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Old 04-29-2013, 07:01 AM   #1
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New distro picker at Tux Radar


The folks at Tux Radar have created a distro picker for those trying to decide which distro to use:

http://tuxradar.com/content/distro-picker-0

My results:

1) Slackware
2) Gentoo
3) Arch

...and so on.

Spot on!
 
Old 04-29-2013, 07:58 AM   #2
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Thanks for the alert!

It picked Arch for me, but that's probably because I chose pacman as the package tool. I might play around with this tool a bit more later to see how it compares with other distro pickers.
 
Old 04-29-2013, 09:01 AM   #3
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Thanks for the alert!

It picked Arch for me, but that's probably because I chose pacman as the package tool. I might play around with this tool a bit more later to see how it compares with other distro pickers.
Yeah, I would imagine Pacman would lean the results toward Arch, just as Portage would to Gentoo, etc. I chose "Don't care" for package management, which I suppose would skew the results toward Slackware.
 
Old 04-29-2013, 09:26 AM   #4
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Yeah, my guess would be that most new Linux users looking for their first distro would have no idea what package manager they would want, so maybe they should create a "package manager chooser" as well.
 
Old 04-29-2013, 09:54 AM   #5
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Yeah, my guess would be that most new Linux users looking for their first distro would have no idea what package manager they would want, so maybe they should create a "package manager chooser" as well.
That's a good point, that I hadn't considered. A complete newbie coming from Windows or Mac OSX might rightly say "What the hell is a package manager?" I was just explaining to a Mac user the other day the concept of package management/system updates in Linux vs. Windows and OSX, and how when you update software in Linux, everything is updated, not just OS-specific software, as is the case with Windows and OSX. They thought that was pretty cool, and made a lot of sense.
 
Old 04-29-2013, 11:54 AM   #6
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It seems to rate packaging very highly, compared to GUI and stability. I selected rpm + Xfce/Mate + stable. Of the distros I use, it suggested CentOS (which doesn't actually have Xfce or Mate) but not Salix: rpm obviously clinched it.

The choice of things to include is odd: the lovely Mepis is out but the rubbishy aLinux is in.
 
Old 04-29-2013, 03:46 PM   #7
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Your TuxRadar distro match is Netrunner
Linux Format says:
It's a major surprise that this distro lies so low in DistroWatch's popularity table. If you haven't heard of it, think of Netrunner as Ubuntu without Unity. Netrunner is based on Kubuntu, but that doesn't mean it's just another Ubuntu-based distro that has slapped KDE instead of Unity. The distro offers its own cloud service called Runners-ID (built on top of the open source ownCloud server). The service is integrated into the distro and offers 5GB of free space, which you can use to store data, pictures, contacts, calendars and stream music via its Android app. Sounds familiar? There's more. The distro also integrates web apps, such as Cut The Rope, Google Docs, Facebook, and more, on the desktop. When you sign into your online accounts your data is accessible to local apps such as Kontact and Dolphin. One interesting web app bundled in the distro is JacknJoe. It's a web-based application store that houses all the popular open source apps and games that you can install with a single click. The distro also bundles proprietary apps such as Skype, Wine for running Windows software, and all sorts of other handy audio and video codecs and plugins. Help on the distro is dispensed via online forum boards on its website. Here, you'll also find some video introductions to the distro's unique apps and screencasts on common tasks. The developers behind the distro also publish an online magazine called Netrunner-Mag. The distro is supported by Germany's Blue Systems, which has several KDE developers on its payroll.
Meh. I specifically put in my answers geared toward trying to get a single answer (siduction), and it still doesn't give the answer I purposely weighted everything for. Not all that impressive. If I were honest I'd probably get something horrible like Fedora suggested (no offense to Fedora fans, but I despise the OS).
 
Old 04-29-2013, 04:03 PM   #8
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If I were honest I'd probably get something horrible like Fedora suggested (no offense to Fedora fans, but I despise the OS).
I hear that. I downloaded the Fedora 18 Xfce version over the weekend for the hell of it. It had been years since I had tried it, previously. Didn't make it past the live session, buggy GUI stuff in Xfce. Yup, just like I remember it! And don't get me started on systemd, pulseaudio, and other LP junk.
 
Old 04-29-2013, 04:07 PM   #9
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I got:
Sabayon
Chakra
Debian
Slackel
So now I'm having more of a play with Sabayon in a VM and will look at Chakra and Slackel. That said I can't see me changing from Debian any time soon unless it's to Slackware.
 
Old 04-29-2013, 04:31 PM   #10
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It's slightly simplistic. I've seen distro choosers that based their results on a greater number of factors making them more reliable.
 
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It's slightly simplistic. I've seen distro choosers that based their results on a greater number of factors making them more reliable.
Absolutely. This one is more complete:

http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/
 
Old 04-29-2013, 04:51 PM   #12
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Absolutely. This one is more complete:

http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/
That's it. I got 100% Slackware and Gentoo. In the one that the OP points to I got Arch and Debian at the top
 
Old 04-29-2013, 05:00 PM   #13
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Interesting, it gave me SalixOS at 99% match. Which doesn't really differ from Slackware (running it currently)
Followed by Slackel, Porteus, and Arch.

Seems pretty accurate.
 
Old 04-29-2013, 08:36 PM   #14
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they need to update there database
#3 for me was Fuduntu

before they closed shop i was thinking of giving it a go on a usb

i stated KDE
because Gnome3 is unusable

Cent6 is using gnome2

missing a bit there
choosing Gnome2 or Gnome3
 
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Not only is it ridiculously simplistic, using only six criteria, but two of them (1/3 of the questions!) are about DEs and package managers. How the hell are people ignorant of Linux supposed to rate GUIs and package managers they know nothing about? It strikes me as more of a toy for existing Linux users than a tool for the uninitiated to pick a distro.
 
  


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