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Should I focus on Red hat or Mandrake 10.0 official?

 
Jesse Torres
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I am entirely new to Linux. I posted an earlier topic on which Linux version to commence my learning. Someone recommended Mandrake 10.0. Unfortunately, I am having trouble installing Mandrake.Here is that old thread

Should I try a different version of Linux? Should I instead base my learning on the Red hat version? If so, is Red hat free? Where can I obtain a free Red hat download? Is there a specific Red hat version?

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redhat is fedora today.

Kanotix is told to be easily installed.
 
Jesse Torres
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Originally posted by Stefan Wagner:
redhat is fedora today.

Kanotix is told to be easily installed.


Which is free and better to learn?
 
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You can D/L all RedHat releases up to 9 for free from redhat.com or any of a number of mirror sites. Same with Fedora. Fedora is what would have otherwise been RedHat 10 & 11 if they hadn't decided to go Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). You can D/L RHEL source code and roll your own (or get a pre-packaged system free from places like whitebox, but to get the "eal" RHEL, you have to buy it from Red Hat.

Mandrake is based on the same principles as RedHat/Fedora, but target more for home use, whereas Red Hat was targeted for business use.

For just playing around, suit yourself. If you're looking for a job, go with Fedora or RHEL. Red Hat 9 and earlier have passed end-of-life.
 
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Jesse,I was too recieving the same error when I was trying to install Mandrake 10 and Mandrake Official 10."I can't recover from this" is the same error I was getting.Insert CD 2 first and then try.It might work.
I was finally successful with Mandrake Official 10.But X server was not working.If you have laptop,then X Server is going to give you a problem.Keep your monitor/graphics controller info ready before installing Mandrake.I tried with diffrent resolutions and monitor settings but didn't work.I reinstalled Mandrake.It took me 30 minutes and X server running.
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Originally posted by Jesse Torres:


Which is free and better to learn?

mandrake is 'easier' to learn.UI is great and documentation is free and easy to read.Red Hat is fine for advanced users.
 
Jesse Torres
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Originally posted by Arjun Shastry:
Jesse,I was too recieving the same error when I was trying to install Mandrake 10 and Mandrake Official 10."I can't recover from this" is the same error I was getting.Insert CD 2 first and then try.It might work.
I was finally successful with Mandrake Official 10.But X server was not working.If you have laptop,then X Server is going to give you a problem.Keep your monitor/graphics controller info ready before installing Mandrake.I tried with diffrent resolutions and monitor settings but didn't work.I reinstalled Mandrake.It took me 30 minutes and X server running.
Regards


I tried putting in CD 2 first. It still didn't work. Should I first partition the HD. I have a Dell Laptop Inspiron 8200 40GG HD Win XP Pro. Should this HD be partitioned before even attempting installation?

Also I don't know how to use the Md5 susms tool. What steps should I take after downloading image files?

Thanks very much,
 
Arjun Shastry
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I partitioned 20 GB into two 10 GB each.on C: Windows XP and then started Mandrake installation.I purchased CDs from one LUG man.I didn not recieve Checksum error.
 
Jesse Torres
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Originally posted by Arjun Shastry:
I partitioned 20 GB into two 10 GB each.on C: Windows XP and then started Mandrake installation.I purchased CDs from one LUG man.I didn not recieve Checksum error.


Is it a requirement to first partition the hard drive? Also is there a free partitioning tool?

Thanks
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Personally, i prefer Red Hat8/9 over Mandrake 9 (don't know much about 10 yet). I was always tempted to use Mandrake because of their nice looking screenshot in mandrakesoft.com website. .. ..... to make story short. Mandrake 9 has plenty missing files require for third part tools such as Ksim, firefox etc. I am currently running Red Hat 9 (Not Fedora) with latest patches/updates and everything seems stable. So far so good. To me, both Red hat and Mandrake are equally easy to learn. Red Hat has Gnome and KDE and I think Mandrake only has KDE ?
 
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Originally posted by Kay Liew:
Personally, i prefer Red Hat8/9 over Mandrake 9 (don't know much about 10 yet). I was always tempted to use Mandrake because of their nice looking screenshot in mandrakesoft.com website. .. ..... to make story short. Mandrake 9 has plenty missing files require for third part tools such as Ksim, firefox etc. I am currently running Red Hat 9 (Not Fedora) with latest patches/updates and everything seems stable. So far so good. To me, both Red hat and Mandrake are equally easy to learn. Red Hat has Gnome and KDE and I think Mandrake only has KDE ?


Is Red Hat free? From a employment perspective, should I focus on learning Mandrake or Red Hat? If Red Hat is the answer, can I start with Fedora, since it's Red Hat based?

Thanks,
 
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Originally posted by Kay Liew:
Red Hat has Gnome and KDE and I think Mandrake only has KDE ?


I think Mandrake comes with KDE, Gnome & IceWM.
 
Arjun Shastry
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Yes,Mandrake Official 10 has kde and gnome.I m not sure about last one.One thing I like about Mandrake is startup time is very less unlike Fedora which I found comparitively slow.
 
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Try SuSE ( http://www.suse.com ). It is stable and clean. Easy to install and configure well.

Fedora (Red Hat's community edition) and Mandrake are too unstable and buggy.

If you are really a beginner than you should try Knoppix ( http://www.knoppix.org ). Using Knoppix, you dont need to install. Just pop in the CD and it runs.
 
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