Redhat Professional Workstation?
Has anyone tried this? Comments? $79 at the local Staples, I am weary of wrestling with the various free Linux distros and their quirks. I just want to get some work done in a Unix-like environment on an x86 PC compatible machine without hassling with half-baked ... well, half-baked-quite-a-bit-of-stuff.
Mitch & Murray (from downtown)
+1 for Mandrake on the "easy to install, easy to use" list.
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
I have RH 7.3 and was considering an upgrade to 9.x until Red Hat announced they were dropping the non-enterprise versions of their distro. If you're not too concerned with support in the future, then Red Hat is easy to install and use.
take a look at Fedora - http://fedora.redhat.com/
From what I've read, fedora users will essentially be Red Hat's Linux lab rats since they'll be using it as a proving ground. I don't think that's the kind of distro you want to use for a development workstation.
Fedora 1 _is_, for all practical purposes, RedHat 9, with much better package management ("yum"). If you like RedHat and don't want to shell out, use Fedora. RedHat is still financing most of the work and testing of Fedora, and so far everyone I know that uses Fedora is happy with it.
I use RedHat 9 on my personal machine. Yestarday I run Synaptic (I regularly run it, it is similar to up2date) and after reboot WOW I see Fedora! I needed to correct fonts in conqueror, mailer and terminal applications and the rest works as good as before.
Evgeny Gesin /Javadesk.com/
+1 for Mandrake
If you have the bandwidth and $.13 for a blank CD...
If all you want is "Unix-like environment", consider Cygwin: http://www.cygwin.com Be sure to have the bandwidth though, as the download can be hundreds of megs, and I'm not sure you can buy it on CD instead.
Nick, what kind of distribution would you consider for a development workstation?
Mandrake for an easy install. Try and buy an old copy of PC Plus; they nermally give away the ISO's on one of the DVD issues.
If you don't want half-baked then forget Linux.
Not at all happy with RedHat 9, lets just say the last three weeks have not been pleasant. I am making better headway with the Mandrake 9.2 install I have at home. And yes, I am using this for development.
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