[R] choosing systems

Bernd Johannes Wuebben wuebben at math.cornell.edu
Tue Jan 12 02:45:35 CET 1999

I agree with pretty much everything that Douglas said -- though I'd like
to point out, if I may, that in my opinion Suse 6.0 is definitely on par
with RedHat 5.2 if not surpassing it. See the latest reader poll in the
Linux Journal ( January issue ) where Suse was voted #1. One of many
advantages of Suse over RedHat is that the Suse 6.0  CD set comes with
much more 'stuff' than the RedHat 5.2 distribution and thus saves you
lots of dowload time. 


> As for distributions of Linux, I think that RedHat is the easiest
> system to work with on your own and to get support for.  I personally
> prefer Debian but it is probably not the best choice to try to install
> for the first time.  Make sure you get RedHat 5.2.  I have seen it
> advertised in computer stores here for $20.  (Interestingly enough, it
> was advertised as a "Utility".  I can just imagine the typical
> computer neophyte who installs this "utility" and ignores the little
> warning about "You are about to re-format your hard drive.  This may
> result in a loss of data".)

Bernd Johannes Wuebben                          wuebben at kde.org
wuebben at math.cornell.edu                        wuebben at acm.org

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