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Old 11-06-2005, 11:51 PM   #1
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Most standardized distribution of linux


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.
 
Old 11-07-2005, 12:14 AM   #2
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I am biased towards Debian.
This choice has come from several years' experimentation
mostly because of issues like this.
Distros like Mandrake, Redhat, TurboLinux, Gentoo...etc all had their
advantages, but (apart from Gentoo) fell by UberNut69's wayside.
You may care to read documents like these:
http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/
http://www.debian.org/social_contract
 
Old 11-07-2005, 12:35 AM   #3
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Contradiction in terms.

Anybody doesn't like every-one else' standard(s), go create your own distro, and make your own standards ...

Such is a byproduct of choice.
 
Old 11-07-2005, 12:40 AM   #4
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Heh, play with NetBSD then
 
Old 11-07-2005, 01:09 AM   #5
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Even Debian does things its own way i.e. not standardised. Just pick a distro you like and use it because they all do some things differently to others.
 
Old 11-07-2005, 03:02 AM   #6
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or specify standards and force the distributors to accept and follow...;-)
 
Old 11-07-2005, 03:04 AM   #7
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Slackware is supposed to be as close to unix as you can get.
 
Old 11-07-2005, 05:18 AM   #8
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I must also say that if you're looking for 'bog-standard', Slackware is the distro to get.
 
Old 11-07-2005, 05:23 AM   #9
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Come on guys!
Lift your game!
At least I provided links to support my case ...
sell your beliefs with fervour! (If you're game)

(Note for the easily offended: I've spent all day in the sun and had a few beers )
 
Old 11-07-2005, 05:50 AM   #10
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http://www.slackware.org/info/

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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.
Happy now ?
 
Old 11-07-2005, 06:01 AM   #11
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What the hell does that have to do with the OPs request ???.
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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.
I get sick to death of all the pontificating about Slack.

And yes, I do have a current Slack installation.
 
Old 11-07-2005, 06:15 AM   #12
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In my opinion, the title of the thread, in combination with the quote
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.

Wasn't aware that anyone was 'pontificating'.
 
Old 11-07-2005, 06:20 AM   #13
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Quote:
Originally posted by motub
http://www.slackware.org/info/
Happy now ?
Yes, beer tastes even better now Thanks.

Not quite as verbose as the Debian equivalent, though!

Quote:
Originally posted by syg00
What the hell does that have to do with the OPs request ???
I get sick to death of all the pontificating about Slack.
And yes, I do have a current Slack installation.
Congratulations, read the subject line and take a good dose of *BSD before bed.
Translation: suck it up
 
Old 11-07-2005, 06:23 AM   #14
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Slackware: 2
Debian: 1
others: nil
 
Old 11-07-2005, 06:23 AM   #15
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Whoa, you must type fast...

Who cares if Slack is close to Unix - if the OP can't use what s/he learns easily on other distros, the request is unfulfilled.

The "pontifical" comment wasn't specific (or personal) - nor am I about to retract it.
 
  


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