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Old 05-18-2005, 09:34 AM   #16
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yea it kinda did well.

it came up with 4:

debain (lol, i think it must always come up)

i use slackware. iv been using it for about a year and its one of the best i think.

it made a big mistake with ubuntu - i hate things that are meant to be user friendly - yuk.

Gentoo - correct: i like gentoo but not as much as slackware because i dont need the extra overall speed (which is slight) when im running a 2GHz P4 laptop, and anything takes 97 hours to compile.

debian - i would like debian, but i hate it - iv used it a few times, but just dont like it - too many reasons to list, but the main reason is woody was made at the same time as noahs ark and sarge gets about 3000 error messages on boot and slackware is better anyway :-)

so it was 50% correct - possibly 75% correct if ubuntu went wrong more :-p

Old 05-18-2005, 09:57 AM   #17
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Originally posted by alaindu

debain (lol, i think it must always come up)
Ya, I tried different questions/answers also..........they seemed to be
obsessed with promoting these also.........

I could not get it to recommend slackware at all............
I guess their agenda is to push---- apt-get, emerge, RPM, etc.........

their is nothing wrong with pkgtool!!
Old 05-18-2005, 09:58 AM   #18
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yeah I just noticed it is in the beta stage, but still, for people trying to find out which distro would be best suited for them, it should help.
Old 05-18-2005, 10:55 AM   #19
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Someone posted this on another thread.
Old 05-18-2005, 12:36 PM   #20
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It told me to use Windows ME...
Old 05-18-2005, 04:23 PM   #21
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unfortunately.. slackware ended up at the bottom. and debian at the top.. slackware is my favorite and debian is what I'm currently using. between were ubuntu and gentoo.. both of which I don't like at all.
Old 02-26-2006, 10:24 PM   #22
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Help me choose a distro...AGAIN

Yo guys. After sometime I got bored with my SuSE, but I still consider myself as a linux noob. Still, I want something more exciting, something to tinker with and learn. SuSE is more like a windows system (which I am sick of using by now), and has few things to learn with. I am a computer science and information technology student, and I want to learn more about programming languages, how a computer actually works etc. I want something more stimulating than SuSE, but not hard for a noob like me. Maybe sooner or later I will try to go for Gentoo but as of now, I still have a lot of things to learn. Slackware sounds nice to me, especially slack's huge selection of editors. Emacs and Vi are still a mystery to me but I am very curious on how I can make them work. Now it seems that I have answered my own question but I need recommendations from you guys. lol.
Old 02-26-2006, 11:22 PM   #23
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If you think that Slackware sounds nice, why don't you go for it? How will our recommendations help you with your decision?

Just try it, if you don't like it, try something else.

Old 02-26-2006, 11:25 PM   #24
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I like Arch. It's fast, light. flexible, and stable.

Old 02-27-2006, 12:39 AM   #25
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Re: Which distro?

The only answer is Slackware!
Old 02-27-2006, 06:55 AM   #26
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Your recommendations will greatly affect my decision for I am a noob and know less than you guys. I just want to know some insights from pros
Old 02-28-2006, 02:51 PM   #27
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I'd recommend Slackware as well, and sticking with the -stable branch. I used SuSE before and was unable to progress in terms of understanding and control. Slackware has allowed me to make a great step into the right direction.
Old 02-28-2006, 10:28 PM   #28
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If you have some Linux experience, it's not too soon to try Gentoo if it appeals to you. I'm sure you know more than when I first tried, but I managed through with a stage 3 install. I still don't know anything about programming, but my present stage 1 install is way cool. Gentoo has really good documentation that guides you each step of the way and teaches you what you are doing as you go. The only head-spinning part is that there are LOTS of choices and LOTS of steps. But the docs don't leave you hanging to make a bad choice. Give it a shot, don't expect miracles, take your time and enjoy.
Old 02-28-2006, 11:23 PM   #29
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Hmm.. Since I have an older PC to spare, I'll use it as my test subject lol. Which one of the two (Gentoo and Slackware) are better for an older machine. The box I am talking about only has a duron 700mhz processor, an onboard 16mb video card and 256 mb of ram. It's hard disk space is only 10 gigs lol. Windows XP is also present in that machine. BTW thanks for the suggestions guys. Because of that I have decided to try both. That is why I need a test machine first, just in case something will go wrong
Old 02-28-2006, 11:45 PM   #30
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The main thing is that Gentoo is a source based distro which means that everything must be compilied. It can take a while to do that, especially on older hardware. All you have to do is set it compiling before you go to bed or go to work and hopefully it will be done. caveat - on large progs like KDE or Open Office, it might take 24+ hours.

Slackware would definately be the quicker install though. They're both excellent distros.

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