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Old 04-04-2004, 09:59 AM   #1
shart121
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Debian, Slackware vs. Gentoo which would you suggest?


Currently I am running Gentoo 1.4 but am not realy satisfied with it. For the most part i'm not all that thrilled with the distro its self but i'm in love with portage (I've used FreeBSD too and also like Ports). I'm willing to change though apt looks pretty good but I still like compiling things from source. I have narrowed my search down to Slackware and Debian. I like to compile my packages from source. Debian does give me some ability to do this with apt but from other reading I have done it says it won't handle dependencies unless I use pre-compiled binaries. Which of these distro's would you recomend?

If my hardware influences your recomendation here it is. I own an IBM eServer xSeries 220. It has a single pentium III 933Mhz (hoping to match it or get dual 1.0Ghz ones some time in the distant future). 256Mb of RAM (1Gb on the way). Pair of SCSI 160 HDDs that are 9.1Gb (10k RPM drives ) and another pair which are 18Gb (only 7.2k RPM drives ). The machine also has an onboard NIC and I added another 3Com one.

Just a little more about what I'm looking for. I want a fast distrobution that is also stable. I am willing to sacrifice some speed for more stability and security. This machine is going to be a server but also has to be able to double as my regular machine. I don't do anything fancy with my stuff. Just browse the net for more linux stuff etc..., write reports for school, nothing too demanding.

So what do recomend?
 
Old 04-04-2004, 10:47 AM   #2
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try them all, and decide what is best for YOU, we can't make
that decision........this is what linux is all about.......what works
best for each individual........
 
Old 04-04-2004, 11:54 AM   #3
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I am thinking about getting rid of gentoo myself and stick to compiling apps.Why don't you try sorcerer,sourcemage,rubix and rocklinux and report back how that went?Would save me some time
 
Old 04-05-2004, 06:31 PM   #4
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lol, right now i'm trying debian. and i like it! plus apt has super cow powers
 
Old 04-05-2004, 06:49 PM   #5
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Here's what you need to do. Get the box upgraded first, within a week or so is soon enough. Box it up and send it to me. I'll try all 3 distros and let you know which one works the best. Have to tell ya, I'm kind of partial to Slackware. But I'll run anything on it you want me to.
 
Old 04-08-2004, 12:27 AM   #6
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What exactly didn't you like about Gentoo? I've been running it for quite a while and would never use anything else. But if you want to switch I would say go with Debian. My Slackware experience a nightmare and very short lived.
Just my 2 cents.
 
Old 04-08-2004, 04:38 AM   #7
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Too late to send a box.Only got one laptop left at the moment and I'll need that one.Probably have to try it myself.Thanks for the offer anyway ;-)

I used gentoo from version 0.9 or so and had the feeling for a while that things are getting flaky.Wouldn't care on my home box but can't have that at work.Almost every time I get gcc updated things break badly.When openssl 0.9.7 first came out it broke about everything on my box because it wasn't backwards compatible and portage didn't take care of it.The first stable ebuild of gnome 2.4 (me thinks) was a desaster and the install doc's get worse by the hour.
It's just not looking like things are getting better but worse.Just install some unstable packages on a stable box (like xfree) and try to upgrade world without the unstables getting downgraded with the info in the portage doc's.
Looks to me like gentoo is getting too many things done at the same time without checking them out thorougly.Didn't upgrade a thing on this box since I installed it because I am just scared to death whats going to happen - when I upgraded my home box that thing went completely out of whack and still is since I just don't have the time to fix it.
 
Old 08-28-2004, 09:58 AM   #8
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If you've compiled enough source to have the "neatness" factor worn off, Slackware is awesome. It's package management is a breeze and the slack community keeps packages up to date. If you value your time, as I do, you can't beat slack.
 
  


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