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But, as discussions such as this tend to go, there are people with definate opinions on what is right and what is wrong. Oddly, when it comes to OSs, I've never really considered myself one of them (well, if we're discussing flavors of *nix, anyway..) possibly 'cause I don't know the individaul systems as well as I should. Because I don't hold a strong opinion, I essentially let the others work it out, feeding input whenever a question of web servers came up.
I know there are strongly held opinions in regards to OS loyalty, but I think in regards to *nix, I'm a tad confused. I understand the sometimes bitter feuds between Mac/Windows/*nix loyalists, but the flavor o' *nix battles leave me a tad baffled. I understand that each flavor has differences, be it in commands, architecture, licensing, or what, but it seems from my experience that these differences are fairly subtle, or obvious enough to work with.
Am I just naive? Or simply not loyal enough. ;) FWIW, we settled on Linux (probably RedHat or Slack), FreeBSD, and Solaris. And just curious, if you do have a "flavor" you ...errrr... favor, what would it be and why?
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I prefer Solaris. Let me approach this from the hardware side of things (since I'm a "hardware" type of guy anyway). I strongly dislike the commodity PC "design" (heh heh heh), the SPARC stuff is rather spiffy. With that in mind, nothing supports the SPARC hardware better than Solaris.
I also like PowerPC boxes, particularly the Mac clones that suddenly disappeared (thanks Steve Jobs). Hopefully MacOS X will make the Apple boxes entertaining (MacOS 9 and older is boring, really).
I need to dual boot Linux and W2K from the start so I can remain productive during the learning curve and because Linux doesn't yet read the NTFS file system (AFAIK).
I downloaded and installed Mandrake 8.0 and the KDE interface soon got trashed, probably my own fault, but I couldn't untrash it after several hours... Set it aside. Tried Corel, nice workstation package, I liked it, but it didn't seem too powerful and I couldn't get dual boot working. Boot Corel or nothing...
I'm currently playing with RedHat 7.1, the docs are the best I've found, it seems very powerful, flexible and stable... Haven't got dual boot working yet but I'm sure I'll figure it out... Seems like a rock solid package.
It's frustrating because things I can do in 2 minutes under Windoze seem to take me 2 hours under Linux... Learning curve...
Anyone have any impressions, comments, or recommendations about any of the many Linux distros?
To multi-boot, I've always kinda cheated. I install Windows first, then install Partition Magic. Using Partition Magic I can set up the drives the way I want them, including formatting in whatever FS is needed. Partition Magic makes it pretty easy to set up partitions for Linux (among other OSs...), and has a pretty spiffy bootloader.
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I guess my favourite depends a lot on who's paying for it :)