Linux Distribution Suggestions
Posted 15 November 2002 - 11:47 PM
The main reason I'll be using it is for programming in C and C++ (for school), and for general office work, so I don't always have to boot into windows to check e-mail or use a word processor. (I will be dual booting)
I've tried Mandrake 9.0 already, but I don't really like it. I'm thinking of Redhat 8.0. I've heard that Debian and Slackware are good, but I don't know about installing with just a text-based installer.
What do you guys think?
My specs are:
1x 20GB HD
1x 80GB HD
Posted 16 November 2002 - 01:04 AM
Posted 16 November 2002 - 08:37 AM
It's based on Debian woody, and has all of Debian's strong points but it easier to manage, has a patched/updated kernel, and a better hardware detection and installation routine. It also looks somewhat similar to a Windows 2000 install, but is all Linux. It also comes with Codeweavers Office and CrossOver plugin to support some Windows-only apps and utilities.
Posted 17 November 2002 - 03:39 AM
Personally, I use RedHat 8 and i'm pleased with it.
Posted 17 November 2002 - 06:43 AM
I looked into both Debian and Slackware more closely, and I wouldn't have been able to install them where I wanted, which was the last third of my 80GB drive, where LILO can not see to boot.
I did end up installing Redhat 8.0, then promptly uninstalled it because it couldn't configure grub properly to boot me into WindowsXP. So, I'm back on Mandrake 9.0, which has everything of mine working properly.
I do have another question though, how do I switch between gcc compiler versions? I installed gcc 2.95.3 from source, but I can't seem to get around gcc 3.2, and I don't know where to look. I need to use v2.95.3 for my programming class, but I'd like to keep 3.2 around for compiling any programs I download that are only available as source code.
Posted 13 December 2002 - 08:04 AM
2. Go into /usr/bin and rename gcc and g++ to gcc-<oldversion> and
3. Install the new version.
4. Go into /usr/bin and rename gcc and g++ to gcc-<newversiion> and
g++-<newversion>. Symlink to the new names, calling the links gcc
5. Check to make sure cc and c++ are symlinks to gcc and g++.