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Which linux distro?

  1. Sep 20, 2004 #1
    for those with linux, which one do you like the best?

    the problem for me is that i simply can't install wine in any of these distros, i have tried installing it in redhat, slack, mandrake, and suse, and failed every single time... :cry:
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  3. Sep 20, 2004 #2


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    Try Fedora (Redhat) or SuSE. SuSE is a very professional distribution, and YaST is second to none in my opinion. I suggest doing full installs if you have the disk space, of course. Doing a full install should give you a relatively decent version of Wine.
  4. Sep 20, 2004 #3


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    Don't use wine. Instead use Crossover office. It is based on wine, but made to actually work. It does cost money but well worth it if you need to run windows apps in linux.
  5. Sep 20, 2004 #4
    I use Debian. People say it's difficult to install, but that's probably just because it doesn't have a pretty graphical installer. If you can hit 'ENTER,' you can install Debian. It should be even easier to install now with the upcoming "Sarge" release.

    Once you have Debian installed, it is extremely easy to maintain and install new software. On Debian, you can install Wine as easily as typing "apt-get install wine". The packaging system will then automatically downloading the appropriate binaries from the Debian archive and install them. It will also resolve any dependencies and install those packages as well. No manual searching for files to download is needed. Additionally, you can update all of the installed packages on your system in one step by doing an "apt-get upgrade".

    One complaint about Debian is that the packages available aren't current enough or up-to-date. This only applies to the "stable" version, which can be quite a bit behind the bleeding edge, since Debian's release cycle is long. To have the most current software, use the "unstable" branch of Debian -- the label refers to its constantly being updated.

    I hope you'll give Debian a try. It's worth the effort to get it running, just for the packaging system.
  6. Sep 20, 2004 #5
    Just curious, how did Suse fail to install wine? Sometimes Yast fails because it loses connection to the ftp server; however, Yast should not fail outright.

    You could give Gentoo a try. Takes about 24-48 hours to do a stage1 install but it's worth it in my opinion. Debian is second in my book with slack a close third. All three have top notch installation tools BTW. Never had a problem with apt-get personall and I've only had a few problems with portage and Slackware's package tool.

    Debian isn't 'that' hard to install and I can almost guarantee trouble free operation even if you use the unstable tree.

    Finally, are you sure the installation is failing or are you having problems using wine after installation?
  7. Sep 21, 2004 #6
    Work: Red hat all the way... Well for our BIND servers anyway

    Home use: Mandrake and Red Hat
  8. Sep 21, 2004 #7
    Speaking of Susi... Quite possiably we will be rolling out with E-directory running on Susi very soon... Novell products on a Liunx Platform will be very good!!
  9. Sep 21, 2004 #8

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    Mandrake has my attention right now, they got it when a friend of mines drive kept crashing because of a problem in Redhat. I suspect that I might try Debian or Suse in the near future.
  10. Sep 23, 2004 #9
    comedy freebsd option ;)
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