually, Fedora is the leading/bleeding edge of SW that (may) eventually appear in RHEL.
Centos is just a free version of RHEL, same version nums etc.
Old 01-18-2009, 12:48 AM   #7
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Hi navderm,

I have been distro hopping for the past one year. I have a box full of distros. I installed all the possible distros I could lay my hands on. But I have not really learnt anything. And that was what I wanted to do. So my advise would be rather than changing the you are already comfortable with would be a bad idea - unless you absolutely 'need' to. Anyway like already mentioned Fedora would be the distro to look at.
Old 04-29-2009, 02:29 AM   #8
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Hi Navderm,
I suggested you to switch over from RTLinux/GPL into RTAI. RTLinux/GPL is totally inactive project now. RTAI is almost similar and easy to migrate from RTLinux/GPL. There are lots of components are avilable in RTAI includes Qt, Matlab/Scilab, Comedi [for ADC/DAC],Python support, Real time network,.etc.
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