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Old 05-13-2008, 11:00 AM   #1
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Intelligent (hopefully) Question about Distros


I tried Ubuntu 7, wasn't thrilled.

I am running now Ubuntu 8 and again not thrilled--seems to be slow in fact.

I am looking for a workstation for LAMP development. What I want is a simple desktop environment where all software and my distro are stable, as in rock solid. Excitement I am not looking for--boring stability is what interests me.

I don't have a preference for WM yet either.

Although I DO indeed like GUI tools for installation and configuration of things--I am still a bit of a newbie, albeit an advanced one.

Seems to me that Debian or OpenSUSE fit the bill. Debian I understand is known to be ROCK solid, yet OpenSUSE seems more popular today for desktops.

Any thoughts?

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Old 05-13-2008, 11:12 AM   #2
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What about Slackware?
 
Old 05-13-2008, 11:19 AM   #3
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Since you are looking for something that is rock solid, I would suggest either Slackware or Debian stable.
 
Old 05-13-2008, 11:20 AM   #4
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I have been using Mandriva since Mandrake 7.2 and I like it.

I have never reinstalled it, but always upgraded. Sometimes that was exciting, but that is how I do it. So my current configuration is Mandriva 2008, but the setup is more plain vanilla Linux from the old days (with su working as expected, and root readily available etc). I understand that a clean install of Mandriva 2008 will lead to the restrictions in su that are similar to what you see in Ubuntu (which drives me crazy...) but having not done it I cannot say for sure.

I do a lot of development including some really low-level things, and my system has been up now for 40 days (since the last time I upgraded a video driver, which did force a reboot when I got into some config problems). In that time I have had to restart X a couple of times, but otherwise no problems.
 
Old 05-13-2008, 11:58 AM   #5
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You might want to consider Centos 5.1. Centos is RHEL(Red Hat Enterprise Linux) with the logos removed. It is free to download and update.
 
Old 05-13-2008, 12:30 PM   #6
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Try Xubuntu a derivative of Ubuntu. If you are still running Ubuntu you can simple install the "xubuntu-desktop" package and you can test drive it without loosing any of your settings or installed packages. The nice thing with Xubuntu is you still have access to the thousands of aptable applications. I run Xubuntu the actual distrobution on a PIII 1.2GHz laptop w/ 512MB of ram and it is very responsive.
 
Old 05-13-2008, 01:15 PM   #7
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Any thoughts?
I don't understand why Novell made that agreement with Microsoft, so that put me off OpenSuse.

There is good documentation available for Debian and it's been stable on my computer. I think it is worth a look.
 
Old 05-13-2008, 01:56 PM   #8
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Thank you

Thank you to all who responded. I am downloading Debian
 
Old 05-13-2008, 02:11 PM   #9
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Just to be sure you know, FJ, Debian has stable, testing, and unstable versions. Stable is just that, more stable than anything this side of Slackware. Testing is also very stable, though. Unstable you probably want to avoid until you know Debian very thoroughly.

If you're downloading stable, you can later upgrade to testing or unstable by changing /etc/apt/sources.list. You can also step down from unstable to testing or stable, although I understand that is trickier. If you find stable's software isn't recent enough for your needs, upgrading to testing is easy and gives you much newer software. The current version of testing (Lenny) is due to be issued as the new stable in September.

Good luck.
 
Old 05-14-2008, 04:06 AM   #10
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Thank you.
 
Old 05-14-2008, 10:32 AM   #11
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I understand that a clean install of Mandriva 2008 will lead to the restrictions in su that are similar to what you see in Ubuntu (which drives me crazy...) but having not done it I cannot say for sure.
I've just done that and it's only a minor annoyance. A one line change in the kdm config file is all you need. Just change the line to allow root logins from false to true. Sorry, I'm at work now so can't give you the exact option or file name, but a little browsing should help you find it. If not, I can help after I get home tonight.

I've used 3 different versions of Mandriva now and can recommend it for most purposes. However I will also say that all of the distros mentioned in this thread are high quality. Let your personal preference be your guide.
 
  


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