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This must mean that fedora is a pretty good distro for a hardcore technical person. You obviously can't get more technical than the guy who wrote the kernel.
So what I was wondering was why some people use more "core" distros like slackware, arch, gentoo, centos, debian, etc which are less user friendly than distros like fedora and opensuse?
I want to know purely out of curiosity. If you do not like this thread/question, please remember than you have the freedom to go ahead and ignore it.
You know, "someone I admire uses it" is not generally a good criterion to base a technical decision on.
Choosing a tool because someone you admire uses it—and expecting results like theirs—is like buying the type of guitar Jimi Hendrix played and hoping to fill Madison Square Garden next week. (Giveaway: “All the cool kids use ACME product.”)
I use Slackware, but I started using said distro before I began to admire Pat Volkerding .
As far as I'm concerned Slackware is user friendly, and I use Slackware because it does not get in my way of doing things, it doesn't try to automatic or be overtly complicated. That to me seems like a good example of what user friendly should be defined as.
Yes but what is it that these core distros offer than more mainstream distros can't offer?
A n00b like me has no way of knowing. I'm just curious.
Well is there something that these 'core' distros don't offer? What exactly is it then?
I can use my 'core' distro (Slackware) as a desktop as well as any Ubuntu, Fedora, Suse, etc user can.
What does core distros offer that mainstream ones don't? A good trouble free working system. Lets see exactly how Ubuntu or Fedora stacks up against a core distro such as Slackware, or for that matter Debian?
Of course you have a way of knowing. You can install one of those distros and try it out.
I'm basically a ubuntu/mint user. I tried fedora the other day and that was a distro which was hard for me to use. It took over an hour just to get my wireless adapter to work. With ubuntu, all I have to do is go to "hardware devices" and click on a button. Fedora doesn't even have a "hardware devices".
I can't imagine how I would go about using something like slackware.