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Distribution: Slack 8.1, Gentoo 1.3a, Red Hat 7.3, Red Hat 7.2, Manrake 8.2
I voted Slackware, Ive been using Linux since April/May and I started on rh 7.2 (which I prefferred to Mandy 8.2) hiowever recently my eyes were opened to the world of Slack (version 8.1) and I find it's the best distro to use for learning more about bash and editing etc... It taught me that I didnt need to use a desktop based program to configure my system and I havent looked back since!!!!!
If I ever devide to move from Slack then I will attempt to play with Gentoo or with a bit more experience and knowledge LFS
Well, I would have to give a second vote to Slack, although Mandy isn't that far behind. I truly have learned quite a bit just switching from an RPM based distro to slack. It's very nice to know what's going on, system calls, and how to fix problems.
LFS to me, was a bit overrated because of the time involved. I can go through a slack install bit by bit, and pick out the programs I don't want, and spend maybe an hour doing so, not several days. There are many other benefits to an LFS system, but for those just wanting a good solid awesome system that teaches them quite a bit in Linux, slack would have to be my strongest suggestion.
hahaha i voted for Mandrake, though i would love to try SuSe, i'm a real GUI kinda kid, though i should start learning how to configure my system without a GUI and using commands etc etc....i am still a newbie though
That "Once you've had slack you never go back" Is scary it's so true. Slack is the definition of cool. (what movie dudes) If slack were an Ice cream it'd be chocolate, If slack were a fruit, it'd be watermelon and tangerine. If slack were a computer, it'd be the INIAC. If slack were bubblegum, they would call it slack-alicious. huh huh
Well, I voted for RH since thats what I use mostly. For my project, I use an old slack distro, which was given to me by my senior and some time in the lab I work on my friend's mandrake. I feel, one should appreciate the contribution of GUI inclined systems towards popularising linux among common users as much as they appreciate slacks role in helping one learn the system more.