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Old 10-07-02, 08:20 AM   #1
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Question Mandrake 9.0 or RH 8.0 for a Linux Noob??

Hello all, I have a quick question, I know everyone has their favorite Distro and all but I'm wondering. For a new Linux user. Which Distro is best Mandrake 9.0 or RH 8.0? I have D/L and burned both of them I'm just wondering which one is best for me and my hardware?

I'd like to totally get away from Windows (Except in rare cases where I can't get a game to emulate with Wine) So I'd like your opinions please.

Hardware is...
PIII 933 (OC 1.015GHz)
512 Megs Ram
WD 30 gig ATA100 Harddrive (Windows XP drive)
Maxtor 40 gig ATA 133 Harddrive (Linux Drive)
10x12x24 CDR/RW Drive
Nvidia GeForce4 Ti4200
Creative Audigy Xgamer
Creative DxR3 DVD player with PCI decoder
3Com 3C90x NIC (Verizon DSL conection)

Thanks again for your opinions, I look forward to reading them.

P.S. I'm sorry if this is not the right topic for this message board, but I have read other forums and this one seem to be the most open to new Linux users.
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Old 10-07-02, 08:35 AM   #2
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Each obviously has its advantages. I'm using RH 8.0 myself. I was actually pretty impressed with Lycoris desktop/LX from an ease-of-use standpoint. The downside with Lycoris is that it doesn't come with many of the things commonly found in other distros (Apache, MySQL, PostgreSQL, for example), and tutorials and RPMs for Lycoris are much less common than for distros that have been around longer.

Mandrake, unlike RH, includes read-only support for NTFS, which is worth considering if you'll ever dual boot with Windows NT/2000/XP. As I said, though, I'm using Redhat 8.0; I recompiled the kernel with NTFS support with relatively little trouble. There are tutorials around for doing exactly that if you're interested.

Other little nuisances with RH include the lack of mp3 support, but that can be fixed in about ten seconds.

I find the organization of the Redhat whatever menu (the Start Menu/Apple Menu wannabe) downright bizarre, and I'm not entirely crazy about Nautilus as a file manager compared to Konqueror, but you can switch to KDE if you want to anyway.

That's my two cents worth for the moment.
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Old 10-07-02, 10:13 AM   #3
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I'm also a n00b to Linux, and decided to go with Redhat. I'm at school right now, so I have no clue as to how the download is going though. The one issue I have with Redhat is lack of NTFS support, as I don't really want to have to copy my MP3s again just to be able to play them in Linux.
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then recompile your kernel with ntfs support, can't be that hard, can it?


look there in the FAQ, the in-kernel version is a bit older and _more_, errm...unreliable

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Yeah, recompiling the kernel with NTFS support isn't nearly as scary as it sounds (though that linux-ntfs.sourceforge.net link might scare you away).

Try this: http://www.getlinuxonline.com/omp/di.../ompntfs2.html

The only thing that's different is the kernel version. (Wherever it says "2.4.18-5," you'll want 2.4.18-14, I think.)
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I run both but I would have to say that Mandrake is far better for those new to Linux.
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