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Re: Choosing a distribution (was: Just a simple query)

On Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 2:43 PM, Camaleón <noelamac@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 26 Oct 2011 22:55:40 +0530, Linux Tyro wrote:
>> I am beginner in Linux and do another job. But I use computer very less.
>> Just a simple doubts regarding the selection. Please suggest me
>> regarding the following:
>> "Debian vs openSUSE for a novice"
> Well, being this a Debian mailing list, my bet is that most people here
> will blindly point you to Debian ;-P

Blindly or not blindly...

The problem with most "reviews" is they base it on a fresh install
and Desktop set up.

Living with a distro is often far different than a fresh install.

Ask yourself two big questions:

1. what are you going to do with this Linux OS - it is often more
than running the OS itself, or else anything would do

2. how do you hope to maintain this Linux OS - will you buy a new
system every time you need to do a major upgrade on the OS?

If your answers point to things like running amavisd-new as part of an
anti-spam solution, then you will want the breadth of packages
found in Debian and not found in the likes of Redhat.

If your answers point to the desire to install once and upgrade
on top of that installation, then you will want the well tested
capability of Debian to handle this process.

If you don't plan to use it in any sort of production purpose
(e.g. providing corporate web or email services), and you
just want to tinker, then you should not decide on an OS,
but just play with all of the mature Linux distribution releases.
You'll find your own opinions and your Linux home that way.

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