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DukeOfURL: Linux Distribution Round-Up

May 25, 2001, 17:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Mullen)

Patrick Mullen of the DukeOfURL writes:

"If I had a nickel for every time I was asked "Which is the best Linux distribution?," I'm sure I'd be just as wealthy as our friend Bill Gates. It's not that I don't like helping a prospective Linux user, but there are difficulties to answering a question like that, which almost seems to be rhetoric these days. No single distribution is right for everyone, and that might just be one of the things that makes Linux so great.

Quite possibly, this is both good and bad for Linux users, depending which end of the spectrum you're on. Take a look around and you'll see Red Hat, SuSE, Slackware, Mandrake, Storm, IcePack, Dragon, Trustix, Gentus, Progeny, Debian, Kondara, Libranet, Conectiva, WinLinux, SOT (Best Linux), Caldera, and the list can go on and on and on.

I hope it's now clear that if you want to try Linux, odds are there is a distribution out there for you. Lucky for us, newbies have selections, intermediate users have them, and so do advanced users. What I'm going to attempt to do today isn't answer the eternal question of which distribution is the best, but give you the tools to make that decision for yourself.

Keep in mind my recommendations are not absolute. For example, you don't need to be a beginner to appreciate Mandrake, but many of its features are oriented toward the beginner. Also, in most cases, because this is Linux, if you dig deep enough, you'll find more than enough console-oriented hacking on your Linux box."

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