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Re: Newbie trying to use/install on Fedora 5

From: Jon Wilson
Subject: Re: Newbie trying to use/install on Fedora 5
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 00:04:53 -0500
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Hi Olwe,
Just as a note, probably many people have told you this already, but Fedora is not your best bet for a newbie. Redhat is focused very firmly on the server/enterprise market, and has said that they don't really care all that much about the desktop. Meaning, of course, that their desktop offering isn't that great comparatively. They're well known, unfortunately, and many people looking to try linux think "Ok, Redhat. Erm. Fedora then." and then get confused and frustrated and leave.

I'd try one of the debian types, like Ubuntu, or else Mandriva. Both Ubuntu and Mandriva are somewhat geared toward ease of use and are good for newbies. YMMV, but in general, doing things like installing packages is much easier in one of those than in Fedora. That said, most of us are perfectly willing to help you with Fedora as well, if that is your preference.

Best of luck to you!

Olwe Bottorff wrote:
I've apparently got basic guile (1.6.7) on my new
Fed5, but it can't see/find anything else such as
guile-config or libguile.h or, or, or....i.e., can't
follow along with the "book" on embedding guile in C.

Next tried to install a new version (1.8) but the
./configure complains:

configure: error: libltdl not found.  See README.

I supposedly have libtools 1.5.22... on my machine.
Any ideas? I could really use a basic install gameplan
for this Fedora thingy, a non-Debian Linux.


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