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    Which Linux is better?

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    by jeremy mineweaser ii ·

    In your opinion, which Linux is the best one?

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    • #3901009

      Which Linux is better?

      by okchung ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      I’ve not much experience regarding Linux, but the REDHAT is much easier to install and supplied many application software at one package.

    • #3900999

      Which Linux is better?

      by foxr ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      It kind of depends on what your main usage of the machine comes down to. If you are new at linux and want to get some experience, then REDHAT version 6.0 (or 6.1) is a good bet because of the relativly easy install.
      Others such as slackware (in myopinion) offer better support for networking applications due to the way they execute their run levels.
      I’m not a fan of caldera open linux lite, I’ve tried to use it a couple of times only to find that some commonly used tools were not released with the distribution.
      I’ve heard that debian is supposed to be the “caddilac” version of linux, but I’ve never used it so I couldn’t comment on it.

      Of course there is 1 last thing to consider, and that is hardware support. Linux lacks support forsome hardware,but with each new release they are getting better. This is something you should consider. Redhat 6.0 is good in that respect, as I keep seeing drivers posted for new hardware support under redhat 6.0. Like I said if you’re new to linux redhat is probab

    • #3900997

      Which Linux is better?

      by hallkr ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      Linux Mandrake is the most user friendly and best Graphical User Interface (GUI) version out. And it is compatable with Red Hat so you can use software written on the Red Hat kernal. It’s LinuxWorld Editors’ Choice Awards Mandrake 6.0: Product of the Year’99
      Check it out for yourself!
      http://www.linux-mandrake.com/

    • #3900979

      Which Linux is better?

      by ed krayer ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      I am not a Linux guru, but I have found that Caldera OpenLinux is a great package distributed by a professional company (Caldera). I started with 1.3 and they were a little behind the times in that they used older versions of libraries that were notcompatible with newer applications. I now run OpenLinux 2.3. It has an extremely easy install, supported my laptop hardware without problem, and comes with commercial apps. Plus, it has Netware client support.

    • #3900921

      Which Linux is better?

      by mkmcconn ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      Right now, RedHat might be the best choice. Most, recent, general Linux books are written with RedHat assumptions. It has excellent administrative and configuration tools, and quickly incorporates new tools when they come out.

      With experience, all that really matters is the kernel, I suppose – so, choosing the “best distribution” is not a final decision. You won’t be “stuck”.

      I chose Slackware because I wanted to see every change I made without automated processes in the way – it was alearning-path decision. But, (religion aside) Slackware does not presently have professional support comparable to RedHat and Caldera, which you will need for use in a business.

    • #3900898

      Which Linux is better?

      by rearviewmirror ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      Depending on what you want to do with the Linux system will best answer the question. RedHat is powerful in regards to availibility of software and Support. The new Caldera OpenLinux 2.3 is amazing if you can get the Lizard to run at initial boot. (depends on whether you have an AGP card or not), Caldera has many different install options which will make it a contender with people who want Linux to look and feel just like Windows.

    • #3900872

      Which Linux is better?

      by max2 ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      It all depends on what you are after. I have found that Red Hat 6.0, SUSE 6.1, and Caldera all really install fairly easily.
      What I have found is that Red Hat has seemed to go more after the business market (It does play games nicely too!!) Caldera, and SUSE seem more aimed towards the consumer market. Easy to install, but not as easy to tweek for the best performance, fail over support, etc.
      I have not seen it yet, ordered it yesterday, but Red Hat 6.1 looks very good. If you order there deluxe version, 79.95, it comes with just about everything you could want or need. IE Star Office 5.1a, fail over support, KDE, GNOME, and quit a lot of other things. Enough to fill 5 CD-ROM’s. I have also noticed that Red Hat seems very similiar to Sun’s Solaris in setup.

    • #3900852

      Which Linux is better?

      by rogerg ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      REDHAT, it’s that simple.

