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    Question Linux

    My information about Linux is so limited. Can somebody lead me to a site about Linux versions, coparison, documentation, etc about it, please?
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    They have like a huge list...
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    Thanks for the link.
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    SUSE linux 10.1 works fine for me, and you can keep windows and linux at the same time, with a boot loader.
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    What is the difference between Redhat and SuSE?
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    Or you could take your own advice ( from here) and ... vola. Or sometimes google has good things. Wow, first hit!!

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    Does SuSE offer widescreen support for laptops? I've been considering dual-booting winxp and some distro on this laptop. It's got a 17" widescreen monitor that's very nice, and I don't want to use linux if it doesn't support 1440x900 and other like resolutions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by siavoshkc
    What is the difference between Redhat and SuSE?

    Far too general a question to answer. The "free" redhat distro is Fedora Core. Its a nice easy distro to use.


    And, yes.. you can use linux in a widescreen resolution.

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    driver support (for laptops especially) is hit and miss sometimes. Fedora / Mandake / SuSE are pretty good best bets though.
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    In my experience, the "big" distros, (Fedora, Mandrake, SuSE, Ubuntu), all run to slow on my machines. Not all that bad on a fast computer, but I like all the performance I can get. Here are the distros I would recommend for speed:
    - Debian
    - Slackware
    - Gentoo

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    you just have to choose less of the fluff to get it to run better with the big distros. The big distos have the advantage of better hardware support though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FillYourBrain
    you just have to choose less of the fluff to get it to run better with the big distros. The big distos have the advantage of better hardware support though.
    Not always. One of the biggest factors in speed is that the big distros bloat their kernels to support all that hardware, when maybe you only need a fraction of it. The best thing to do on a huge kernel is to build your own. You'll notice performance gains imediately.

    As for "better hardware support"? Very likely, but not always. For example, Red Hat has yet to add SATA support to their kernels. That renders Red Hat useless on the newer computers where SATA is becoming more popular. Or, you have to grab a precompiled kernel (with SATA support) before you burn the disc, and add it to the disk image.

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    yeah, I am mostly shooting for the safest option since Aran was looking to put it on a laptop
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    If you search google for "linux", debian is the first free distro in the list.
    I would recommend staying as far away from fedora as you can, I used it a number of months ago and was thoroughly dissatisfied. The nvidia driver wouldn't load so I went to recompile my kernel (which is unnecessarily complex compared to just untarring the thing) and found I needed a development version because the current one broke proprietary drivers (at least the development one worked). I also had trouble mixing apps I built from source with those installed by yum. My last frustration was the lack of some packages available via yum (although I installed it near it's release).

    I second joeprogrammers selections except I would replace the word speed with goodness.

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    The reason why these big distros are so popular is that they solve people's biggest fear: Hard to install. SuSE and Red Hat are almost easier than installing Windows XP, so it's an easy Linux experience. That's only if they support all your hardware, however. Once they start having hardware issues, then these big distros are no good.

    In my opinion, Linux's biggest problem is adapting to hardware. The hardware makers don't have Linux in mind--it's not that Linux is a bad operating system, or that Linux Torvalds had a flaw in his code--it's because the hardware manufacturers only are thinking about Windows. So they write drivers for Windows, but nothing else.

    These problems would go away if Linux were more popular than Windows. *Sigh*

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