Re: Second Best Linux?
From: General Schvantzkoph (schvantzkoph_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 12:46:36 -0500
On Wed, 19 Jan 2005 10:56:12 +0000, Another Internet Wise Guy - Macon,
Georgia USA wrote:
> I am fed up with windows - had another virus get me today. I don't know
> anything about Linux, but I am about to start reading the books I bought
> today starting with "Linux in a Nutshell."
> I realise that asking what the best version of Linux is here is like
> asking an insurance salesman whether I need insurance, so let me ask
> this: Other than Redhat, what's the second best Linux? I am looking for
> one that is really stable and has been around for a long time. Thanks!
Mandrake 10.1 is the easiest to use closely followed by Fedora Core 3.
Both have easy to use installers and both include just about everything
you could ever want. The control panels for Mandrake are a little better
than Fedora's but both are easy to use. Fedora is continually updated as
new versions of components and the kernel become available, Mandrake
updates components and the kernel with new releases only and just does bug
fixes in between releases. Both distributions are stable enough for
everyday users. Fedora Core is free. Mandrake comes in two flavors, a free
version and a paid for version called Mandrake Club. The difference is
that the club version integrates a small number of binary applications and
drivers. Club members also get earlier access to the new releases and they
also get access to the AMD64 version. I'd recommend that you download the
ISOs for both Fedora Core 3 and Mandrake 10.1 and try them out. As long as
you have the disk space you can have as many versions of Linux as you want
on your system, just create multiple partitions for different root
partitions when you do your first install so that you have places to put
the other distributions. Also on a multiboot system you want to put the
boot loader for all but one OS on the root partitions not the MBR. One OS
has to have a boot loader in the MBR which chains to the others. If you
have Windows on your system and you own BootMagic (it comes with
PartitionMagic) then use that as your primary boot loader. If you don't
own BootMagic then install Mandrake first. It will automatically configure
your system for dual booting between Windows and Mandrake. If you later
add a Fedora Core partition you can edit Mandrakes boot loader file to
give you a link to Fedora Core.