    • #3900808

      Which Linux is better?

      by benedict h ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      Every distribution of Linux has its own characteristic and features. So, if you ask “which Linux is the best one?”, I can’t answer it because it’s depending to what you need. Currently, I’m using RedHat distribution of Linux.

      If you’re new to Linux, Ithink you should try RedHat or SuSe.

    • #3902469

      Which Linux is better?

      by mattgch ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      For hame or workstation use, try Caldera OpenLinux 2.3. The install is as easy as it gets, and the Kde graphical interface is very easy to use.
      For server use, Red Hat is probably the better choice. They have more tools for configuring and analyzing aserver setup.

    • #3902379

      Which Linux is better?

      by rond ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      The main thing to consider when installing LinuxOS is the price of the shrink-wrapped distro. Get the cheapest one!

      Linux is free, y’all! One can freely download executables and source code from http://www.linux.org and myriad mirror sites. The only advantage to a Redhat distro is its inclusive nature…

      But don’t be fooled. Redhat doesn’t own the code, and can’t charge a copyright fee for it. The code belongs to Linus Torvalds and he gave it to the world for free.

      One can easily download the OS, and then subsequently download XServers, Xwindow managers and applications — also free — from a number of Open Source providers without fee. Anyone charging a monetary fee can only do so to cover the cost of the distribution. That’s whyLinux is so cheap! (All hail the Penguin)

      ‘zoid

    • #3902330

      Which Linux is better?

      by rcarlino ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      The easiest and fastest thing to do is download version 4.7 fro Netscape. You can use ftp or midnight commander to connect and download the files and install manually.

    • #3902328

      Which Linux is better?

      by rcarlino ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      I don’t know if you have your answer yet but from the Linux docs samba and ip masquarading will not work together because of the Microsoft samba built into tcp/ip.

    • #3902327

      Which Linux is better?

      by rcarlino ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      Mandrake seems to be working the best for me both at home and the office. Real nice install and the extra options that Mandrake puts on top of Red Hat are real nice. The automatic updates works great also in Mandrake and they are pretty good at getting fixed programs out fast.

    • #3902326

      Which Linux is better?

      by rcarlino ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

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    • #3902325

      Which Linux is better?

      by rcarlino ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      You need to give a little more information like what protocols are you using? If your are using tcp/ip and there is a duplicate address on the network the card will be disabled and you wont even know. Also in the device manager does the card have a red x over it?

    • #3902317

      Which Linux is better?

      by mtroy ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      I’ve used Caldera Open, Slackware, Redhat, and Mandrake. I’ve found:
      1) If you use an AGP video card with any of these you will have video issues.
      2)Caldera and SUSE are good for Novell connections.
      3)Mandrake is an improved version of Redhat. But don’t be afraid to install the Redhat RPMs.
      Mandrake is slightly easier than Caldera.
      4)Slackware is harder than Mandrake, Redhat or Caldera to install.
      I use Mandrake 6.5 with MANY Redhat 6.1 RPMs.

    • #3902239

      Which Linux is better?

      by markus.falkner ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      The one that you or some one else is using. Linux isn’t about Monopoly, every Distro has it’S right to be.

    • #3902185

      Which Linux is better?

      by bleechack ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      I guess it depends on how you define best. My new favorite is RedHat. It seems like a lot of sites use it, so it is easy to get help with. From a performance aspect, I haven’t seen much difference between the different flavors. I use slackware on my PC and RedHat on just about everything else. I had trouble getting some of the stuff on Caldera to install properly, but it has been quite some time and it has probably changed. I would think for best compatibility, good performance and a pretty easy install, RedHat would be the way to go.

      -jp

    • #3902170

      Which Linux is better?

      by zbrain75 ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      I have use Caldera and Redhat 6.0. I am an engineer and like to see how a system works. For this reason, I did not like Caldera since it is set up to use the KDE X windows manager. If you have a slow system, 200Mhz or slower, I would not use Caldera since a system without a lot of resources will run Caldera very slow and become frustrating.

