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Old 06-19-2007, 01:53 AM   #1
gajaykrishnan
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Which distro to chose?


Hi all,

I am planning to install a linux system. I've looked at a few distros till now like madrake,fedora,debian,freebsd,suse a long time back. For the past some time I could not get my hands on it. I guess that things might have changed a lot by now. Hence I would like to know which is the "good" linux distro now. Following are my expectations out of a distro.Since I primarily intend to only "USE" linux for my programming purposes I want something that has:

low maintenance and very very stable.
good performance, less crashes,hangups etc.
less configuration and if required at all, easy configuration.
good pre-configuration of softwares like VI,VIM,emacs etc.
frequent upgrades available.
huge collection of packages that are relevant to programming.
support for wide variety of hardware.
decent looking UI (i find that this varies a bit due to customization of kde/gnome of diff distros)

Awaiting a reply,
Ajay.
 
Old 06-19-2007, 02:27 AM   #2
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why don't you give ArchLinux a try?
www.archlinux.org
 
Old 06-19-2007, 07:24 AM   #3
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The link below may be helpful
 
Old 06-20-2007, 04:14 AM   #4
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Kubuntu
http://www.kubuntu.org/

PCLinuxOS
http://ftp.nluug.nl/pub/metalab/dist...glish/preview/
ftp://ftp.nluug.nl/pub/metalab/distr...glish/preview/

This is the distro I use and recommend, Why because it works right out of the box. No need to configure Everything, everything just works. It also comes as a 1 CD install that is a live CD that you can install later if you wish.

Mephis
http://www.mepis.org/

Vector Linux
http://www.vectorlinux.com/

DSL
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

Puppy Linux
http://www.puppylinux.org/user/viewpage.php?page_id=3

Slackware
http://www.slackware.com/

BeaFanatIX
http://bea.cabarel.com/

Elive:
http://www.elivecd.org/

Luit Linux
http://luitlinux.sarovar.org/
 
Old 06-20-2007, 07:08 AM   #5
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Look at the links in my signature.
 
Old 06-22-2007, 12:12 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by gajaykrishnan
low maintenance and very very stable.
good performance, less crashes,hangups etc.
less configuration and if required at all, easy configuration.
good pre-configuration of softwares like VI,VIM,emacs etc.
frequent upgrades available.
huge collection of packages that are relevant to programming.
support for wide variety of hardware.
decent looking UI (i find that this varies a bit due to customization of kde/gnome of diff distros)
only these 2 satisfy *all* conditions of your list: CentOS & Debian

both are good, try them if you like to. there are lots of others like:

Arch: good but stability issues

Gentoo: extreme configuration & customisation (totally opposite to what you are looking for)

Fedora/BLAG: testing releases, hence not stable (like Arch)

Ajay, i could type really a loooong list but that will not make any sense as CentOS and Debian are exactly what you are looking for. i just wanted to give you an idea on other distros based on my personal experience with them.
 
Old 06-22-2007, 02:06 AM   #7
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Definitely look at XavierP's signature(especially the distro chooser) and from what you asked, I have to tell you that if it's been long since your last linux install, linux has made giant leaps in system configuration, performance, support for hardware and rare crashes(not one in 2 years for me), I believe that the first 20 distro's in distrowatch.com accomplish what you ask. If you don't have an extreme rare set of hardware that's not supported then that must be the only issue you will have gajaykrishnan.

Cheers

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