Linux is the only operating system that I am
comfortable in working with. I
have not tried stuff like Beos or BSD or any other non-windows operating
systems exept Linux. I am perfectly happy using Linux, it does everything I
need it to do and more.
What I am going to do on this page is get together info on what trouble I have run into while fiddling around with linux and how I solved them and inbetween I will put in a hint or two about making your life easy in linux.
Just to get done with the distro matter then I do use Debian but most of the time I recomend new users (that is people that have never used anything exept MS-Windows or MacOS and dont know nothing about hardware and what kind of hardware it is that they are using) to install Red Hat because it is much more popular and more likely that they will meet a Red Hat user then a Debian user when they go and ask other people for help. But what I know of distributions I think that Debian is amongst the best. How can I say that? Well, the thing that I find is most descriptive about distributions is theyr package management, everything else is pretty much the same from distribution to distribution. That and how the setup process is developed is the main difference between distributions. What Red Hat has done about setup is that they install and enable every module so if the hardware is supported it will work after an installation of Red Hat. The course that Debian seems to have taken is to install every module but not enable them, rather wait for the user to define what modules he needs, so the user doesnt need to compile a new kernel. Just tell the kernel what modules you need and then things will work for you. I dont know how other distributions like Suse and Caldera have handled this part.
The package management of Debian is much nicer then any other distribution. That is because all you need is a connection to the internet and then you can just run a program called apt-get and it will get the package from a predefined ftp server or a web site that is specially designed for apt-get purposes (you can get info on where these sites are located on the #debian irc channel at irc.debian.org or at debians local site.) So my conclusion is that Debian is a much better system in the whole but Red Hat is perhaps better in the first setup.
So what is my conclusion? Well, my conclusion is to use neither of them for first installs. Get yourself rather something like Mandrake Libranet or just search The Linux Distribution List for a distribution that suits your needs.
I have been using linux now since the year 1995 and have gotten into all sorts of trouble since then and most of the time I have found a solution through persistence, intelligence (sooooo modest I am) and bugging a lot of people that just love me by now ;-). So I am going to part my linux page in two things. Pages for newbies and pages for the advanced people (some newbies might allso find the advanced pages interesting, specially if they are having some trouble with theyr system).
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 Of course the modules that Debian and Red Hat install are just the ones that are supported in the newest stable kernel, so if you have some hardware that is not supported in that kernel than you either you have to get a experimental version or wait until a kernel is published that supports your hardware