[NBLUG/talk] Re: Which distro is best for a newbie?
cbc at sonic.net
Thu Jun 23 11:38:49 PDT 2005
I don't think SUSE has a free distro anymore. Debian may be easy to work
with, as the apt-get package manager is pretty well set up in most cases. I
use Mandrake at work- it's very nice, although the urpmi package manager
needs to be tweaked for internet sources. There's also Fedora Core, which
stemming from Red Hat isn't a bad distro at all. I think (I'm not completely
sure at the moment) that you have the choice of yum or up2date for package
management- usually both work out of the box (or off the CD as it were).
Debian takes a long time for major O/S updates. I think it's been two years
between the "woody" version and the new "sarge" version. What is really nice
about Debian, though, is that you only need to download a small amount for
the install. You can do the rest of the install over the internet, which I
I hope this helps more than confuses you more...
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 09:03:51 -0700
From: Edward <roble at sonic.net>
Subject: [NBLUG/talk] Which distro is best for a newbie?
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About a month ago or so, I joined this list, fuming at the injustices of
Microbarf Corp. I asked everyone what distro they most recommended for a
newbie and here is a summary of your responses:
Which distro is best for a newbie? The tally is in! Of all of the distros
available, this group (NBLUG) recommended mostly just two:
1. Debian (7 votes)
2. SUSE (4 votes)
While Debian was recommended 7 times to SUSE's 4, SUSE also has the
reputation of being better for newbies like me. So I have to go with SUSE.
All the other distros got 3 recommendations or less.
Later I can switch. But do I have to erase an old distro from the harddrive
if I switch to Debian?
Where do I best go to get a version of SUSE?
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