Slackware vs SuSE vs Debian vs Redhat vs ....

Slackware vs SuSE vs Debian vs Redhat vs ....

Post by Johan Hartzenber » Thu, 19 Aug 1999 04:00:00

Hi Everyone.

Is there anywhere I could find a comparative summary of the different
distributions of Linux?

A web-site or FAQ doc or any other resource would be great if you could
point me in the right direction.

What I want to know is what are the main differences between the distro's to
help me eliminate at least some before I start experimenting to find the
right one for me.

Thanx in advance,



Slackware vs SuSE vs Debian vs Redhat vs ....

Post by John Giras » Thu, 19 Aug 1999 04:00:00

: Redhat:    The opposite of Slackware, introduced RPM package format and GUI
:            config utils.  Installs easily but doesn't give you a heck of a
:            lot of control (my only experience is RH5.1 though).  Comes with
:            mix of OS and commercial products (i.e. default desktop is KDE).
:            i386 & Alpha, ideally aimed at the first-time Unix/Linux sysadmin.

Just checked; I forgot to mention they support Sun/Sparc as well,
and it seems that GNOME/Enlightenment (ick) is now the default desktop.  KDE
(double ick) is still available though.

and by "control" I meant "control over the install process", btw.


ObPlea to developers: please please please write for X, and not GNOME or KDE.


Slackware vs SuSE vs Debian vs Redhat vs ....

Post by Paul Gallaghe » Thu, 19 Aug 1999 04:00:00

Hope you won't mind, but I'd rather not quote from the original.

I've only had exposure to SuSe, Caldera, TurboLinux and Red Hat (which is my
current distro).

Red Hat does offer KDE, but GNOME is the default for X.

I'm not sure I understand your statement that SuSe is what Red Hat
should have been. I know: you mention that you think their distro
installs more easily, has fewer "growing pains" compared to Red Hat
per release, but this wasn't my experience (at least, with 5.2, I
believe); quite the contrary. It was not an easy installation, and
Yast presented an almost incomprehensible system to
me. Installation of packages after the install was also
flustering. And although I thought they may have had a more up-to-date
set of video drivers (I wondered if it was due to a more solid
relationship to the X-Free86 Project, but for the life of me, can't
recall what led me to that suspicion), I found nothing exemplary which
set them apart from the crowd.

I spent the least time with Caldera, so I can't comment at all,

To me, honestly, I think it's like asking someone what flavor of
vanilla they prefer. I'm sorry if that sounds so simple, but I still
fall back to advice I'd seen on a Linux newsgroup a couple years ago
from a guru: try as many of 'em as you can get your hands on and stick
with the one you like the best. You don't have to break the bank;
heck, they're included in books, given away at expos, can be
downloaded off the 'Net or got from friends.



Slackware vs SuSE vs Debian vs Redhat vs ....

Post by Christopher Brow » Fri, 20 Aug 1999 04:00:00

Quote:>Just checked; I forgot to mention they support Sun/Sparc
>as well, and it seems that GNOME/Enlightenment (ick) is now the
>default desktop.  KDE (double ick) is still available though.

I expect that Enlightenment will be replaced by WindowMaker Real Soon
Now as the default, what with Rasterman's departure from RHAT.
I think you ought to know I'm feeling very depressed


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What would really be helpfull is some comments on just what exactly the
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