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Poll: wich do you perfer yo use, mainstream or minimal distro to start with
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wich do you perfer yo use, mainstream or minimal distro to start with

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mainstream (red hat, mandrake, arch, debian, slackware, etc)
minimal (bare basic system)

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Old 02-02-2004, 10:28 AM   #1
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wich distro type do you have?


wich is better, main stream or minimal? perosnaly i use minimal for 2 reasons , windows IE couldent dl any iso over 400-500 mb, (debian was curpt when i installed it on a laptop so i wiped it out in fear more tehn jsut x was bad)
2) i use a i586 laptop, so bigger isint realy better
 
Old 02-02-2004, 10:53 AM   #2
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dude you didnt even vote on your own poll. to shame.

i have debian and fedora on computers here. fedora wassnt my choice cos its not my computer that said i like it. i use debian because the computer i put it on is a 486 with a really small HD and debian im informed (havent tried it on anything less) can work on pretty much any setup. which is strangly simular to why you dont use it :P

ps: what does "in fear more tehn jsut x was bad" mean?

have fun.
Ben.
 
Old 02-02-2004, 11:02 AM   #3
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eh i thought i 4got somthing, thx for reminding me

and it mean that xf86 was bad, somting about a corupt file during install and i thought other fiels could have been installed that were bad so i zero'ed by HD and tryed LFS, wich didint install cuse i was a root user, so i used core linux sence then (the same distro i used first, and failed to boot, cuse i was a coplete newb)

man i talk to much when it gets to be morning, must be all teh tea i drink, well good morning, and im going to bed cuse i like to sleep in teh day
 
Old 02-02-2004, 11:08 AM   #4
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yeah its 5am here your prolly gone but i do wish you a good morning also.
 
Old 02-02-2004, 04:57 PM   #5
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Main stream until I am comfortable enough with Linux until I can create my own version...
 
Old 02-02-2004, 11:59 PM   #6
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It's not a matter of which is better but rather which is right for the person. Personally, I use RedHat 9.0 and I'll probably upgrade to Fedora eventually. I use my Linux desktop to surf the net, read emails, and write papers. With the power and speed of current desktops, it's impractical for me to spend time installing a system like Gentoo or LFS.
 
Old 02-03-2004, 03:24 AM   #7
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Hmmm, mainstream vs minimal. But an non-main stream disto need not to be minimal! I have an non-mainstream distro (LFS). For now it's very minimal (since I just finshed installing it yesterday) but it won't be in a few weeks time. So I can't vote on your poll.
Sorry, your poll does not make sense.
 
Old 02-03-2004, 04:03 AM   #8
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i tryed lfs, aparently i could be root so it dident build right and erred out when i recompiled, and im not gonna make another user just to compile things , but by minimal i do mean what was the distro you started with? (mainstream distros tend to have usless apps that will enver get used at all while minimal has just want you wnat/need and not realy much else)
 
Old 02-03-2004, 06:28 AM   #9
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don't forget that a main stream distro can also be minimal. all you have to do is install and downsize. that is what i did with debian. i didn't install all 7 cd's i just installed the first one and then removed what i didn't want and installed what i did want. there for i will say mine is minimal even thought it goes with your mainstream.
 
Old 02-03-2004, 09:52 AM   #10
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most minimal of all, custom.
 
Old 02-04-2004, 02:39 PM   #11
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I believe RH9 and FC1 had a specific setting for "minimal". I'm not sure what that is since I have never installed it that way.

Well, I am tempted to use minimal, but then I think. Well... I guess I need at least vi and bash and apache... then what fun would apache be without php? Then.... after a few hours, I end up selecting most standard packages anyways. Oh well.
 
Old 02-04-2004, 08:10 PM   #12
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i always thought minimal ment the dl size of the .iso file was less then 200mb max, owell
 
Old 02-04-2004, 09:31 PM   #13
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Since I knew I was gonna have to get a CD version, I had to go partly mainstream. and I had to choose one that will run with just 64 Megs RAM. But I can adapt to any OS, even doz
Can't yet say which I prefer til I have tried minimal.

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Old 02-06-2004, 12:42 PM   #14
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I upgrade my system piece by piece (compiling from source). Eventually, it will not be recognizable as a Red Hat system.
 
Old 02-06-2004, 01:59 PM   #15
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Typing this from Slack 9.1 with my new Creative ex/serial modem - variously using Slack9.1/FedoraCore1/Mandr9.2/Vec3.2SOHO - currently must be mainstream
 
  


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