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What's the best distribution?

Ah.. but Lindows is based on Debian, no? Same with Xandros.

I resist having an opinion on these 2 distros, as -- unfortunately -- you can't download them. I've read about Click-N-Play, and it sounds like something helpful (tho expensive) to people who just want to get a cheap email/browser system from Walmart.

I'd love to see something easier than Red Hat so I could get my wife to run it. For example, changing resolutions without "control +" or redefining resolutions and restarting X. Or have "users" completely sandboxed... almost like a vmware session but without the performance hit. U

sers can install anything they want (using a GUI package manager) and have per-user apps install under that user's ~/bin dir, etc. Root can set this up (by hand), but not exactly user material.

This I think is still a ways off..



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jerry Feldman [mailto:gaf at]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 06, 2002 3:25 PM
> To: discuss at
> Subject: Re: What's the best distribution?
> All is true. 
> Different distributions tend to be popular in different segments.
> Red Hat is the market leader. Some people refer to Linux 8.0 
> when they 
> really mean Red Hat. Like any market leader their distro it broadly 
> targeted. 
> SuSE tends to be preferred by engineers. 
> Mandrake by new users. 
> Debian is popular with the technical people and those who are 
> very much 
> Open Source oriented. 
> Lindows is used by Wal Mart customers (I'll say no more).
> -- 
> Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
> Associate Director
> Boston Linux and Unix user group
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