I created this page because I was about to add a bunch of links for to my computer page and realized that it was going to become way too big. So I have refactored some of my computer page into this page. This is where I am parking my Unix items.

My linux box is gone. I purchased a laptop computer last week to replace my Windows box and since I was only using my linux box for email and websurfing I decided to give the linux box to my mother in law who is currently on a PII-400.


Well its been about two weeks since I installed Suse 9.1 and I am very happy with it.  There were so many software packages that I installed myself in 8.2 that are standard in 9.1 that I just tarred up my home directory, low-leveled my hard drive and started fresh.


I don't know if its the 8.2 release or the latest version of DbVisualizer but I got DbVisualizer up and running this weekend. I installed MySQL 4.0.16 last week and then used Rekall to create a test database and add some data. Then with DbVisualizer I was able to query the data. It was pretty cool. I created a Freeware Database section on my computer page with all these packages.

On another note I checked the Yoper site the other day and apparently the bad press paid off - Yoper is now a free download!! Their latest version is 1.2. If its anything like the 0.9 version its definitly worth the download but I am happy with Suse so I will stay with it - for now.


Well I know its been a long time writing but I finally had time to collect my thoughts. I went back to Suse after Yoper released 1.0 and did not allow for free downloads. This may seem like a contridiction since Suse does not have a free download of ISO images but they will allow you to do an ftp install. Plus Suse was $80 for a 2 dvd set (or 5 cds) whereas Yoper was $98 for 2cds. So in buying Suse there was more bang for the buck.

Of the four Linux distros I have tried here is how I would rank them in order of preference.
  1. Suse - It was the first Linux I tried that ran with all my hadware with no problems. To me it is more stable and more efficient than RedHat or Mandrake. Plus I found the YAST2 a far superior tool tho any other distro as far as updating the system.
  2. Yoper - I really liked Yoper but I could not get past the "The release candidates are free but the full version is $98." It was like a slap in the face of all the people who used the release candidate and helped Yoper test their product. They have since allowed free downloads.
  3. RedHat (8.0) - While it definitly had a leg up over Yoper on number of apps. Both Suse and Yoper were more efficient and more stable. RedHat was the only install that I actually crashed.
  4. Mandrake (9.0) - While overall it was okay. In my opinion it needs the most work to make it an decent system.


I switched over to YOPER yesterday. The plus on it is that it is compiled for 686 (vs Redhat which is compiled for 386). For most items I cannot tell much of a speed difference but the load is definitly lower. It should be noted that this is a release candidate so it is still in beta. Also there are several items missing (like CVS, or any shell besides bash). Overall my impression is still favorable.


Well I tried Mandrake 9.0 and Redhat 8.0. Both installed okay - Which is a first for Mandrake as its last version failed to recognize my ethernet card and video cards. I finally went with Redhat though as I was able to get all my software up and running.

One thing I have noticed is that Redhat takes more resources to run and (though I have no data to back this up) seems to run a little slower. When compiling some of the software I was running it was not uncommon to see loads of 2.8 on the system - with Suse it rarely got above 2.0. Overall I like Redhat but if Suse gets rid of there problem with its libraries I would seriously consider going back to them.

Linux flavors (a VERY incomplete list)

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