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Old 12-18-2003, 11:37 PM   #16
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Quote:
Originally posted by Brother Michael
Once you go Slack you never go back, eh?

Mike
That's how most of us Slackers feel anyway...you get a feeling of accomplishment when you have slack purring along
 
Old 12-19-2003, 12:20 AM   #17
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I'll testify to the "Once You Go Slack You Never Go Back" theory. I've used pretty much all the major distributions at one point or another but just recently went from Gentoo to Slackware. Gentoo was nice and fast, but it took FOREVER to get it to the way you want it, Slackware has all the major stuff built in but doesn't give you cutesy idiotproof things like Redhat and Mandrake try to. It makes you learn what does what, and how to fix it for good.
 
Old 12-19-2003, 12:25 AM   #18
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I'll testify to the "Once You Go Slack You Never Go Back" theory. I've used pretty much all the major distributions at one point or another but just recently went from Gentoo to Slackware. Gentoo was nice and fast, but it took FOREVER to get it to the way you want it, Slackware has all the major stuff built in but doesn't give you cutesy idiotproof things like Redhat and Mandrake try to. It makes you learn what does what, and how to fix it for good.
And an i686 configured Slackware install is just about as fast as Gentoo or LFS once you get it set up, if you feel the need to compile from source.


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Old 12-19-2003, 12:41 AM   #19
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It seems like it has come down to Suse, Gentoo, Slack, and Fedora Core.

I've added a new standard to what I am looking for:

Gaming. I need one that will run my games. That is my current short term goal of Linux. I have seen that Linux works as a normal desktop OS. There are stable office suites (I love open office) CD-Copying is pretty stable as well. That leaves gaming. Gentoo seems to adverties itself as being power and flexible enough to be a powerful gaming OS. However, again you Slackware people seem to love the way your OS is run, and it sounds like it is a little less frustrating to set-up. If anyone has anything different on Fedora Core I'd love to hear it, as it would save me a ton of time.

So where do I go from here?

1) keep the arguments about the distros comming.
2) research more in depth about "The Four" (Fedora Core, Slackware, Gentoo, SUSE)
3) try out all four.

Right now I am downloading the Suse eval. I will try that out.

Mike

+EDIT+ Just out of curiosity, where will the temporary Suse files be installed to on Linux install? It says that they will be saved on "C" For me does that mean they will be saved on "/"

Last edited by Brother Michael; 12-19-2003 at 01:13 AM.
 
Old 12-19-2003, 01:49 AM   #20
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Dude - if RH isn't cutting it for you, try a bunch of different distros, and make up your own mind about which one is best *for you*. Everyone's got their own opinion - it's as subjective as can be. I would recommend Slack though, note however that I am completely biased -- J.W.
 
Old 12-19-2003, 03:41 AM   #21
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Gentoo is not released as ISO, correct? For me, with that damn slow internet speed, I can't do the online installation.
So, how about slackware? Can you download the latest version as ISO format?
 
Old 12-19-2003, 08:13 AM   #22
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Mike, If you've got the time, certainly try them all and see which one you like best. Gentoo is a totally different animal from the others since it needs to have everything compiled for it, even if you start with a later Stage it still downloads and compiles for awhile, in fact I would skip gentoo for now since that will take you days to get up and running well before you know whether you want to stick with it or not. The others can each be tried out in a matter of minutes and in depth in a few hours since they are precompiled binaries.
 
Old 12-19-2003, 08:44 AM   #23
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I am going to try Suse for now. I also figured, I have FC1 set-up pretty well. I have installed a lot on it. I have spent some time on it. I guess I shouldn't just throw quit now just because I am having a set back.

Heck I just learned about 20 minutes ago, that the problem with Neverwinter Nights is probably a new patch that the company put out that was full of bugs. It still doesn't answer my original problem with the game, the xlib stuff, but it does answer why it was acting funnier than my other build of it.

I am getting a bigger hard drive soon, so I may split it up a bit, put my home dir out on a seperate partition and install a few of the other distros and look at them all.

Right now I am in a bind with disk space.

Mike

Last edited by Brother Michael; 12-19-2003 at 09:28 AM.
 
Old 12-19-2003, 10:41 AM   #24
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Quote:
Originally posted by ICO
Gentoo is not released as ISO, correct? For me, with that damn slow internet speed, I can't do the online installation.
So, how about slackware? Can you download the latest version as ISO format?
Ya you can. Go to http://www.slackware.org/ and check it out!
 
Old 12-19-2003, 04:46 PM   #25
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I'd have to give another vote for Slack. I tried just about all of 'em at one time or another except for Gentoo. Didn't want to spend the days necessary to get it running properly. Used Mandrae as my primary desktop for over a year...Used Redhat for a couple of months...Tried Fedora for a couple of weeks...Suse for a month or so...As you can tell, I was experimenting trying to find the one I liked best. I finally tried Slackware. I had been putting it off because I kept hearing it was hard to install and get working correctly. Rubbish! lol. It is a piece of cake to install.
I read this:
http://www.slackware.com/book/
and this:
http://www.slackware.com/install/
and was ready to go. And the saying is correct. I've tried Slack and I won't go back. lol.
 
Old 12-19-2003, 04:59 PM   #26
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Vote #1,286,034,921 for slackware.

Installing slackware is like riding a bike. Once you get it, you get it. I used Redhat previous to installing slackware, but it wasn't until I sat down, installed and learned to use slack that I felt like I finally 'got' linux.

slight
 
Old 12-19-2003, 05:59 PM   #27
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whooooooo

well normally i would have recomended debian all the way but with the amount of probblems ive had ober the past month or so i would change and agree with the other guys about either slack or gentoo, personally id use gentoo purely because of the portege system, another alternative is freebsd which i also run and is very very very sweet, and uses ports to install software (portege on gentoo is basically the same), it grabs the source, decides what deps it needs, grabs them and compiles them if needed, then when the deps are satsisfied it compiles installs and cleans. lovely stuff,
 
Old 12-19-2003, 08:23 PM   #28
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Installing slackware is like riding a bike. Once you get it, you get it. I used Redhat previous to installing slackware, but it wasn't until I sat down, installed and learned to use slack that I felt like I finally 'got' linux.
My feelings exactly.
I would also suggest Slack, but the beauty of Linux, you choose what you want.
 
Old 12-19-2003, 08:54 PM   #29
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i'd have to give a shout to slack. i used mandrake 8.1 and 9.1 and (learned a little), for a couple of months. i've been running slack 9.0 and 9.1 for about a month, and, have learned as much in that month as i have in a year of windows or a couple of months w/mandrake.
good luck.
 
Old 12-19-2003, 09:20 PM   #30
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i'd have to say go with vectorlinux. based on slack, all the stuff you need, none of the crap you don't, and faaaaaaast.

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