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Re: [OFF TOPIC] Re: Question on Linux Distros

You didn't see my problem.  It is not the way the OS runs once installed
coorrectly.  It is the fact that 7.0 as far as I can see has no way of
text installing.

If you can fix that problem fine other wise I will go back to redhat which
you can still do the text option before the graphics stuff comes flying up
on your screen.  I also have noticed that Mandrake sticks stuff in some
wierd places and since my company has been supporting redhat I need to go
back to redhat because it is more standard than Mandrake.  

I will of corse keep mandrake on my laptp because I got it up and running
so if I can get speakup on to the laptop  then Mandrake stays if not then
Mandrake goes.


On Mon, 3 Apr 2000, Gary Lawrence Murphy wrote:

> Just to balance the picture, I have been using Mandrake since version
> 6.0 and found just the opposite: The performance was several times
> faster than RedHat, and many of my RedHat 6.0 bugs vanished.  I had
> some problems with Mdk 7.0 because I was using the very first beta of
> that release.  RedHat also upped their prices to 3x the price of
> Mandrake.
> Disagreeing on the stability of linux distros is a popular sport:
> Stability of one distro over another largely depends on how you use it
> and the hardware you run.  If you have the very latest SCSI drives and
> other hardware, Caldera or TurboLinux are good choices. If you have
> the very latest graphics and sound cards or want the very latest GUI
> (not an issue in this group), Corel has the most coverage; if you need
> speed, SPIRO and Mandrake are compiled for Pentium (I believe
> Slackware is also, and there are probably others).
> Anything based on RedHat, such as Mandrake, will use the RPM package
> managers (to simplify the install and uninstall new software).  Those
> based on Debian (like Corel) use the dpkg which does the same job
> (some say better) but does not have the huge catalog you find with
> RPM).  Slackware uses no package manager at all (if you want to remove
> a package, you had better keep really good notes)
> All indications are that RPM-based systems dominate the Linux world,
> and it is fuzzy whether Corel or Mandrake/MCP are the top _selling_
> desktop distros (most Linux installations did not buy Linux in a
> store), and RedHat and TurboLinux seem to dominate in the server
> sector.
> There are over 100 different flavours of Linux distributions. Always
> remember that _somebody_ likes each and every one of them otherwise
> they would not invest so much time, effort and expense to maintain and
> distribute it.
> Never let _anyone_ tell you there is a 'best' or a 'worst' Linux:
> Those people are working for Microsoft (whether or not they realize
> it).  Instead, ask them what they like about their own distro, and
> draw your own conclusions.
> In that vein, I like Mandrake _because_
> 1) I run on Pentium hardware and appreciate the speed, but I have no
>    great need for the latest 3D graphics or state-of-the-art soundcards.
> 2) The 'cooker', where they decide what goes into Mandrake, is an open
>    community process; anyone can contribute to Mandrake
> 3) RPMs are not perfect, but do a decent job of managing installed
>    packages while also being widely supported.
> 4) Has an auto-update feature to find and install distro updates
> 5) It's KDE based and I find GNOME wastes too much screen space (not
>    an issue for a BLinux machine).  My experience, however, suggests
>    GNOME may be a better core design and many (most) KDE apps are not
>    really ready for prime time.
> 6) Mandrake runs on a 2.2.14 kernel patched to give supermount support
>    which means CDs and floppies are magically mounted and unmounted.
> 7) Mandrake is otherwise very RedHat compatible so any packages made
>    for RedHat will install without problems.  Since I use a lot of
>    software which is not part of the distribution, this is very
>    important
> -- 
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