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Old 12-05-2003, 10:11 PM   #1
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Dam theres a lot of Linux Distros


I am looking for a distro to replace RH and sheesh theres alot
http://www.linux.org/dist/list.html
 
Old 12-05-2003, 11:02 PM   #2
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Check out Slackware

Check out www.slackware.com It's the oldest distibution that doesn't complicate things. Lots of people will tell you why it's great; it all boils down to that most people that give Slackware an honest chance really like it. And no, it's not as hard as some people would have you believe.
 
Old 12-05-2003, 11:29 PM   #3
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Or check out distrowatch:
http://www.distrowatch.com/index.php

Good info on each distro and their home page, download sites, etc.
 
Old 12-05-2003, 11:40 PM   #4
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Re: Check out Slackware

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Originally posted by Nis
Check out www.slackware.com It's the oldest distibution that doesn't complicate things. Lots of people will tell you why it's great; it all boils down to that most people that give Slackware an honest chance really like it. And no, it's not as hard as some people would have you believe.
Yea, tried to download the iso`s once but i didnt understand the install process, I think I still have them on cd`s somewhere but i really want to try Slack, Gentoo or one of the smaller ones like peanut or DSL.
 
Old 12-05-2003, 11:41 PM   #5
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Originally posted by twilli227
Or check out distrowatch:
http://www.distrowatch.com/index.php

Good info on each distro and their home page, download sites, etc.
Yes, this is the site i was looking for, i remember browsing it about 6 months ago but i have so many darn favorites that are not categorized. Thanks.
 
Old 12-06-2003, 05:50 AM   #6
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DSL is fun, not really to install to anything, its only a 120Mb image compressed to 50 using the Knoppix cloop module... its got a lot of weird stuff in it that's only there because it has such a small footprint, like the dillo browser or the tinyvnc client. Although really when you're done you just need to move the dpkg.tar.gz file onto there and then you've basically got a very very very small debian install with a hand compiled framebuffering X-server.

Its fun to remaster DSL though...

To name a few more: Debian, obviously... LFS if you want to learn how its all really put together, and of course the BSDs are all important to learn too.

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 12-06-2003, 06:23 PM   #7
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Slackware and Gentoo both look good. I'm going to do the switch.
 
Old 12-06-2003, 06:42 PM   #8
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BajaNick,
No doubt you have seen me suggest dual or multi-boot rather than a "switch".
While 80-90% of what comes with any distro is the same, that doesn't mean you can't knock yourself out over the differences. Suse and Mandrake would be the more direct cousins to Red Hat. The same (and better) as far as including java, shockwave, acrobat reader, open office, etc... But beware, the administration tools are not the same at all.
If you are feeling adventurous, Debian and Slack are both really nice, but you better feel okay at the command line, doing some RTFM, and manual configuration.
There are lots of other choices.
Why not install one or two on a multi-boot and see which fits best?
Good Luck.
 
Old 12-06-2003, 07:10 PM   #9
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Don't forget to look at Vector http://www.vectorlinux.com/ especially if you're thinking of trying Slackware one day.
 
Old 12-06-2003, 07:24 PM   #10
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Get a man a beer, he drinks for 5 minutes.
Show him where they are, he drinks all damn day.
Is that why my refrigerator is empty? Damn!
http://www.arrogantbastard.com/db2003/index.html
 
Old 12-06-2003, 07:31 PM   #11
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BajaNick,
No doubt you have seen me suggest dual or multi-boot rather than a "switch".
While 80-90% of what comes with any distro is the same, that doesn't mean you can't knock yourself out over the differences. Suse and Mandrake would be the more direct cousins to Red Hat. The same (and better) as far as including java, shockwave, acrobat reader, open office, etc... But beware, the administration tools are not the same at all.
If you are feeling adventurous, Debian and Slack are both really nice, but you better feel okay at the command line, doing some RTFM, and manual configuration.
There are lots of other choices.
Why not install one or two on a multi-boot and see which fits best?
Good Luck.
Yes thats a good idea. I have a whole other computer that has much better hardware in it than what RH9 is on now. I tried to just move the HD over and it didnt work, I got some darn swap file problem and it kept rebooting. Im gonna install something on the newer system and give it a try, ill still have RH9 on this machine. I saw suse at compusa but i dont know much about it. Of course ive heard of it but i dont know anything about it. Im gonna do a google. Thanks.
 
Old 12-06-2003, 07:39 PM   #12
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Moving the hard drive can work for straight terminal stuff but will usually fail if more is involved.
It could possibly work if you change to boot to terminal run level (3?) and reconfigure video and sound on the new system.
 
  


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