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Re: Redhat to Debian conversion

On Mon, 2003-12-15 at 08:44, Gruessle wrote:
> I am new to Linux and for 2 1/2 days I been trying to install Debian.
> Well I have the very basics installed but that is really all I got.
> Now I have Redhat and that is easy to install. 
> Somewhere I read that it is posible to convert a Redhat install to Debian.
> I am wondering if that is maybe easyer then installing Debian.
> And what are the good and bad points.

I found Debian is more difficult to maintain than RedHat Linux.

I was running RedHat Linux. The last one was 6.2. on an Intel machine.
And I installed Debian first time at the spring/summer of this year.

The Debian install was rather easy here, i.e. on a powerpc architecture.
Problems come when I have to tweak the installed system according to my

Debian is a bit like these marts where one can buy, for example, some
furniture that you'll have to assemble at home: All you get is the
planks, the nails and, if you're lucky, an understandable manual that
tells you *how* to assemble it.
And the assembling part  *can* become a hard piece of work ... :)

On the other hand with Debian on the machine I quickly learned how to
compile my own kernel, which wasn't very difficult, but *definitely*
very time consuming.

I find it difficult to tell what distro is "better" for beginners than

Did you have a look a Lindows?


 It seems to be Debian based:

Here is an article on it:

I'd be careful with Redhat these days: If I understand correctly,
they'll stop providing updates for their current RedHat 9 version next

"Red Hat Linux maintenance and errata support is ending April 30, 2004."

Some notes of mine regarding Debian, on the debian-powerpc list some
time ago:


Hoping this helps.

Best Regards,

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