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Which is the best distribution?

Which is the best distribution?

Posted Apr 8, 2004 7:10 UTC (Thu) by eru (subscriber, #2753)
Parent article: Which is the best distribution?

Personal desktop OS. Xandros Desktop or LindowsOS for not-technical users, and Mandrakelinux or SUSE LINUX for the rest.

I don't see why a non-technical user could not deal with modern versions of MandrakeLinux (and probably SUSE, but I have no direct experience of it). Some time ago I installed MandrakeLinux 9.2 on a "2000-vintage" Celeron system and it was the first Linux installation I ever succeeded in getting working to my satisfaction without having to touch the command line or manually edit any configuration file. It was also well localized to my native language.

Unlike LindowsOS, MandrakeLinux takes security seriously and does not encourage the user to work only as root (logging in as root gets you warning boxes and a blood-red default desktop background if you persist). It compensates for this by having all the graphical administration tools ask for the root password when needed, which should be an easy enough solution for any users intelligent enough to use any kind of computer at all. The LindowsOS approach is a security disaster waiting to happen, which may end up smearing correctly done distributions.

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