      Redhat works fairly well for invoking services and general configuration and I am most familiar with it. However I have several problems with it. Ifyou are writing programs that use threads in C, you will need to update the GLIBC library that contains threads. Also I have found that the source for many packages does not come with the Redhat distribution. I don’t know if this is because there is not enough room on two CD’s or not. I have not been thrilled with Redhats RPM. I have had some trouble getting it to find packages as easily as advertised.

      I am interested in using Debian because a co-worker of mine has used it and learned Linux quickly. It seem

    • #3902169

      Which Linux is better?

      by miked ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      I have the Caldera CD, but … looking at the other answers here … I am wondering of one of the others migh be a better fit since I am looking at using it for a server.

    • #3902128

      Which Linux is better?

      by lnxguy ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      Simple answer? The BEST distro is the one YOU decide on after checking out some of the lead players, i.e. RedHat, Mandrake, S.U.s.E, Caldera or Debian. You can buy a six-pack CD set from LinuxMall.com for $11.00 or so and try them all!

      My recommendation is to start with Mandrake and work from there.

      You can also download Tom’s RootBoot, which is a version of Linux which fits on one 3.5 in. floppy! That is a really quick way to ” get the fever”

      Good luck!

    • #3902112

      Which Linux is better?

      by ozinok ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      My “opinion” – RedHat, for it’s ease of installation, included utilities, and the package manager. I have just bought Mandrake 6.1, but not installed it yet. From what I’ve heard about it, I may change my opinion after installation.

      To determine which one is best for you, you’d have to answer a few questions:
      1) What do you WANT it to do for you?
      2) What do you NEED it to do for you?
      3) How well do you know your hardware?
      4) What is your experience level? … with Unix/Linux?

      If I were to rank them today for somebody that had no Unix experience and was only moderately familiar with their hardware:
      1) RedHat — Mandrake
      2) Caldera
      3) Debian — SuSe
      4) Turbo Linux
      5) Slackware

      That’s not to say Slackware is bad, just that it requires a greater technical prowess. If it wasn’t for Slackware I may have never caught “Linux fever”.

      A lot of people today make their choice based on any commercial apps that may be included with a particular distribution.

      Happy Computing!

    • #3902062

      Which Linux is better?

      by coolkid1111 ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      Well, RedHat is great for ease of use. If you’re a beginner, it is definately for you. Caldera is pretty good, and it has some cool features. The only problem I had with it was when I tried to download it…almost a week of downloading, and it didn’t know how to write to the hard drive! It completely messed up everything. I’m pretty sure that has been fixed by now, though. The lesson is this: If you can’t hold it in your hands, don’t trust it.

      Hope this helps!
      Eric Frazer
      coolkid1111@yahoo.com

    • #3902052

      Which Linux is better?

      by jlwallen ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      A great many people pigeon-hole Linux distributions into ‘this one is good for that and this one is not’. It is best to say that for a beginner there are certain distros to concider and certain distros to not concider.

      For a beginner your best best is to stick with the .rpm based distributions: Red Hat, Mandrake, Caldera, SuSE. These distributions all work well with the very simple .rpm package management system and allow for simple upgrading and installation. The second critera is desktop environment. All of the above distros come with the KDE interface which is more alike to the Windows environment than anything else. Red Hat comes default with the Gnome interface which, in my opionion, is the better interface for user configuration and is more in tune with the various Window Managers (a point that beginners will not want to deal with).

      All the Linux distros can perform in the same functions with the same stability and reliability. The biggest difference – and the difference that will

    • #3902045

      Which Linux is better?

      by blafle ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      I have used Slackware and Redhat, both are good, but I like Redhat better because they come out with drivers for new hardware faster.

