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Old 09-29-2008, 09:19 PM   #1
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Switching from Fedora 9 to......


So, I've been using Fedora 9 for a few weeks, I used it as an intro to Linux... to get somewhat familiar with the OS. But now I want to go on to something else. I think I want to try out Gentoo as I have read that it is "faster" because it compiles all the relevant hardware information in the beginning. There are just a few things I want to know before I start though.

Does Gentoo have a GUI package installer like fedora? Or do you have to manually compile all your programs? I think that's really the only major concern. I'm still not anywhere near being even an intermediate level linux user, so I can't really have something that requires a LOT of intense coding. But I do want to get to that level some day, so I don't want the OS to be TOO user friendly, or I at least want to be able to have the option to get "down and dirty".

edit: At the moment, I am considering Slackware. I was going to download it just so I had the ISO handy, but I couldn't figure out which file to download.

http://slackware.cs.utah.edu/pub/slackware/
Not sure which folder I wanted to go into.

slackware-12.1-iso/
slackware-12.1/
slackware-current/

So, assuming it's slackware-current/ >> This is as far as I go: http://slackware.cs.utah.edu/pub/sla...t/slackware/a/

And yes, I am aware of this site: http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major

All suggestions are appreciated
 
Old 09-29-2008, 10:07 PM   #2
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I at least want to be able to have the option to get "down and dirty".
In that case, open up an xterm in your F9 GUI, and start doing everything you can from there. (Prob not web browsing or email though..)
In just about any distro you can do this. The GUI is only an optional layer on top of the CLI.
 
Old 09-29-2008, 10:29 PM   #3
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and if you want to get into the "nuts and bolts" then stay with fedora 9 then fedora 10 "beta" in a day .
 
Old 09-30-2008, 10:42 AM   #4
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Well, the other thing I was concerned about, was the speed of the system. I'd be running it on my Dell Latitude D630, which has an integrated NVIDIA graphics card, and 2gb of RAM. I have only run Fedora 9 on an older computer (which had like 640mb of RAM), and it ran sort of sluggish. I know it would run better with the 2 gigs of RAM, but I just don't want to install it and then find out that it runs anything less than perfect. I'll be dualbooting with Vista, which will only be used for school work. But everything else will be done on the Linux partition.
 
  


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