September 17th, 2002, 01:49 AM
Mandrake or Redhat???
I'm a Linux newbie,and have been doing a little research into what would be best for me.I've come to the conclusion that I should probably start with either Mandrake or Redhat,but don't know which one.What are the primary differences in the two?Which is easier to use?Which is better security-wise?What do you all use,and why?I found a similar thread to this,but a lot of responses left out why they use the version of Linux they use,and that's what I really need to know.
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September 17th, 2002, 02:16 AM
Hmm, im not to familiar with mandrake, but I can say that red hat is pretty good to start out on. 7.3 has a very nice installer, almost as nice as YaST on SuSe. It was the first version of Linux I ever used, and it was enough to get me hooked. Since your starting out with linux, my advice would be to go pick up a Linux For Dummies book, they usually come with a distro of linux on cd, and mess around with that. Hope this helps you out some, and good luck!
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September 17th, 2002, 02:17 AM
I had the same question when I first wanted to tinker with Linux. For the most part, the answer that I got was to download a few and try to determine it for myself. I have really only played with Mandrake, and I like it. The installs have been easy for me - user friendly. The way I understand it, it is one of the easiest installs of all distros. I'm sure that could be argued for or against. You will be the best judge since you will be the one using it for whatever purpose you want. Opinions only count for but so much when it comes to something like this. Much of it is preference. For example, someone may say that something has a great GUI, but you may not care because you only want to work from a command line. I plan to download a few of the others to play with. Also, you may like a certain flavor for a certain function. There are so many variations. It may not matter much to you if you plan on compiling your own kernel - I don't know much about this. My recommendation would be to download a few and see what floats your boat - RH and Mandrake are probably two good ones to start with. It seems they have somewhat set a standard. I hope this helps. Take care.
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September 17th, 2002, 02:26 AM
I personally like Mandrake, nothing against Redhat, but I found Mandrake a breeze to install and with software included, like Bastille and Mandrakes "msec" it takes some of the guess work out of hardening the machine for newbies.
Which ever distro you go for I know you will enjoy the challenges Linux will provide and you will be on the commandline before you know it.
September 17th, 2002, 02:40 AM
as a newbie you really can't go wrong with either. personally i like mandrake, but redhat is still a really good distro. you'll pry get the most tech support from it.
http://www.distrowatch.com/ is a good place to get some descriptions of a lot of different distros.
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September 17th, 2002, 02:48 AM
Everybody has raised a lot of good points, but the decision ultimately comes down to personal preference.
My .02 is that I would recommend Red Hat simply because I have found it to be better tested and more bug-free than Mandrake. I recently went off on a little rant about the way Mandrake tests their product, and I stand by what I said in that thread. Mandrake 9.0 is scheduled for release early this week, and the things I've heard about the betas and RC haven't been particularly encouraging.
Why not download them both and take them for a spin? Or if you don't have a broadband connection, you can get the CDs from cheapbytes.com for simething like $2. Do a little experimenting and see what you like.
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September 17th, 2002, 02:54 AM
I do agree with you on Mandrake - I try to avoid their .0 & .1 releases and go for the .2"s - most of the bugs have been ironed out by then, most but not all. Mandrake does tend to lean towards the bleeding edge and can rush the product sometimes. I have heard some good things about Debian's Woody release recently.
You have made a good point.
September 17th, 2002, 03:15 AM
As soon as I posted, I found a thread over at pclinuxonline.com on this very subject that may shed some light on things. Both Red Hat 8 and Mandrake 9.0 are due any time now.
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September 17th, 2002, 03:54 AM
Mandrake is, I think, a great choice for a beginner. Either is good but, if I were starting with linux, I'd go with Mandrake. In a couple of years, when you've learned it, take a hard look at Slackware. It's the king as far as I'm concerned, but not for a newbie.
September 17th, 2002, 04:50 AM
Ive played around with Mandrake and Redhat for a little while and I would say go with Mandrake. I havent had a very encouraging experience with Redhat 7.2+ but that may just be me. As for Mandrake, I dont have alot of good to say about anything above 7.2, just because of the bugs.