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shark1

Well, i think it depends on the knowledge you have on Linux, some distros are more user friendly than other but less technical.

I know Mandrake is good for those who want to learn and get better. Slackware is more tecnical and apropriate for advanced users. It's what i think wiggle2.gif

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radixvir

FYI...my recent issue of PC magazine asked this question and they rated Red Hat the best. but they said mandrake was the best for newbies

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solace

debian, without a doubt

i've used em all, none are as robust as it is

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MulletRobZ

Is it possible to have more than one Linux distro on a machine? Eg. Slackware and Mandrake.

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configure

I don't see why not. As long as you manage the partitions correctly and modify lilo.conf to load up different kernel image on different partition with different handle that should be fine :) :D

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MulletRobZ

So what would you suggest? Have ther partitions set to the following :

/mnt/windows (Windows 98 SE)

/mnt/slackware (Slackware)

/ (Mandrake)

Or is there a more efficient method?

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configure

That could be done. You might want to manage your partition like this:

hda0 -> Windows

hda1 -> Mandrake

hda2 -> Slackware

hda4 -> SWAP

That's 3 partition which is linux-native (kernel2.4 right? :p) and 1 partition as SWAP in 1 HDD. Now I don't know if sharing swap partition would create a problem or not, but I don't think it will :p

Now editting your lilo.conf, please post your lilo.conf here if you need help. :p

G'luck :D

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MulletRobZ

Oh OK! But wouldn't hda0 be FAT32?

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configure

Ofcause it'll be FAT32, it's a Windows partition :p

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MulletRobZ

That was obvious! I wonder when Mandrake 8.2 or 9.0 will come out! :old:

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Vlad
Originally posted by Webgraph

OK! Here's one of my most angry critics against Microsoft!

Microsoft makes lazy-ass computer programmers and users! Just because they make software so easy to use doesn't mean that you're a professional at it! The rest of the competition is also leaning towards that direction, but still, they make their programs so YOU have to think as well! And here's a tip! Linux programmers are more professional than Microsoft programmers! And please, don't argue with me on this one! Because this is STRAIGHT TRUE FACT!

Neobond (and the other admins) , I apologize in advance, but this is true!

I fail to see how either is more "professional." But I guess that would make Java programmers the most 31337 programmers because their programs can be run on multiple platforms, right?

Just because people program for different operating systems, doesn't mean they're more "professional" than anyone else.

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MulletRobZ

True enough, but I know that Microsoft made computing too easy that you can hardly learn how to do things the hard way! :ponder: :paranoid: :rambo:

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Vlad
Originally posted by Webgraph

True enough, but I know that Microsoft made computing too easy that you can hardly learn how to do things the hard way! :ponder: :paranoid: :rambo:

And the hard way is what? Programming assembly in a console? If this is about IDE's, there are IDE's for Linux, KDE has one.

If this is about API's - there's tons of API's for linux as well as for microsoft's windows. The thing that windows that has so many developers (game developers anyways) focusing on it is DirectX. Perhaps if Linux developers created a similar component to say, KDE or Gnome, more games would appear on Linux.

The other solution is one pursued by a company (the name escapes me at the moment) which is developing a wrapper (I think it's a wrapper) for DirectX similar on Wine.

I think it's arrogant to say people who program for Win32 are any less "professional" than anyone else. Especially considering that both platforms heavily depend on the same language - generally C/C++.

On a sidenote, it would make sense to write your software on the platform that the majority of the people you're marketing to. Writing software for people who don't/can't use it is, drum roll please, STUPID.

And as for the "Microsoft makes lazy-ass computer programmers and users!" comment, I've made my point with programmers already, and as for users, here's another news flash: Most people do not have the time/ability/willingness to learn linux. My 80 year old grandmother does not, I repeat, does not, give a damn about what a kernel is, how to compile software, or why compiling software so you can custom tailor it to your OS is so goddamnrific. She simply wants her computer to work so she can do her work, get her email, and browse the web. I'm not saying Linux can't do that, and I'm not saying that it's really difficult to install linux. But to an 80 year old woman who's more familiar with a slide rule than a calculator, it is.

(This isn't targeted at you Webgraph)

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MulletRobZ

Exactly! You see, the source behind this is that Microsoft hogged 90% of the OS market and therefore, can make their C++ compiling software easy. Also, they didn't let the companies install Linux on some of the computers because the companies that make Linux did not stand up to the PC manufacturers and tell them to use their software and not Microsoft's counterparts. The reason why I made that comment about the lazyass programmers is that even though there were major HTML and C++ editors before Microsoft's programs, it was Microsoft that made the PC usable to the average Joe and Jane. If it weren't for the invention of Windows 95, chances are that there would be less than 2% of PC users today. Besides, when did Linux, Apple, and other OS Manufacturers make up a Start Menu prototype, the wizards, dialogs, etc.?

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Lucifera
. If it weren't for the invention of Windows 95, chances are that there would be less than 2% of PC users today. Besides, when did Linux, Apple, and other OS Manufacturers make up a Start Menu prototype, the wizards, dialogs, etc.?

uhm... X was functional in '86.... where were MS back then?

btw, the best linux is the one u make urself.. www.linuxfromscratch.org

even ur 80 yr old granny can install it, if she can read that is.....

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adam

Mandrake 8.1 ALL THE WAY!

last night i installed it on virtual pc, just incase it was crap, now i removed windows and now i use linux mandrake 8.1, hmmm, 6 web browsers built in!

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Glowstick

FreeBSD all the way too... I'm just running Linux personally atm coz I'm trying the XFS filesystem and because FreeBSD4.4 SMP performance is poor. Too bad FreeBSD5.0 has been scheduled for Nov2002. I can't await SMPng.

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mortensen

I'd use Linux if it was REALLY easy to use and had a good selection of programs [there are just so many handy Windows apps about].

Computers are to make life easier, and although Mandrake is easy to install, it's hard to setup [for me anyway... I don't even know how to recompile whatever it is that you recompile]. But any alternative is good.

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MulletRobZ

I don't know how to compile code yet, but I will eventually! There's no rush about those things, Mortensen. :)

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configure
I don't know how to compile code yet
./configure;make;make install

Done :D

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MulletRobZ

Well I'd be darned! I mever thought it'd be that easy! :D

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neowin_hipster

If you're compiling the kernel though, it takes a long time and a lot of know how to configure it properly. The first time it took me three tries to be able to boot my pc. I still can't get internet :(

I love Mandrake although I hate that Mandrake makes it a pain in the ass to patch the kernel. patch doesn't work cuz it comes up with errors. I've tried everything. /usr/src only has rmps folder and not all else. ALSA won't compile without /usr/src/linux. I've installed the development package too.

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MulletRobZ

I'm not sure about that!

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irv

Just saw this topic.

I like LFS (linuxfromscratch.org -- roll your own distribution!) for my lowly router/firewall/gateway box. If I were to use any official distribution, however, it'd definitely be Debian.

-irv

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MulletRobZ

I can't wait to see what BasiliskII will be like on my Mandrake 8 machine! :D

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