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Old 08-15-2005, 06:00 PM   #1
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my choice for best Linux distribution


As a newbie who has used Linux actively for about two months, I have tried only four distributions--Mandrake, Debian (briefly), Xandros and Knoppix. My time is split about evenly between Mandrake and Xandros, but so far, the only one that I really like is Knoppix. I like the start menu (or whatever we call it in Linux) design, which I find straightforward and uncomplicated (if bland--but who cares? it's a menu, not a piece of food). But I just noticed something that put it over the top, and settled it as my favorite distribution: for some reason, it's faster than Xandros or Mandrake. Xandros is so bloody slow that its applications often take a good five seconds to start for me (esp. Xandros File Manager); Mandrake is a little faster, but still slow. Knoppix is able to run Konqueror almost instantaneously; this is, of course, the CD version, so I was amazed. A more experienced Linux user told me that dynamic linking(sic?) is responsible for making the applications run slowly; perhaps Knoppix doesn't use any of that? In any case, this Knoppix disc that I just burned today wowed me with its speed on top of other things. (I believe it wasn't even the most current ISO, but the one before it.)

Knoppix forever! I would install this distribution on my HD, but several people have told me that the HD version is a work in progress and is problematic.
 
Old 08-15-2005, 06:20 PM   #2
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You have not tried Mepis or Ubuntu. They are both based from Debian, as well as Knoppix. I personally like the Slax(LiveCD), Vector(newbish), Slackware(base) line, as you can see Slackware under Distribution below my nick.
 
Old 08-15-2005, 06:22 PM   #3
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I'd like to try Slackware, but from talking to people here, I understand what it demands, and I don't have the patience.
 
Old 08-15-2005, 06:29 PM   #4
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You have not tried Mepis or Ubuntu. They are both based from Debian, as well as Knoppix.
Mepis and Ubuntu are both Debian-based, but only Mepis is Knoppix-based. If you like Knoppix so much, I'd recommend Mepis.
 
Old 08-15-2005, 06:31 PM   #5
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Yeah, I remember. You can take it at your pace e.g. "This weekend I will try to configure X Window System", "This weekend I will try to configure CUPS", "This weekend I will try to configure ALSA", etc... You can always ask questions here if you have some trouble. It really helps if you have an old experimental box. Still, install Mepis or Ubuntu for your hard drive if you do not think you will have the time.
 
Old 06-29-2011, 01:28 AM   #6
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mepis rocks

Mepis has many tools for those who like to tinker, but you'll need to add multimedia codecs. It has a few more bells and whistles then knoppix and runs well on a wide variety of hardware.
 
Old 06-29-2011, 04:03 AM   #7
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But I just noticed something that put it over the top, and settled it as my favorite distribution: for some reason, it's faster than Xandros or Mandrake. Xandros is so bloody slow that its applications often take a good five seconds to start for me (esp. Xandros File Manager); Mandrake is a little faster, but still slow. Knoppix is able to run Konqueror almost instantaneously; this is, of course, the CD version, so I was amazed. A more experienced Linux user told me that dynamic linking(sic?) is responsible for making the applications run slowly; perhaps Knoppix doesn't use any of that? In any case, this Knoppix disc that I just burned today wowed me with its speed on top of other things. (I believe it wasn't even the most current ISO, but the one before it.)
You are running a Live CD; Knoppix is created to run as a Live CD, and is optimised for that purpose, for the others, the Live CD is more of a 'proof of concept'; 'try this to get a feel for what the system will be like when you install it'.

Running a Live CD will always impact speed, but I'd bet that Knoppix is impacted less by this than the others.I think that this has more to do with how the distro uses the data on disk, probably unionfs is Knoppix's case (at least I think I remember this...I don't take that much notice of Knoppix these days and I could easily have misremembered this).

if you really want speed, I'd go away from the Live CD approach, but if you are happy with what you've got, there is no need to change.
 
Old 06-29-2011, 06:39 AM   #8
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Oooh, zombie thread has risen from the grave. Every post up to and including post #5 was written in 2005 and, since then, Linux has moved on in a big way. I am closing this as the initial assumptions are wrong when viewed today.
 
  


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