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advice on choice

Hi,

I want to learn linux and I ask me what is the best.
Slackware, Red Hat, Mandrake, etc ?

Thanks for your advice
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NietzscheCommented:
It really depends on what you want to do with your box (server? workstation? old system with dust all over?):  
Slackware is the best choice for an old box; at work, our server now is a 486 with a 300MB hard drive - running slackware.  Which runs just fine; just doesn't have all the bells and whistles on it in its install on our box - what do you expect for 300MB?
Mandrake is an "optimized" RH distribution for Pentiums ... however, if you're looking to run on a Sparc / PPC, then this wouldn't be the way to go; also, I've *heard* that Mandrake does not install a few fairly core daemons by default (telnet, for instance)...
YellowDog is a PPC distribution, as is linuxppc (www.linuxppc.org); as I don't run PPC, I really can't say too much here.
RedHat is the distribution that I'd recommend - it has RPM support for easy installations of new software - no more un-tar and gunzip'ing - and is scalable from a command-line only box all the way up to a GUI-on-startup production machine with just about the best starter tools out of the box ... It's also what I've installed on our new (PPro 200) at work, and it is stable and fairly slick.
As for Corel OpenLinux ... I can't say that I've had good experiences with that one - it *looks* really pretty, but I've tried to configure the ./configure script of licq to work with it ... and it can't pick it up as Linux ... something may just be inherently wrong with my friend's box, but ... what I've seen has not impressed me too much.
And if you'd like a REALLY small distro, there's always DragonLinux - it's about 20MB and installs in a UMSDOS branch off your FATxx drive - the drawback is performance/IO issues ... lack of "the latest and greatest" things ... but, again, for 20MB, what do you expect?

Let me know if this helps.
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NietzscheCommented:
PS: Linux Unleashed (SAM's) includes RedHat 6.x and is a LARGE book with a fairly comprehensive overview of just about everything.  You might want to consider it - it's about $40-50 (guessing), but well worth it as a first book and reference manual.
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AlphomegaAuthor Commented:
I need to learn linux. I'm an absolute beginner.
I work on pentium 100 with 24 MO, 1GO HD.
I'll format my disk and install a version linux. I'm searching an easy product. RedHAt seem the best?

Jean-Luc!
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AlphomegaAuthor Commented:
PS: I work alone at home ...
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NietzscheCommented:
RedHat does seem the best; I'm running RH6.0 on my laptop (Compaq 1080; 166Mhz, 32MB RAM, 1GB disk), and it runs blazingly fast in text-mode and reasonably quickly in XWindows.  Also, RH6.1 has included a MUCH easier install routine (similar to Lizard) that is "point-and-click" based.  So, for starting out, this will be simple enough to use - and you can, as your needs for customizability increase and you become more and more comfortable, switch back to the text-mode install or even the expert install ... RedHat seems to be the hands-down winner on large scale Linux distributions - IBM, Dell, and Compaq have all signed with RedHat and are now offering to pre-install RH linux on their servers.  You can find out more about that at http://www.redhat.com .  Also, RH has a fairly good support base, a large customer base, a lot of books written on it, and is a solid distribution (you can have XWindows come up on boot at first [like NT or Win9x], and then when you find that you're more and more comfortable with it you can disable that and have it boot with the command - line interface only.  RedHat is what I run at home, what I run at work, and what I run for school.  I've tried out most of the other distributions, and I've found that RH is the best ... and, with RedHat Linux Unleashed, it's about the best "Off The Shelf" documentation that you can buy for Linux (again, this book does include RH6.x).
RedHat is about the best balance between ease (for today) and scalability (for tomorrow).
Really, the best of both worlds.
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AlphomegaAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all explains ...
I'll use RedHat.
(You're a big professor)
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