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Currently I'm running RedHat 9 and I'm looking to install another distribution on my system, I've taken looks at several and read posts about many, and I'm just interested as to what the majority of the people here thinks the best overall, semi n00bie-friendly, extremely customizable and stable distribution off them all!
Of course I realize that most distributions are difficult to compare since each has its own advantages and disadvantages, but what do ya'll enjoy the most?
I prefer Ark Linux. It's fast, clean, bleeding-edge, newbie-friendly, easy to update, and easy to install packages thanks to a great APT repository that is constantly growing and expanding. There's also good support for hardware due to a bleeding-edge 2.4.23 kernel and a bluecuveless-KDE thanks to ex-Red Hat employee bero (main developer of Ark Linux who was the one responsible for getting KDE to work on RHL who quit when he learned about their bluecurve plans)
Ask numerous times already.. maybe we should contribute to the existing one's we have already. Or we do have the Member's Choice Awards going on right now, where we do have the Distribution of the Year as well which might give you an idea of the most popular here at LQ amongst the members.
Well not _everyone_ is able to install Ark Linux without passing some parameters to the kernel. The same thing applies to any distro, really. By the way, the address is www.arklinux.org -- sorry, I forgot something so simple! As for the inability to install on your computer... well I don't know why, because I don't know your hardware. Did you go to #arklinux on freenode when you were having your problems? There is usually at least one developer there along with many other enthusiastic people that are always glad to help newbies (and we have helped _many_)
I have a Compaq Presario 900 laptop. It didn't work in alpha 7 but I told the guys about it (this was when I was new to Linux, a few months ago) and they fixed it by alpha 8. Now Ark Linux is the _only_ distribution that works right out of the box on my laptop. That is big, considering numerous pages have been written trying to explain a lengthy process of how to get linux installed on those beastly laptops -- and most of which fail to be able to set up DRI (which AL does) which is, to me, an integral feature.
I appologize for the lack of the more popular options that seemingly everyone enjoys more than any of the other listed options, but do keep in mind that I started this poll to determine the more popular distros, if I had known about the popularity of Slackware, I wouldn't have needed to post anything even remotely related to this subject, now would I? I do appreciate everyone's contributions to my poll, I feel pretty confident as far as which Distro to try next, one last quesiton though, does Slackwear come with a similar command to what Gentoo has? (as far as searching a prelisted set of FTP sites for a given program name, downloading it, compiling it, and installing it)
Originally posted by LunaticManiac I appologize for the lack of the more popular options that seemingly everyone enjoys more than any of the other listed options, but do keep in mind that I started this poll to determine the more popular distros, if I had known about the popularity of Slackware, I wouldn't have needed to post anything even remotely related to this subject, now would I? I do appreciate everyone's contributions to my poll, I feel pretty confident as far as which Distro to try next, one last quesiton though, does Slackwear come with a similar command to what Gentoo has? (as far as searching a prelisted set of FTP sites for a given program name, downloading it, compiling it, and installing it)
You're talking about 'emerge'? Not exactly and not by default, but there's 'swaret' - and there's 'slaptget' - written by a Debian dude, and 'slackpkg' or something like.