One can (if he is a newbie) _start_ with distros like
RedHat or Mandrake. But he/she should not be sticking
with it for a long time. Later he has to be
comfortable finding a more powerful distro like
'slackware', 'debian' which doesn't give any gui conf
tools or such bloated stuffs.
One way of making this happen (for newbies) is to use
your user-friendly (novice-friendly?) as your primary
OS and fiddle with those powerful distros by
installing them in another partition. If anything
havoc happens one need not worry since it has less
chance of affecting your existing active setup.
I myself followed these ideas. Now I am (partially)
comfortable with slackware (moved from RH, MDK).
Just my thoughts.
--- Karthik <karthik@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Monday 12 January 2004 15:48, Suresh
Sridhar R [1/12/2004 1:22 PM] :you
On Sun 11, karthik wrote:
I need robust like redhat.
If you say redhat is robust, then I recommend
ok. I've heard this often enough.
what is _not_ robust in redhat?
I have a couple of reasons against redhat. I have
an old Asus p5a-b
motherboard and a latest 40G seagate drive. Any
redhat or redhat based
distribution just hangs on booting the installation
cd after printing the
line "Partition check:".
I have tried RH7.3 to 9, Fedora core 1, Mandrake 8,
9.1, 9.2 and winXP. All
have the same problem. If I disable DMA in bios
then they function normally.
Even if I managed to install those distros, I cant
play fullscreen mpg or
I now have debian sarge installed on the same
machine with DMA support on. I
have 2.6 kernel configured. It's *terribly* fast.
Now I can run fullscreen
mpg, 7xx resolution xvid/divx avis in my k6-2 450 /
Now if you try google on finding whether a k6-2 450
processor can run
xvid/divx avis in high resolutions (7xx), you will
know that a k6-2 450
processor having a weak FPU, cant play such things
smoothly. I am the only
one known to me who can play a high res compressed
avi fullscreen on an k6-2
And it was made possible by Sarge where all other
My other reason is I HATE to type redhat-config-*
for all configurations. I
have some linux admin friends who have done rhce
courses. And without the
redhat-config- commands, they are nothing. I dont
think redhat is trying to
make things simpler, it is rather monopolizing - by
making interacting and
configuring the OS simpler, it is moving towards a
more windows like
distribution. Users, who are used to the simple
commands may be lost with
other linux distros. And since those commands are
not industry standard like
linuxconf or Xconfigurator, redhat is on its own to
change those commands as
RedHat is PERFECT for linux newbies, but not for
Debian is FAST. Red hat is too slow. RPM and
up2date sucks. It you are a
home user/newbie then it is ok with redhat. But I
strongly suggest against
redhat on corporate servers.
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