    • #3901924

      Which Linux is better?

      by nex6 ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      REDHAT for installing ,,….
      and many books are writing frm a redhat stand point

    • #3901923

      Which Linux is better?

      by jonesjerry ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      Linux-Mandrake 6.0 (Red Hat )
      Linux 6.0 with enhancements

    • #3901898

      Which Linux is better?

      by jeremy ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      I would recommend that you get Red Hat version six. The retail version is easy to install and you get the GNOME interface which I prefere to KDE. You also get shed loads of software including star office for personal use, and just about enough packages to keep most people happy for a life time.
      Best of luck Jeremy

    • #3903372

      Which Linux is better?

      by mhomer4 ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      I’d have to go with Red Hat. It was easier to install and configure, and harder for users to stuff up, and if they did installation was a breeze.

    • #3903281

      Which Linux is better?

      by davemc ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      Tough question:

      Are you looking for “popular”? Try RedHat or Mandrake

      Are you looking for “well crafted, easy to install”? Try SuSE or Caldera (or almost any these days, these two give me the least qualms).

      Are you looking for I18N, L10N?Try SuSE or Turbolinux

      Are you looking for “truely open”? Try Debian.

      Are you looking for “cool”? Try Debian, Mandrake, SuSE

      Are you looking for support? Try RedHat, Caldera, SuSE

    • #3903279

      Which Linux is better?

      by chipw ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      Of course it depends on your intended use, but for general desktop use I go with Mandrake. It is RedHat with a few tweaks that make it even more user friendly, which for the new user is especially important. The KDE desktop is the first choice also for the uninitiated. Then with some experiance under your belt, look at other window managers, because KDE and GNOME are the slowest, but also the easiest to learn.

    • #3903235

      Which Linux is better?

      by dennis3 ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      It all depends on how expierienced you are with running linux. If your a newbie or just starting to learn linux you should go with SuSe because the GUI makes it very easy and the rest of the configuring is also. But, if you are expierienced your better of going with Caldera.

    • #3902944

      Which Linux is better?

      by fdorn ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      I have used Slackware and Red Hat in the past but have switched to SuSE. For the cost of around $30 US it is a bargain considering it comes with six cd’s.

    • #3902938

      Which Linux is better?

      by archer ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      First off I would like to let you know that choosing a linux distrobution might seem like a rather tricky choice. My first distrobution was RedHat 5.2. Since then I have installed more than 13 diffrent systems with diffrent Linux releases. The Releases Range from Arm Linux to SuSE 6.2 … Personally I would recommend an installation of SuSE 6.2 or 6.3 (for Intel integrated Video Chips). I recently purchased a new computer with the Intel 810 grpahics chipset which was not supported in many of mydistros .. but was in 6.3 of SuSE …

      If you are looking for a simple introduction to Linux don’t be insulted but I would suggest Linux for Dummies or The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Linux…. they both come with fairly simple to understand instructions for RedHat and Slackware (respectively). If you are looking for one of the most package inclusive distros I would definiteleys Suggest SuSE 6.2 or 6.3 .. they contain most of the latest modules and over 1300 applications for console and X11R6/Xfree86. Including My

    • #3897599

      Which Linux is better?

      by muerlings ·

      In reply to Which Linux is better?

      I?ve started with RedHat Easy to configure, install and use.
      As a SUN Solaris user, I was a little unconfortable with RedHat, and then
      move to SuSE 6.1.
      At least for me, it was a great move! I feel at home with SuSE.
      And it is easy to configure and install too.
      I?ve found that SuSE installer (Yast) is more consistent than RedHat version
      I tried.

      Recently, I?ve installed Openlinux, but no “hands on” yet.
      Seems good, consistent…
      Only one thing (maybe I did something wrong):
      When you install a package that didn?t came with the OL distribution, there is
      some after instalation corrections to do. (again… It could be my mistake)

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      Which Linux is better?

      by jeremy mineweaser ii ·

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