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i am getting ready to install another distro and am looking for a nice lean system. I need something not to difficult to install (for a relative newbie). I don't mind compiling from source (for packages) but a decent package manager also helps somtimes, for certain common software. Vector seemed really nice, but it doesn't come with gnome, which i'm found of and don't feel like installing. So, ok, yeah i might be lazy at times, but oh well.....any ideas, anyone
debian is nice.....i'm kinda interested in slackware...but i don't know...ive givin gentoo a try and the install is just too much...(i tried it a few months ago, when i was really green to linux) and debian, well of course debian....but i was looking at some of the lesser known distros
well, maybe, but i still don't think i am quite ready to do the source distros yet, eventually i am very sure that i will, but i'm still a little new and plan to work my way up. i am basically looking for a distro w/o a lot of stuff i don't use to slow it down...i'm really looking at vector b/c it is so slim and suppose to be an easier install....complicated installs annoy me b/c people keep them like that purposely. Some distros have had the same install proced for years, which is stupid. if it was easier to install and maintain more of the general pop would come on over. regardless i don't think i'm ready for a source distro, yet
Slackware, or Arch Linux... Vector is a fine distro, but I don't know, does it come with Gnome? I think to get the most of it you'd need to install Dropline Gnome - a separate download. (That goes for Slackware too - Slackware does include Gnome, but Dropline version is better)
Or, take a jump and try source based distros, but rather than Gentoo, which has a very complicated, "installer-free" installation procedure, try something like Source Mage, which uses a more conventional and simpler approach. I use Source Mage and really like it.
Slackware has a pertty good package install utility: pkgtool
so you can install the minimum stuff u think you'll need, and then later on just install as you see fit with relative ease. also try using fluxbox xwindow manager