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View Poll Results: Distribution of the Year
Red Hat 178 10.46%
Slackware 448 26.34%
Debian 173 10.17%
Mandrake 276 16.23%
Fedora 95 5.58%
Libranet 27 1.59%
Suse 160 9.41%
Arch 37 2.18%
VectorLinux 8 0.47%
Knoppix 69 4.06%
Gentoo 198 11.64%
LFS 32 1.88%
Voters: 1701. You may not vote on this poll

 
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Old 12-11-2003, 06:52 AM   #181
cswbww
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to be complement, I really have to say, GENTOO is suitable for people, who get two or more computers in hands for use. That's my feeling.
 
Old 12-11-2003, 10:59 AM   #182
roy_tan711
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im using rh 9 currently, but after reading posting here, now i'm downloading slackware and will try it out
 
Old 12-11-2003, 03:41 PM   #183
randomblast
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Come on people, its an Operating System... Not a religion!
errrm, i think it's both
 
Old 12-12-2003, 12:51 AM   #184
Celti
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Slackware is a way of life.

I learned to use Linux with Slackware 8.0. After I learned enough to get around without floundering, I tried Mandrake, which a friend said I should try. I popped the CD in, installed it, and oohed and aahed over the pretty interface, but after a bit, I realized there was an element of richness, of fullness-- of depth missing.
I went back to Slackware. this time with the brand new 8.1 CDs that my Dad got me for Christmas, saying it was probably the best Linux distro out there at the time.
I puttered about with Linux for a while after that, until real life came up and bit me in the ass, precluding nearly all my use of computers for fun for several months. But, like a bicycle, once you lean you never forget. I tried Slackware 9.0, which had just came out, and this crufty thing nearly broke my faith in Pat Volkerding. (I use his full name as my first name is the same as his.) Could it be that Slackware had become... tainted? I tried other distros: I tried Crux, I tried Dead Rat-- er, Red Hat --I tried FreeBSD, and nearly stuck with that, I tried Arch, and I used that for a good while, and I came to Gentoo. What was this... It's like Arch, but it's more flexible, hmm...I installed it. After 3 excruciating weeks of getting my system right, It was installed. So I get online, and what do I see: Slackware 9.1 has been released! I thought for a moment about the work I put into getting Gentoo installed, said "fsck it", and installed 9.1.

So, while it may not have been one's typical intro to the Linux world and to Slackware, it was mine, and that is the reason I am going to vote for Slackware.


Goddess, I'm a talky bastard, aren't I?
 
Old 12-12-2003, 11:25 AM   #185
dave_starsky
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My vote goes to SuSE, the only distro which I could get to work properly with my machine
 
Old 12-12-2003, 04:59 PM   #186
techchiq
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I voted RH but I'm using Pink Tie 9 which is an RH9 clone. There are just SO many distro's out there! I can see where Slackware would be ahead. I've used it and actually like it. But it's a bit harder to set up, especially hardware compatibility (at least, it was the case for me when trying Slackware 8). I Opted for an RH based distro because it's easier to set up, and it detected all my hardware. Peripherals such as printer, scanner and digital camera were also easily set up in the RH based distro I use. I guess that's why it got my vote this time. I'm hoping to experiment in the future more with Slackware and LFS (Linux From Scratch) if I'm up to it. With RH's new changes, I don't like the scheme around Fedora (doesn't fit me, especially the rather fast End of Life occurrances), I am looking into a more source-based distro.
 
Old 12-12-2003, 06:01 PM   #187
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Wonder how many distros there will be at end of 2004, compared to now.

Started with Knoppix, to get a look at what all the fuss about Linux was. Loved the look of it, then tried SuSE 8.0, problems.......tried Debian, quite liked that but didn't have enough experience - switched back to SuSE, virtually all problems solved with 8.2, but now having seen the pretty GUI, I am investigating what can be done from the shell, and wow that opens the mind as to where we are going with GUI this and that, when single line commands can do so much:-

Bru backup/restore. Rip, encode, burn. Etc etc, possibilities endless.

Amazing Linux. TGFL (Thank God for Linux).

I suddenly realized there is no use for the other o/s in my systems anymore.

That's just such a great feeling, out with the old in with the "relatively" new.

Now I have been reading Slackware Linux - Back to basics:-

http://www.distrowatch.com/dwres.php...view-slackware

From this review I learnt how to effectively get at the CUPS printing system,
amongst other things.

Maybe I am going to try Slackware out. I like what I read in this article and just maybe I should have started out with such a Linux, which would force me to learn from the command line, and X, rather than taking the GUI easy way out.

The command line in Linux is certainly very powerful, this is going to be fun.

Last edited by buttersoft; 12-13-2003 at 06:03 AM.
 
Old 12-13-2003, 03:59 PM   #188
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Wonder how many distros there will be at end of 2004, compared to now.
Interestingly, there's been a recent acknowledgement at Distrowatch at the growth of distro submissions to its site - apparently, around 3-4 new distros are submitted every week - something for everyone.. exciting times ahead .......
 
Old 12-14-2003, 02:09 PM   #189
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In all seriousness, can I nominate Microsoft Windows? Okay, you don't have to throw the rotten fruit that hard! I can take a hint!
 
Old 12-14-2003, 02:45 PM   #190
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You must be f. joking or just plain mad. Yes nominate it if you like. Stick with it for all I care.
 
Old 12-14-2003, 03:56 PM   #191
Atmchicago
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Windows is not a Linux distro, so it doesn't fit into this. It can be your favorite OS, but not distro. Mac OSX is a bit different because it's based on BSD, whic has a few distros.
 
Old 12-14-2003, 05:45 PM   #192
randomblast
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Cruxus: why?
windoze is rubbish.
i'm on my dads Xp box now, which is effectively 4 times faster than my box, but my box feels twice as fast.

Skyline: why are you looking forward to 3.2?
i have the Beta 2 and it's fine, kdm is broken for me, but that's the only bug i've encountered
 
Old 12-15-2003, 05:20 PM   #193
THEHERO
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I have tried RedHat 9 / Fedora / and Slackware 9.1 and Slackware is the winner by far. I would have to agree with what most people say about slack. It forces you to learn. I have learned more within a few days of using it than I had with any other distro. The only problem i had was with upgrading my system with swaret and it updated the kernel and alsa so my soundblaster live card would not work so i reinstalled it and just made my security tighter and didn't upgrade.
 
Old 12-15-2003, 05:23 PM   #194
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Cruxus: why?
windoze is rubbish.
i'm on my dads Xp box now, which is effectively 4 times faster than my box, but my box feels twice as fast.


Linux is faster if it is configured right.
 
Old 12-15-2003, 05:56 PM   #195
trickykid
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Originally posted by Cruxus
In all seriousness, can I nominate Microsoft Windows? Okay, you don't have to throw the rotten fruit that hard! I can take a hint!
The award is for best Distirbution of the year, Microsoft is disqualified since its not a Linux Distribution. I failed to see the award to be for best OS of the year as this is mainly a Linux site, were not going to have awards for Windows or even some of the other OS's currently out there.

Regards.
 
  


 


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