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Linux Magazine: Distribution Roundup

Apr 20, 2000, 20:52 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by William Wong)

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"You've decided it's time to get a new Linux distribution. Maybe it's your first shot at Linux, maybe it's time to upgrade, or maybe you're just a little bored. As soon as you look into the very crowded Linux distribution space you are immediately besieged with questions; Do you download or buy a CD-ROM? Do you buy the CD-ROM in a book or a shrink wrapped package? Do you buy the original distribution or one of those distributions that is "based" on another?"

"Linux Magazine labs has looked at eight of the most popular Linux distributions, all of which are available in either a free download version or in a shrink-wrapped box. We've poked and prodded at the shrink-wrapped versions of Caldera OpenLinux 2.3, Corel Linux, Debian GNU/Linux 2.1, Linux-Mandrake 6.1, Red Hat Linux 6.1, Slackware 7.0, SuSE Linux 6.3, and TurboLinux 4.0. -- all with the aim of giving you some sense of what might be the distribution for you."

"Rating each of the different distributions proved to be a thorny task. Different people use Linux for different reasons. Some people don't care for a GUI-based installation. Others demand it. We addressed this discrepancy by dividing our findings into three categories: Novice, Desktop, and Server. The ratings are restricted to the standard distributions we evaluated and do not take into account other specialized variations of the products."

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