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TheLinuxGurus.org: Red Hat 6.2 [Standard Edition, Review, vs. SuSE & Mandrake]

Apr 09, 2000, 03:11 (19 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to David Culp for this link. ]

"At least here in the United States Red Hat is the king of the distributions. Red Hat has done much to bring Linux to the masses and bring easy to use configuration utilities to the desktop. They are also huge supporters of open source software, employing many of the main people responsible for making Linux what it is today. All other distributions are judged by how well they stack up against Red Hat. I will take a look at Red Hat 6.2 Standard Edition and see how well it holds up to some of the latest offerings from Suse and Mandrake."

"This review will concentrate on the ease of use, installation and all around usefulness of using Red Hat Linux 6.2 in a desktop configuration. Red Hat generally targets the server market much more than the desktop market. This really shows in their distributions as they are not nearly as desktop friendly as many other distributions (Corel, Mandrake and SuSE being the top three). Red Hat really shines as a server OS and caters to the server market far more than most of the other distributions. This review concentrates on the desktop usefulness of Red Hat 6.2 because the vast numbers of people who go into a store and walk out with a Linux distribution in hand will be doing so to install as a desktop for home use and light home/small office networking."

"If you are a Red Hat fan then go ahead and pick it up. However, I personally cannot recommend it to anyone else. If you are looking for an excellent price to what you get ratio then Suse is an excellent choice. With Suse you get 6 CDs packed full of applications, it is easy to install, comes with a think printed manual (though a bit hard to read at times) and has one of the best administration tools included with any distribution and its only a few dollars more than Red Hat 6.2 Standard Edition. Mandrake 7.0 Complete is another distribution I can highly recommend. It has (in my opinion) the best graphical installer available, is easy to set up and maintain, is about the same price as Red Hat 6.2 and includes more applications along with an excellent printed manual."

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