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RE: Newbie trying to use/install on Fedora 5

From: Norton, Jack
Subject: RE: Newbie trying to use/install on Fedora 5
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 11:11:09 -0500

If you have a reasonably powerful machine, try Gentoo linux.  People get scared 
of the idea of a source based distro, but I feel there is no better way to 
learn than stumbling through the Gentoo Handbook (which is primo).  There is 
linux et al, and then there is Red Hat et al.  

-----Original Message-----
From: address@hidden on behalf of Jon Wilson
Sent: Tue 4/25/2006 12:04 AM
To: guile-user
Subject: Re: Newbie trying to use/install on Fedora 5
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.
> Olwe
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