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Mandrake or Fedora or Red hat

 
Jesse Torres
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I'm new to Linux so I need help in deciding which Linux version to install? Some have said that Red Hat is the best while others have said that Mandrake is easier. I'm not necessarily looking for something that is easier. Instead, I'm looking for something that will help my resume.

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Arjun Shastry
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I don't think employer will see whether you are using Mandrake or Redhat.Currently there is RHCE course by Red Hat which seems to have good value in upcoming linux market.I think what will matter is "what we will do ON Linux" rather than which Linux distro we are using.
 
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One word: SuSE
 
Jesse Torres
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How about Knoppix? Is it just as good as Mandrake? I have a copy of Knoppix 3.3 and instructions on how to install permanently on HD. However, before doing so, I want to install the best possible version.
 
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Depends on your needs... how to choose (let's make it short and objective):

Knoppix is easy and ready to go, but I doubt it can be maintained up to date easily, It's not meant for that. Things may have changed, but 1 year ago, maintaining a knoppix up to date was not that easy.

SuSE and Mandrake are commercial distributions... you have 2 choices : to pay or not to pay.
- if you pay, that's great you'll have security updates all the time, you'll have a new version every 6 months approximately and you'll get it as soon as it's released.
- if you don't pay, you'll also have security updates, but you'll get newer version 1 month (Mandrake) or 2 months (SuSE) after they are released.

about Mandrake : if you choose the free version, you won't have any commercial app, only pure open source. That means for example : no adobe acrobat reader, no official nvidia/ati 3d drivers, no centrino drivers, !! no sun java jdk/sdk !! all these have to be installed by hand on mandrake... You won't have that problem with free SuSE.

about paying, Mandrake may be cheaper than SuSE. You have to become a mandrake club member (4-5 different levels(read prices) which allow different privileges)

I don't know about fedora !

but these 3 are all (too) easy linux flavors... If you only want to learn, choose gentoo (or enven lfs). These are DIY distributions, both have a very good documentation, gentoo has a fantastic use community (forums + irc). Using one of the 2 means learning a lot of things.

Hope this helps, have a good week !

Arnaud
[ October 11, 2004: Message edited by: Arnaud Burlet ]
 
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Originally posted by Arnaud Burlet:
Depends on your needs... how to choose (let's make it short and objective):

Knoppix is easy and ready to go, but I doubt it can be maintained up to date easily, It's not meant for that. Things may have changed, but 1 year ago, maintaining a knoppix up to date was not that easy.



Knoppix is a Debian dialect. Debian is considered by many to be the easiest to get up and keep up to date, thanks to the apt-get system and it doesn't require compiling everything first (unlike gentoo).

It's common to play with Linux off Knoppix, since you can boot and run it straight from CD without zapping what's on your hard drive (Windows), then decide to make the jump and install it to hard disk, at which point you can apt-get updates to it. I have a laptop system that someone set up this way for me (my specialty is RedHat/Fedora).
 
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I decided to purchase the CDs for Mandrake 10.1 Community. I attempted over 35 downloads of the .iso files for Mandrake 10.0 Official. Unfortunately, every single .iso file was corrupt. The md5sum and listed md5sum did not match.

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Jesse Torres
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Hello,

Should I focus on Mandrake 10.1 or Suse, or Fedora? I was told by a friend to focus on a Red Hat version of Linux since it is the mostly widely used. Is this true? How about Suse, is it also Red Hat based?

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Stefan Wagner
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Suse isn't RedHat based.

If your friend uses RedHat, use it too, so it will be more easy to get help in the beginning.
 
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