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LinuxISO.org: A Comparative Review of 5 Linux Distributions

Oct 07, 2000, 15:00 (9 Talkback[s])
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"Here are the contestants; Caldera OpenLinux eDesktop version 2.4; Corel Linux OS Second Edition; Linux Mandrake 7.1; Redhat Linux 6.2; and Storm Linux 2000. Each one can be considered the Deluxe version of the distribution, boxed with manuals, and email and/or telephone support. Caldera OpenLinux, Corel Linux, and Storm Linux 2000 are based on the Debian distribution. A total of eight Linux distribution companies were contacted for review copies, using links on their home pages.These are the ones that responded."

"...I discovered that these distributions have almost as much in common as they have in contrast. GUI-based Installation programs, well-written manuals that go beyond the specific OS, online documentation in HTML format, and GUI and menu-based system administration programs are now commonplace. There are differences in supported hardware, so check a potential distribution's support for your system configuration before any install or purchase. There are also differences in the quality of included Help information, overall ease of use, included software, and what programs are provided for system administration. This article has attempted to point out some of these differences. More information can be found at each distribution's home page. The URL's are listed below. If anyone from GNU/Debian, SuSE, Turbolinux, or any other Intel-based distribution would like their software added to this review, please contact me."

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