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CNET.com: The Linux Lineup: CNET Reviews 7 Major Linux Distributions

Dec 08, 1999, 18:59 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Lindquist)

"It's time to make the leap to Linux. Everyone else is. In fact, in the past month alone, mainstream tech companies Intel and IBM have invested in the open source operating system. And Corel has even issued a version of Linux, one aimed at home users."

"But once you decide to take the plunge, you've got a tough decision ahead: you must choose one of the dozens of available distributions, or packaged versions, of the OS. And since Linux is traditionally a server platform that competes against the likes of Windows NT, many distributions cater exclusively to a tech-savvy crowd. But as Linux gains popularity, workstation versions--such as Corel Linux--have begun to crop up, too, groping for a place on your desktop."

"To help you choose the best Linux version for you, CNET examined the seven most popular distributions available. We installed them, picked through their documentation, and evaluated their strengths as desktop OSs and as enterprise-level servers. Many Linux newbies now want to use Linux at home and at work, so we kept a special eye out for distributions that are easy to install and use. Read on to find your Linux soul mate."

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