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Old 08-19-2005, 06:46 AM   #16
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As far as master of distros, I do not think it is needed. Sure you should try as many as you want. They all have pros and cons. But Linux is Linux, for the most part. Most of the differences are fluff, IMHO. If you are looking to support Linux for a living you will definitely what to know Red Hat and Debian. They are two of the most prevalant in corporate environments, or at least the two that I run into the most.
I havn't thought about it that way at all, but I don't think I would be able to make a living of my first week's experience just yet

Thanks to all you Linux gurus for sharing your thoughts and the warm welcome! Quite a lot of interesting stories and thanks for the tip jrdioko.

Glad to hear there seems to be a consent that it's ok to go for Slackware instantly. I imagine this applies similarly to experimenting with window managers and full-blown desktop environments (going for the minimalist and functional one asap).
 
Old 08-19-2005, 04:54 PM   #17
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When starting to learn Slackware, bear in mind:
When you stop and suddenly realize you're in over your head, DON'T PANIC! You walked into this knowing you were in over your head, you just forgot for a moment!

Only kidding. Slakware's pretty easy.
 
Old 08-19-2005, 06:18 PM   #18
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For me I started out with Red Hat 9 and then Mandrake but rarely used either of them. (Surprisingly I couldn't get either of those to detect my sound card correctly or something) and they were slow. Anyway when I switched to Slackware I still didn't know anything about Linux, (I remember one night I was trying to watch a movie in slackware and I put a dvd in and mounted it but it was the 'extras disk' not the 'play disk', then I couldn't figure out how to unmount it :/ ) Anyway, using slackware made me love linux because I started to learn how things were done. It was actually easier for me to learn Slackware than to learn RH or Mandrake because there was just one (correct :P ) way to do things.

I used slackware for quite a while and went from never using Linux to having Linux as my Primary OS. Anyway my slack install crashed and burned one night. (still know know why) So I decided to try something else and I switched to Gentoo about a year ago and haven't turned back.

I think Slackware was a wonderful learning distro but I'm a bit of a bleeding edge kind of person (running firefox alpha 2 and such) and the slackware package repository didn't get updated enough for my liking. I'm also one of those guy who likes to try things. Yes, I have KDE, Gnome, XFCE, Enlightenment 16 and 17, and about 8-10 other window managers installed even though all I ever use is TreeWM. Slackware made me work to much to get new programs installed. I'm a big fan of dependency tracking because I would rather spend my time playing with programs instead of trying to get them installed. Mixing small self compiled programs and packaged programs never seemed to work as well in slackware either.

Configuring a system with Gentoo is about the same level as Slackware if not even lower since it doesn't come with adduser scripts or anything like that. I was also happy that I got to learn more about my system by working with the compiler and going through that wonderfully text based install.
 
  


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