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Mandriva, OpenSUSE or Fedora?

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Based on this http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major, it seems all of these 3 have cons that make them bad... Are these cons even true?
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OpenSUSE is bloated, just as that review says. The cons he lists for Mandriva and Fedora are largely irrelevant. I don't really consider the lack of books on Mandriva to be a con. And Fedora works just fine on a desktop. In fact, I would wager more people use it on a desktop than a server.
I use Suse,and can say that I haven't noticed that it is slow,or bloated at all.It just a matter of not installing the packages that you don't want to run.
its suse for me
OpenSUSE is nice but some-what bloated but that is easily fixable and no con at all. As for Fedora, the con is irrelevant. I would personally go Fedora.
never tried Fedora

Suse is good, but isn't for me
Mandriva is not cool. apart from the fact that it has Activesync support, i cannot say i enjoyed my experiences with the Live CD.

i would go for Suse - i preferred it to Mandriva
Thanks, I've narrowed my choices. Now it's Ubuntu or Fedora. Yes I know I didn't include Ubuntu, but just tell me which one you think is best.
Ubuntu if you are completely new to linux. Fedora if you want to try a new linux distro

i would use Mint though. it is IMO more user friendly than Ubuntu - follow the link in my sig if you want more info.
Ubuntu and fedora will essentially do the same things for you. It all comes down to personal pref. The main difference between fedora and ubuntu is, fedora uses RPM, and ubuntu uses apt-get. But in the end you can use yum or apt on fedora. Basically what I'm trying to say is, no difference. They are both simplified distributions, which work great. I recommend ubuntu 8.10, it runs pretty awesome compared to other releases. If you want to start developing I recommend something light weight you can build from top to bottom.

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You all should have known I'd drop by in this thread.

Cons: Fedora's priorities tend to lean towards enterprise features, rather than desktop usability
This is a con? Some people would consider this a pro.
I use Fedora on the desktop and I absolutely love it.

If you've never used Linux, and even if you have, before you get started you should read the Hardware Guide and Software Guide in my sig. The Hardware Guide will help you make sure that all your hardware is going to work and warn you of any problems you might have. The Software Guide will help you get either Fedora or Ubuntu tweaked out after you install it.

As for choosing between them, if you're willing to learn, aren't TOO afraid of the scary black box, and you eventually plan to move into some kind of enterprise role (e.g. Unix sysadmin at a large company making bank) then go with Fedora. If you want to ease into Linux more, play around with it, and go slow, get Ubuntu (or Mint as was mentioned).

Either way you'll find lots of help and support around here!
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Or if you want a bit more stable with less eye candy go for CentOS.
Thanks, I think I'll go with Ubuntu, not sure yet though.

Originally Posted by reezin14 View Post
I use Suse,and can say that I haven't noticed that it is slow,or bloated at all.
Agreed. When I first used Suse back in the 9.3 and 10.0 days, Suse was pretty damn slow compared to other distros. I tried it again when 10.3 came out, and they improved it a whole lot. It really isn't slow anymore. I've used 11.0 only very briefly, and it was also an improvement. 11.1 is due out in 32 days (December 18).

Out of the ones you mentioned in the title, Mandriva is the easiest, Suse is second, and Fedora is third. Personally, Suse is my favorite. Fedora was always a bit odd to me, and it's kinda hard to use. I actually never used a Fedora version where something didn't go wrong (I remember in the latest one, every time I would try to load the package manager, it would always tell me that it's already in use).

If you think Suse is bloated, just don't install the crap packages when you install the OS. Unlike other distros, you actually get a choice to nitpick what you want installed with your OS. Just take the crap like KDE TV out, and you should be happy. None of that really affects the speed of the OS anyway, since they're not background-running processes, just crap sitting on the HDD.
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