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Old 04-30-2005, 09:32 PM   #1
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This is completely an opinion-related post, just looking for a little feedback. I have been using Fedora Core 3 for a few weeks now on my desktop, and previously used Mandrake before that, and was thinking of experimenting with a different distro on my HP laptop. Any ideas on the next distro I should try, I don't want to bite off more than I can chew with something like Gentoo, and was curious what might be the next step up.

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Old 04-30-2005, 10:05 PM   #2
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I'd say arch linux, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you like PURE HELL in a less than 1GB packet!

Seriously though, it's taken me ages to get it (almost) right, but it's lightning fast and I f?">:ing loooove it. You'll find the same with almost any distro though, after you've spent enough time hacking the hell out of it, til it virtually makes no sense at all, it'll grow on you, whether it's slack, arch, gentoo, mandrake, suse, yoper, or linux from scratch. That's the fun of it, after a while, it's really yours.
cheers!

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Old 04-30-2005, 10:14 PM   #3
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Knoppix Live CD will install Debian SID and defaults to KDE, so it's fun to play with. You can either choose to run Knoppix from CD/RAM and not touch the hard drives or make some space and install it in the box.

BTW, there is a fast install of Gentoo with the Gentoo Reference Package, which will install pre-compiled binaries, which might give you an edge on installation speed (but make climbing the learning curve harder than doing it by hand).

If you do go Gentoo, I would install something like fluxbox and gnome-panel for using in X until you get the other stuff you want installed and compiled to fit your box.

You can re-build it in the background if you re-nice the emerge/compile apps and hardly notice any loss of performance after tweaking your USE flags.

Also, I prefer installing Gentoo (I use the stage 3 install, then emerge rsync, edit my /etc/make.conf file, then emerge --newuse -u world either from a working distro or from a Knoppix Live CD, of course following the other excellent documention at the Gentoo sites) by hand as I learned a lot more from it's install and configuration than from the "newbieized" versions of Linux.

Do I buy a boxed source, download off the internet or buy some cheap CDs?
It's your choice! If you download, I suggest that you check the md5sums on the Linux ISO Images and make sure you know how to burn ISOs in Windows to install Linux
# Cheap CDs
Discount Linux CDs
Linux Central
Cheapbytes
TuxCDs
ComputerHelperGuy
CheapISO
Os Heaven

I am currently building "uilleann", booting Windows XP Pro, Fedora Core 1, Gentoo, Knoppix/Debian SID, and one other (*BSD or Fedora Core 3).

I did have 2 seperate boxen, tinwhistle, my workstation with all my Linux distros and uilleann, my Microsoft playstation, but tinwhistle died last Sat.

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Old 04-30-2005, 10:34 PM   #4
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I'd say arch linux, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you like PURE HELL in a less than 1GB packet!
err, it seems that I overdid that a bit. I love arch linux and it wasn't that bad really, although I did have a few problems to begin with
 
Old 04-30-2005, 11:21 PM   #5
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I just looked up Arch, and it spoke of having to edit rc.conf files during installation to get things like the internet working correctly...that even Slackware was easier in this respect....and while I'm really curious and would like to experiment around, I wouldn't want something so difficult I get stuck in the install. Any thoughts on a moderate distro...I hear Debian is good.
 
Old 05-01-2005, 12:09 AM   #6
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Old 05-01-2005, 08:07 AM   #7
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Sorry, I didn't actually mean to recommend arch, I wrote that after 2 bottles of wine.
Everyone says slackware is best for laptop, so you should probably go with that. Don't think you're not going to be editing configuration files in slack though!
cheers!
 
Old 05-01-2005, 08:26 AM   #8
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Slack isn't as difficult as some people make it out to be. It's a great distro for learning Linux and is rock solid stable. Yes you will occassionally need to edit a config file here and there but for the most part once you have it installed, it just runs.

The install is ncurses based instead of a fancy GUI, but it's straight-forward and pretty easy to get through.

It all really depends on what you're looking for. Look over some distro information at www.distrowatch.org and just pick one to try out. For a laptop I'd recommend something that isn't bloated.
 
Old 05-01-2005, 11:50 PM   #9
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I have Arch on my laptop and everytthing works
had to recompile the kernel for frequency scaling, but it works fine..

I do love Arch, but, if messing with the rc.conf scares you (you don't HAVE to, but its strongly recommended), slackware is a great choice.

Gentoo is amazing, but can be daunting at first (beleive me.... I went through the gento install a few times, learned a lot about Linux in general,then went to Arch and it made sense.. )
 
  


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