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    After I installed Suse, if I want to change to Red Hat, is it possible? Is it difficult?? Do I need to reformat?? I hope I will choose Suse coz I want to listen Mp3. By the way, Linux and Winxppro, which one has faster startup time???

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    WinXP boots up faster than any modern version of Linux. Linux takes a lot longer to boot, although there are some custom mods to the kernel you can add to make it boot a lot faster. I've been looking for it, but can't find the magazine where I saw it. Maybe someone else in the board has it.
    You don't have to reformat the hard drive, alghough it's probably useful. Switching betwheen distros is a bit tedious. What you could do is create a partition for the root of each distro and use a different partition for the /home dir. That way, if you screw up the root partition you can reformat and/or reinstall it without any loss of your personal data.
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    FreeBSD boots faster than Win XP does on my machine after I recompiled the kernel.

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    btw you don't need SUSE to listen to mp3's, any modern distro can do it.
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    Originally posted by Waldo2k2
    btw you don't need SUSE to listen to mp3's, any modern distro can do it.
    But not all do it straight out of the box (or from the web as it were). But it's not at all hard to find packages to get mp3 support

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    >>out of the box

    ah, ok. I didn't realize they patched their kernel for it.
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    Originally posted by Waldo2k2
    >>out of the box

    ah, ok. I didn't realize they patched their kernel for it.
    Jesus, they don't, they just pre-install ALSA (or maybe they use OSS? bleh.) and XMMS. Total waste of 80$. I have SuSE 7.2, RH7, RH9, and Gentoo. I hate all RH and SuSE, although SuSE was the best out of the two. I only paid for SuSE and RH7, though - RH9 is a free download.

    Why are you wasting money on Linux? Download and burn an ISO. Linux is open source and free (if someone mentions beer vs. speech you will get a swift e-kick to the e-teeth), so you can get ISOs from most distributions.

    PS: This is where I shamelessly plug Gentoo Linux. Use Gentoo. Love Gentoo. RH (lol fedora lol) is crap and you won't learn anything. SuSE is less crappy but you still won't learn anything. If you want to learn Linux, do something like Gentoo.

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    Mandrake would also be a good alternative.

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    Originally posted by -KEN-
    Use Gentoo. Love Gentoo. RH (lol fedora lol) is crap and you won't learn anything. SuSE is less crappy but you still won't learn anything. If you want to learn Linux, do something like Gentoo.

    What do you mean I still won't learn anything? Seem like Gentoo has no GUI??? It looks like DOS???

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    Originally posted by afreedboy
    It looks like DOS???
    BLASPHEMY! How dare you compare bash to DOS!? j/k
    Seriously though, that's the best way to learn how to use GNU/Linux. If you ever do anything serious with your knowledge of Linux it's gonna be using the command line. You gotta face it: Command line works faster than a GUI, you tell the program all you want it to do in a sentence and it will do as ordered.
    The command line can seem hard at first, but when you get used to it, you'll love it.
    Think about it this way: if a two-year-old can use the command line, why shoudn't you be able to?

    NOTE: Yes, a two-year-old can use the command line.
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    using a distro like RH /SUSE / Mandrake is good for getting familiar with *nix architecture. You can easily browse the web and set things up without a lot of hassle and not too big a learning curve. Maybe then you could ease yourself into gentoo or debian, instead of jumping in the deep end and hopeing you work out how to swim before you sink.

    The only way to really find out is for yourself. Just buy yourself a book on linux, download a distro, if you dont like it just download another. If you set up your system with 2 partitions for linux / and /home you can keep all your user data when you change distros, including your kde settings.

    good luck with it.
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    I wouldn't recommend a n00b to use a n00b linux. Why? Because they'll get frustrated when they actually have to do work on their own. They might have a lot of trouble starting off with something like Gentoo, but at least they'll learn right.

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    Jesus, they don't, they just pre-install ALSA (or maybe they use OSS? bleh.) and XMMS
    Easy...It's obvious you don't really know what you're talking about either.
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    Originally posted by -=SoKrA=-
    WinXP boots up faster than any modern version of Linux. Linux takes a lot longer to boot, .
    You really think so? I've found Redhat and Mandrake to smoke the NT systems when it comes to boots.
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    Linux distros may not beat XP right out of the box (or out of the ISO), but if you recompile the kernel, with optimizations specific to your PC, you can get some really good boot times.
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