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Duke of URL: BestLinux 2000 R2 Review

Nov 23, 2000, 12:04 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Rowe)

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"Perhaps the number one reason to choose BestLinux over any other distribution is it's extensive language support, particularly for European languages. If English isn't your first language or you don't even speak English, the list of distributions to choose from is a short one at best. While more and more people are either starting to add more language support to already existing distributions or are creating whole new distributions to help fill this need, full support for a language can still be sketchy at best. BestLinux currently fully supports eight languages which includes English, focusing mainly on European languages that other distributions so far have often overlooked like Russian, Estonian, Swedish, and Finnish along with the commonly thought of French, German, and Spanish, with many more currently being worked on for later releases."

"As Linux starts to come more and more into the spotlight, more users who are unfamiliar with any operating system other than Windows or MacOS are deciding to give Linux a try to see what all the talk is about. To help make the transition easier, BestLinux has put together one of the best looking and easiest to use installation programs that I have ever had the pleasure to see and use. From the opening screen where we're presented with the BestLinux logo and asked to select the language that we wish to use throughout, to the FAQ that we can read while waiting for the installation of the software to complete, the installation program keeps things easy enough for new users to get a handle on while at the same time leaving enough options open for the more experienced users to customize the installation to more suit their tastes, the best of both worlds. The installation also did a good job of auto detecting my hardware and even offered to try to use my Windows configuration to setup my monitor."

"Probably the biggest problem I had with the distribution is the fact that compared to other distributions, BestLinux is a release behind the pack in terms of the software versions it uses. Most other currently available distributions are already using at least the 2.2.16 release of the kernel along with newer releases of both Gnome and KDE and their associated libraries, and many distributions have already started the move to the new 4.0 release of XFree86. Not only do these newer versions of the software add new features and other improvements but they also remove bugs and security holes that have since been found and dealt with, an important factor to look at especially if your system is on a network full time."

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