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PC Magazine: "Choosing Linux"

Oct 28, 2001, 06:03 (47 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Ulrich)

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PC Magazine offers a six-way shootout between Red Hat, SuSE, Debian (Potato), Caldera, Mandrake, and Turbo Linux. Red Hat takes top honors in the final reckoning (which can be viewed by downloading a PDF on the last page of the report.)

"Widespread industry acceptance and ease of use make Red Hat's distro a solid choice for general use, but don't rule out other distributions until you've studied them and know which excel at specific tasks.

Trying to choose the best Linux made us hearken back to our notebook PC roundups of the early nineties. We frequently tested computers sold by different companies that were manufactured by a single OEM and differed only in packaging and support. That's pretty much how it is with Linux. The companies and organizations producing Linux distributions have access to the same tools. So it generally comes down to who puts together the right bundle with the best support.

We debated for hours to reach the ratings and conclusions for this story. In the end we all agreed that Red Hat deserved the Editors' Choice. Many factors tipped the scales in its favor, but the most important were its quality, ease of use, and widespread industry acceptance. Though other distributions surpass Red Hat in specific tasks, none are as well rounded. Red Hat's general longevity in the Linux arena also means that hardware and software systems throughout the industry have been optimized for its use.

Close behind is SuSE, the European Linux favorite. It offers many of the same advantages as Red Hat, and we loved its one DVD installation option. Caldera is making strides to become the Linux of the enterprise; its OpenLinux Server 3.1 is especially suited to e-commerce applications."

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