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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%
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Old 12-26-2003, 01:53 AM   #211
jimscafe
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I tried early Mandrake (6 something) Red Hat 7 and never could make the migration from Windows, but now I have Suse 9.2 - I hardly ever use Windows and I am starting to really appreciate Linux - so Suse for me - but in one years time who knows (also very nervous that Novell have bought Suse - didn't like Novell when the controlled PC based networks)
 
Old 12-26-2003, 10:25 AM   #212
little_ball
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Hello, first when i enter here I vote for Mandrake, because in that time i only have used redhat, mandrake, suse thinks like that, very pretty, very easy, a lot of cute little install and remove packages. But i Have 1 week that decide to install Slackware 9.1 I was chock of surprise it was a little buggy for me to install it, very harder so instead of uninstalling slackware from mi Box, i decide to learn how to configure X window (is a little hard for someone who has only tried friendly distros you know) so at the end of 2 days of tried, I made it, and have my Box running perfectly the slackware distro. Slack isn,t very friendly at all, it makes me learn what i,m doing. that,s why I'm loving it, if you people learn how to manage Linux whit commands lines, you can manage all Linux distros, because they all are different but they all use the same configure command line, I rather now give my vote to Slackware not because Mandrake it,s bad, it isn,t but i found Slack more stable, more secure, less Buggy, more faster and more learning that mandrake do. So My final distro is Slackware, the first distro is the best distro.

Excuse my English spelling, it could be bad.

Last edited by little_ball; 12-26-2003 at 10:28 AM.
 
Old 12-26-2003, 08:38 PM   #213
G24
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Gentoo, is the best for me.
 
Old 12-28-2003, 11:07 AM   #214
rmanocha
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i dont know why so many people love slackware...i mean i installed it and yea i agree that it is clean...gives u a lot of control and yeah is fast too but i definitely think debian i smuch better.
there are a couple of reasons for this.
firstly slackware everytime on startup looked for a pcmcia card on my dekstop...so i had to remove that script and recompile the kernel to lose all pcmcia compatibility....then it took like 5 or 6 seconds to get an IP through DHCP which never happened with my debian install....
but then again the main problem with debian is configuring X which is a total bitch....but other that that one problem i think debian is great espcially because of apt-get....i think apt is the the best peice of software written ever after the linux kernel.
well i hope someone can explain to me why people love slackware so much....i have it currently installed but i will almost surely remove it for either debian or gentoo.
well all u slack lovers let me know why i should keep this slackware on my Hard disk
 
Old 12-28-2003, 02:26 PM   #215
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Hi, my reason why i,m loving so much slackware instead of other distros are for his stability, faster, more upgrade and efficiency, I have already used distros like, Mandrake, Suse, Knoppix, Redhat even Debian. why i din,t like debian ok is very cool the apt-get stuff but have the problem of the dependencies for example if you download glibc Debian apt-get could uninstall 20 more archives that you need, and when upgrading packages sometimes i restart my box and wao my mouse didn,t work or my keyboard. Debian comes whit old stuff, don,t tell me that is because new things are unstably maybe they are, but Slackware comes whit them and works very fine and is not so vulnerable, but old things are vulnerable that,s why they create new thing less vulnerable than the old ones. and debian have apt-get so??? Slackware have slapt-get and swaret work the same way than apt-get even better because you could deactivate the stuff of dependencies problems. I have and old box slow processor 300 Mhz and whit other distro my box work like a turtle including whit Debian, but whit slackware is like flash other people who have used slack more than me i,m beginning using it will give you better features than I but by now i love slack more than others.

And another thing, you,re complaining about the pcmia stuff and dhcp stuff of the kernel of slackware, you don,t have to recompile the kernel again to delete those features thats why exist pkgtool i uninstall those features in there, and the kernel never check for them anymore, this is just amazing and a blast, my vote again for slackware.

Last edited by little_ball; 12-28-2003 at 02:29 PM.
 
Old 12-28-2003, 05:12 PM   #216
rmanocha
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well i agree that debian installs a lot of software to solve dependencies but then you dont run into any future problems...i mean if u dont solve those dpeendencies then what happens...next time u try to use glibc or watever it is u installed u will run into problems of missing libraries or something of the same effect.
i agree that slackware is fast....it was considerably faster than any of the other distros i installed on my machine...but that is only on boot up....after that it runs pretty much the same as any other distribution.
another problem with slackware is finding precompiled binaries. i mean u find tons of rpm's, a few less .debs and hardly ne .tgz's. i dont know much about swaret so i will not go about discussing it...maybe it comes close to debians apt-get but then the amount of packages available for debian exceeds any other distribution or package management software including Red-Hat.
hence i still stick by my idea that debian is better...maybe i am just being ignorant or arrogant but if that is the case...can someone please correct me 'cause (no offense little_ball)the reasons give by little_ball just dont convince me that slacware is infact better than debian.
any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 12-28-2003, 06:53 PM   #217
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Why do you want a reason that Slackware is better than Debian? If you like Debian there is nothing wrong with that. Atleast you aren't saying you like Windoze. I am just thrilled to hear of new linux users....what difference does the distro make? That is the beauty of linux....it gives us freedom of choice. In my opinion as long as you got root you are stylin'!
 
Old 12-28-2003, 11:05 PM   #218
little_ball
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wait wait rmanocha I,m not trying to argue about that you use debian, if you love it, stay whit it, I just give you my reasons why i don,t use debian. but that doesn,t mean that i use slackware because is better than debian, i just don,t like debian that,s all. if i wheren,t using slackware now probably i will be using mandrake or suse, but not debian because of the reason i have give to you. But i respect that you love debian, and i respect all the people who love debian, maybe it didn,t work for me, but that doesn,t mean that don,t work for others, my boyfriend used debian and he love it, i respect him for that. There are too many distros for all of us, people just decide which one is the best for them.
 
Old 12-29-2003, 09:33 AM   #219
Ciccio
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Vote all you want... but Mandrake is MY PRECIOUSSSSSS MINE MY OWN!
 
Old 12-29-2003, 04:53 PM   #220
Joey.Dale
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I'm just another happy slacker
 
Old 01-02-2004, 01:56 AM   #221
sxa
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My vote to Fedora.. which is the first thing so far I voted for, where my choice was not the winning vote...
 
Old 01-03-2004, 03:52 AM   #222
krussell
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Definitely Slackware 9.1, no doubt about it.
 
Old 01-03-2004, 03:24 PM   #223
Eydan
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Slackware 9.1....Why??
Because is fast, secure, solid, not is perfect, but im learn LINUX much more fast than other distros, im use before Lindows 4.0, Mandrake, Red Hat, and finally Slackware.
Sorry my english
 
Old 01-04-2004, 02:20 AM   #224
sxa
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Fedora offers all of that, so I have no reason to try slackware..
 
Old 01-04-2004, 10:26 AM   #225
guygriffiths
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Fedora doesn't teach you a lot about Linux though (or at least RedHat didn't)
 
  


 


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