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Linux V Linux. (10/03/2007 05:03:38 AM)

I have said often enough that the Linux community can be complete and utter <insert bad names here>, especially when it comes to comparing the *nix based Operating Systems to Windows. The fanboyism can be downright annoying for both those who support and condemn any operating system, and it's something I strongly oppose and depicts a bad image of any operating system.

The funny thing lately I have been seeing are arguments that have changed in what they are attacking. More and more, there are discussions about Linux being better than Linux??? For example, over at Digg there have been some completely stupid and moronic discussions with fanbois of openSuSE, Ubuntu and Fedora Core. The discussion is about one Operating System being better than the other. The thing is, neither are better than one another. They are all different, they all have specific purposes and they all have varying levels of software support. As a matter of fact, I use all 3 (and then some)...

SuSE (SLED, openSuSE 10)
linuxThis seems to be a great desktop, easy to use interface (given they altered Gnome) and have XGL (the 3D cube) built-in ready to work out of the box. It comes with YaST (which is something you either Love or Hate) that allows for a robust install. Security appears to be tight in terms of commands such as ifconfig, iwconfig and many others are hidden from normal users. Ultimately, I use it on my Laptop because of the impressive performance I get with XGL loaded.

Ubuntu (Server and Desktop 6.10)
Probably the easiest of all 3 to set up. You put a CD in, load the OS up and click 'install' to which everything is installed to the HDD. Given it is based on Debian, aptitude is included (apt-get install <package> automatically installs applications from repositories.) which makes it easy to update applications remotely. Configuration of the server component appears to be easy as p!ss - to the point where I had a wireless router set up with DNS, WINS, LAMP and DHCP up and running in about 60 minutes. The major problem I found was the use of shell scripts, but for a server or someone installing packages designed for Ubuntu, it's a nice little OS to begin with. Certainly makes a great light-weight server for the next LAN party :P

Fedora Core (Version 6)
If there was ever a distribution suitable for ANYTHING, Fedora Core is the way to go. It has a fantastic package base for both a desktop and server environment, and is backed by Red Hat who offer certifications for their operating systems. The problem I found was the amount of configuring over the alternative OS's which can be good and bad at the same time. It's good given you can customise to the finest of details, however probably not suitable for a newcomer to Linux. The interface looks pretty ordinary, but certainly gets the job done. I use this primarily for proper web server because of the support, the easiness of configuring without requiring every package and the fact it's updated every 6 months with a new version does give me peace of mind.

Basically I'm trying to say that there is no right or wrong answer. As a matter of fact, for a Desktop environment for most users, Windows would still get my recommendation. Why? Well people just don't want to go through the trouble of learning a new operating system, and Windows is the one people have come to know and love hate. I just find it funny that the Linux community is getting bored of the Windows attacking that they have to resort to attacking their own.

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