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Old 12-21-2009, 08:05 PM   #1
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Best Distro to really learn linux from?


aside from something like lfs
what would be the best distro to get into?
I was thinking along the lines of gentoo or arch...
Does anyone have any recommendations? something not so much prefabbed like ubuntu/mint/etc but something well supported (preferably with a large community) a distro that really needs to be built up, one that forces you to really understand the box YOU are building.
 
Old 12-21-2009, 08:08 PM   #2
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Nothing teaches you better about Linux than Slackware.
 
Old 12-21-2009, 08:08 PM   #3
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As the saying goes... Use Fedora/Debian/etc you learn Fedora/Debian/etc, use Slackware you learn linux.
 
Old 12-21-2009, 08:21 PM   #4
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Nothing teaches you better about Linux than Slackware.
why slackware?
 
Old 12-21-2009, 08:56 PM   #5
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why slackware?
Read about slackware: http://www.slackware.com/info/
 
Old 12-21-2009, 08:57 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by cynicalpsycho View Post
aside from something like lfs
what would be the best distro to get into?
I was thinking along the lines of gentoo or arch...
Does anyone have any recommendations? something not so much prefabbed like ubuntu/mint/etc but something well supported (preferably with a large community) a distro that really needs to be built up, one that forces you to really understand the box YOU are building.
I like Arch myself...

-C
 
Old 12-21-2009, 11:26 PM   #7
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i agree, using slackware has definitely taught me alot. at first i couldnt do anything useful with it, but i read alot of man pages and worked at it and now its my primary OS due to how much i learn from it.

it seemed like ubuntu protected me too much, debian was just too massive of an install with all the option ISOs and fedora froze on my laptop.

alot of folks gentoo has alot to offer over slackware as you must compile the entire OS and customize your kernel. this is what im looking to try to advance myself.
 
Old 12-22-2009, 07:06 AM   #8
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Hi,


Just a few links to aid you;

SlackwareŽ Essentials
SlackwareŽ Basics
Linux Documentation Project
Rute Tutorial & Exposition
Linux Command Guide
Utimate Linux Newbie Guide
LinuxSelfHelp
Getting Started with Linux
Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide
Virtualiation- Top 10

These links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 12-22-2009, 11:35 AM   #9
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aside from something like lfs
what would be the best distro to get into?
I was thinking along the lines of gentoo or arch...
Does anyone have any recommendations? something not so much prefabbed like ubuntu/mint/etc but something well supported (preferably with a large community) a distro that really needs to be built up, one that forces you to really understand the box YOU are building.
Definitely Gentoo! Gentoo gives you all power and depth of LFS (like custom building, optimization) without the massive headache of tracking all your own dependencies. A lot of real smart, knowledgeable people providing user support as well <forums.gentoo.org> They've never let me down when it came to installation or troubleshooting questions.
 
Old 12-22-2009, 11:42 AM   #10
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Hi,

Definitely Slackware! I've been using Linux in a server environment for years now (mainly Debian). Only recently started with Linux desktop and stuck with Slackware after going through a lot of distros. I've already learned a lot of things I never knew before. Fair to say is I never tried Gentoo

Kind regards,

Eric
 
  


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