SuSE Linux/Mandrake Linux/ Re: Redhat Linux - and Debian

Lachlan Cranswick l.cranswick at
Wed May 3 02:22:29 EST 2000

In article <39094EA7.2A8FA2EA at> 
gsheldr at ("George M. Sheldrick") writes:
>Paul D. Boyle wrote:
>> By the way, in recent times the term 'streamlined Redhat installation'
>> is becoming an oxymoron.  Lately, in my opinion anyway, redhat is getting
>> too bloated and too oriented towards providing a 'desktop environment'.
>> I feel a little disappointed in the direction they seem to be moving.
>> Paul
>> --

>I agree - RedHat's game plan seems to be to 'streamline' the Linux
>installation in order to appeal to Windows users and to earn money by
>providing support for the things that their installation procedure
>doesn't cover. This explains why their manual keeps getting smaller. We
>recommend SuSE, who provide much more information and many more software
>packages; however RadHat's automatic harware recognition is better than
>SuSE's. It is probably worth buying a commercial FORTRAN compiler for
>Linux; we used pgf77 ( to compile my own programs and
>CCP4 with excellent results. The compiler is very robust and produces
>faster code than g77; a full test version that runs for two weeks can be
>downloaded free.

>George Sheldrick

(Having updated the info from the followon posts to the CCP14
Linux area  webpage)

Another Linux option a friend in Melbourne is raving about 
compared to Redhat Linux is Mandrake 7 Linux 

Install is easy to do from CD-ROM, comes 
with g77 as part of the default install (ISO Images are
available off the net).  
Has some excellent tools to manage the PC -  
(i.e., turning on/off services); checking for updated 
security fixes via the internet ("Drakconf" and 
"updates" programs via the GUI Desktop).

Dual Boot Mandrake/Windows Tutorial with some screen dumps:


Though a colleague at Birkbeck keeps stating that Debian
Linux is the only Linux now available worthy of the name?


Lachlan M. D. Cranswick

Collaborative Computational Project No 14 (CCP14)
    for Single Crystal and Powder Diffraction
Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington, WA4 4AD U.K
Tel: +44-1925-603703  Fax: +44-1925-603124
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