"Here is a kinda basic, not too biased view on a few different
distros. Maybe others can add to this and we can finally end the
"what distro" questions. For the record, I made several false
starts with Redhat that were quickly stopped for hardware reasons,
finally getting RH 6.0 installed and working nicely. I then used a
from-scratch system, and that caused me to go to Peanut, which
caused me to go to Slack 7.0. I have done two half-hearted installs
of Debian, several of different versions of Mandrake, and one of
Slack 7.1. I am currently using Slack 7.0, and considering either a
new LFS system, Slack 7.1, or just stickin with my current install
until the 2.4 kernel becomes "real"."
"Just for the record, the distro you should buy is the one that
comes with the big fat book you are gonna go out and buy. As far as
book recommendations, I recommend Slackware Linux Unleashed (isbn#
0672317680) or Redhat Linux Unleashed (isbn# 0672319853), both from
Sams. Basically, they are the same book, each with a slight focus
on the title distro and a copy of the distro with it. Of the two, I
just cannot make a fair choice - both are excellent distro's, and I
actually own both books as well."
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