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Ten Reasons for Trying SimplyMepis has turned into Ten Reasons for Staying with SimplyMepis. And Debian has to get my second vote (if I had one), because Mepis is built on it. By the way I also run Mandrake, Suse, and Fedora. And I've recently eliminated from my drives Slackware and Ubuntu. Mepis is simply the best.
I went from Mandrake to RH to Slack to Knoppix to Arch, and I keep on returning to Arch. It just works. There aren't any GUI tools, but the simple /etc files beat the the simplicity of Slackware by a lot. Oh, and it's by far the fastest I've tried LFS or Gentoo....but belum....for you all you Indonesian speakers out there. Are there any? hehe
I am using slackware and I am quite happy about it.
Slackware's installer is perfect for my PC. It's quite friendly for people who have to change/tweak the configurations. linuxpackages offer common packages so most of the time I don't have to compile. The packages dependence is usually easy to solve. Compile/makepkg is usually smooth, too. Slackware is very comfortable for me.
I used too many hours to hack/tweak many things but I still can't make it simple enough for friends. It's stable but not perfect. There are still some i18n issues that I can't solve. Slackware 10 has more fonts/i18n problems than old versions.
So, I won't vote this year. (I have no time to try others distros. Mepis, ubuntu, fedora are progressing and I know nothing about them. It wouldn't fair without comparison)
Fedora - because I'm a lazy bastard and just want
tons of good software right from the get go.
None of this "workstation install", "server install"
or whatnot. Nope. I want everything they packed
into those 3 CDs! I want the asian character support that
I'll never use, and more servers, clients, and programming
languages/environments than I'd be able to learn in a lifetime.
Honestly, between all command line and X programs,
it's like getting a new toy evey day. I still haven't come
close to trying everything I got.
Are there other distros that give you a huge mountain
of software like that from the initial install? I'd consider
giving any a try that meet this criteria.
I'm kind of tempted by the ease of package management
I hear about in debian (that'll probably the next distro I try), but
for the time being, rpm-ing and compiling have worked for me on the
rare occasion that what I wanted wasn't already there.
I used to use Mandrake and really loved it, didn't like the changes to support structure ( I go way back -- version 6).
I wanted something that everyone seems to make sure their product works with and the Redhat name always comes up (just read this thread). This points to something standardized and consistent or at least something people compare what they ae doing with.
So I jumped right in the middle of where everyone is looking: Fedora Core 3 on my personal systems and Redhat Enterprise 3 on my webservers..