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Whats the most standardized version of linux? One thing thats annoying about different distros of linux, is many things are not in the same locations, or are configured the same way from distro to distro. When im trying to learn something new, i have to look for how to do something specifically for that distro. So what id like to do, is use a distro that when i learn something on it, i can in most(many) situations, use that same process on a different distribution.
The Slackware Philosophy
Since its first release in April of 1993, the Slackware Linux Project has aimed at producing the most "UNIX-like" Linux distribution out there. Slackware complies with the published Linux standards, such as the Linux File System Standard. We have always considered simplicity and stability paramount, and as a result Slackware has become one of the most popular, stable, and friendly distributions available.
In my opinion, the title of the thread, in combination with the quote
Whats the most standardized version of linux? One thing thats annoying about different distros of linux, is many things are not in the same locations, or are configured the same way from distro to distro.
suggests that the OP is looking for ... the most standardized distribution of Linux... because (as I found), using 'the most standardized distribution of Linux' is the only way to learn what Linux does.
If you buy a general Linux book (as opposed to a book that specifically tells you about RedHat or Suse)-- if you're using RedHat or Suse, the book is almost worthless, because RedHat, SuSE, Mandriva, and even my beloved Gentoo (not to mention Debian), all deviate from the Unix standard.
Slackware does not.
If you buy a book, or read a general how-to, and it says, "to do thus-and-so, go to /etc/whatever, and edit whatever.conf," under Slack, the file will be named "whatever.conf", and you will find it in /etc/whatever. Because Slack is standard. Under Fedora Core, the file may be named somethingelse.conf, and found in /etc/not/whatever-- it will be found, somewhere, but it will be found and named something that the Fedora Core/SuSE/Mandriva/Gentoo/Debian dev team changed from the standard, which is confusing to people.
My understanding of the question is that the OP is looking to gain the foundational skills of using Linux, after which (s)he can learn the variations--- and if you want the standard foundational skills, then Slack is the place to get them. I can honestly say that I couldn't use Gentoo today if I hadn't used Slack first-- it gave me the basic skills to not be completely at sea, and the confidence to recognize that I was capable of understanding and managing Gentoo.
Because of my experience, that was my understanding of the question, and since Slackware had worked for me for a purpose that seemed awful similar to what the OP was trying to accomplish, I recommended it to the OP.