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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.

I am looking for something that is stable and works well.  Is this new Rehat offering "it"?

Mitch & Murray (from downtown)
Saturday, January 24, 2004


Check out Mandrake 9.2 - extremely slick with a very easy to use installation. It's top notch.

Dennis Forbes
Saturday, January 24, 2004

+1 for Mandrake on the "easy to install, easy to use" list.

Brad Wilson (
Sunday, January 25, 2004

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.

Reading around the internet, the other two distros that get the most praise are Mandrake and Suse. I'm leaning toward Suse. Since Novell bought out Suse and Ximian, they seem to be one of the few companies with a well-rounded Linux vision.  Whether they are capable of executing that vision remains to be seen.

Sunday, January 25, 2004

take a look at Fedora -

Sunday, January 25, 2004

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.

Sunday, January 25, 2004

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.

Ori Berger
Sunday, January 25, 2004

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 /
Sunday, January 25, 2004

+1 for Mandrake

Loaded it onto an 800Mhz Dell PIII. Installation was very easy, including repartitioning. Autodetected all the hardware and seems much more responsive and stable that the Windows 2000 Pro that it replaced, although I will say that this was an upgrade from the NT4.2 workstation edition originally bundled and has been patched and repatched and generally goofed with, getting slower and slower and slower all the time.

PS Does anyone know of a tool like OmniOutliner that is available for Linux?

David Roper
Sunday, January 25, 2004

If you have the bandwidth and $.13 for a blank CD...

Sunday, January 25, 2004

If all you want is "Unix-like environment", consider Cygwin:  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.

Egor Shipovalov
Sunday, January 25, 2004

Nick, what kind of distribution would you consider for a development workstation?

Professional Developer
Sunday, January 25, 2004

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.

Stephen Jones
Monday, January 26, 2004

If you don't want half-baked then forget Linux.

David Jones
Monday, January 26, 2004

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.

Friday, January 30, 2004

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