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Thread: Fedora VS Mandrake VS SUSE

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    Fedora VS Mandrake VS SUSE

    I have recently aquired all of these distros and decided to give them a try. This is what I found:

    Mandrake Community Edition 10.0 (4 CD Edition)

    Pros:
    * MP3 support, java, and flash and DVD support out of the box, no hunting for codecs.
    * Rather bold attempt at including the latest and greatest of the packages.
    * THe DRAKE menu items are great for beginners.
    * Good inclusion of Window Managers, also the addition of extra themes and icons were great to see.
    * Mandrake galaxy 2 and 1 theme for gnome and kde

    Cons:
    * Trouble installing the Nvidia 6111 driver.
    * Where is Juk and other mulitmedia programs?
    * A little unstable, and glitchy. Some programs just closed with no explanation.
    * Encountered an error with the install at the very end. When I tried to configure my network, it spat the dummy and rebooted the computer. I then had to reinstall everything because the system hadn't been configured yet.

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    Fedora Core 2:

    Pros:
    * Easy installation
    * Relatively bug free, when compared with Mandrake
    * 100% free
    * Some of Redhat's management programs are great and easy to use.
    * Good hardware support
    * Nvidia drivers installed without a hitch
    * Uses Xorg instead of XFree86

    Cons:
    * No mpeg support, no java, no flash, nothing!!!
    * Limited amount of packages. I installed over 5gbs worth, and I was left wondering where it all went!
    * Dependence on GNOME 2.4 as the default WM
    * Man I hate the bluecurve theme!!!
    * Stupidly patched kernel prevents a lot of programs from running, unless you are prepared to do a bit of hacking.


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    Suse Pro 9.1

    Pros:
    * Huge range of programs that are available. I did the full 11.8 gb install and I am sure that there is no other linux program out there :lol:
    * YAST was a dream to use for the install, and it was helpful after with configuration.
    * Java, flash, mp3 support out of the box.
    * Nvidia drivers 6111 installed without a hitch.
    * No problems were encountered with any programs. I haven't had it crash as of yet.

    Cons:
    * No DVD support!!!
    * A lot of useless packages too. Some of the window managers have different names, but they are the same darn WM!
    * Some problems with the VIA AC97 audio.



    In conclusion, although these systems are good, the best was SUSE 9.1 Pro. I thought Mandrake was good as well, but I was frustrated that I couldn't install my Nvidia drivers. I also felt that it could have had more packages. Fedora was the worst of the lot. Although it seemed pretty stable, it was useless because there was nothing to do. THere were hardly any programs, and it was pretty hard to install some new ones because it has plenty of libraries missing. However, I liked how it used Xorg, the other distros should have thought of that too.
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    any specific reason for the double post?

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    Thanks for the review beez. I haven't been able to Dl and play with any of the new distro's so its nice being able to read about others peoples experiences.
    Two things about Mandrake, in case you didn't already know. 1)Juk is in there, it is just included in a a kde-multimedia package, you would probably have to do a 'urpmq --fuzzy juk' to find it oddly enough, I found this annoying too. 2) The latest nVidia drivers/installer isn't really supported by Mandrake, you should just use the provided RPM's.

    Thanks again for the reviews! Did you go out an buy Suse9.1, I was just wondering where you got it from.
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    Most of the things I've read and people I've talked to... People either love or hate YasT. I haven't used it in many years now, but your comments make me want to give it another try (specially in light of the problem I'm having with getting my sound card to work with the Knoppix family). Echoing jro's question; where did you get your copy of SusE? Did it cost you anything?
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    I got all of the distros for free. SUSE 9.1 came with that pack that Novell sent me, and a buddy of mine burnt me Mandrake 10 and Fedora 2. I have found another reason why I like SUSE. It was really easy to install Unreal TOurnament 2004 with. The graphics are great and the performance was perfect. I can't wait for some more games to come out for linux... Also, sorry about the double post. I was at uni when I posted it, and they are really buggy, and sometimes it looks as if you haven't posted, when in reality, you have. Sorry ops:
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    np, i just thought you might have meant to have posted something different in the second one.

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    THat's the second time that it has happened.
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