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Old 01-25-2007, 08:15 PM   #16
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The search utility here at LQ will pull up threads of the past with "all human response", not machine generated results. Simply said, the opinions in those threads are human generated opinions, not pre-programmed results.
 
Old 01-26-2007, 05:26 PM   #17
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Thanks, I've never been any good at searching properly. Thanks for your help, I only did this to be lazy and get out of searching properly because I've never been any good at it. Cheers guys thanks foryour advice. I'll post again when it doesn't install properly because I've done it wrong.

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Old 01-26-2007, 09:33 PM   #18
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My distribution of choice is Ubuntu because it auto detected allmy hardware and was fairly simple to configure.
 
Old 01-27-2007, 01:09 AM   #19
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Quote:
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Thanks for your help, I only did this to be lazy

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The truth shall set you free....

Fact is you don't have to be good at searching, you can just put in "Which distro" in a search, and you'll get 80 gazillion responses, and its "know nothing"...

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Old 01-28-2007, 09:47 AM   #20
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That last bit was, in fact, intentionally ironic.
 
Old 01-28-2007, 10:03 AM   #21
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Never mind, sorry

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Old 01-28-2007, 12:41 PM   #22
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Fedora & gentoo are famous & good

For newbies, professionals, and everyone, I would recommand, no doubts : Debian (etch) will make you happiest guy & wont make you loose you time, since they are the reference !!!
(avoid ubuntu if you try to make difficult things & require a working & stable distro)

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Old 01-28-2007, 01:01 PM   #23
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Mepis is the easiest distro there is. Easier then ubuntu
 
Old 01-28-2007, 08:00 PM   #24
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I've been wondering this same thing, which is the best distro. I appreciate your question, Havfunonline. I hear a lot of compliments on Debian. I hear it's more secure/stable than Fedora, but I am repeating what I hear and don't have experience with either, other than an inability to install Fedora, but it was an older distro. And I resorted back to Red Hat 9 until I find out which distro gets best reviews, simply because it's what I have on CD. It's possible you're looking for something secure, too; I heard Immunix is a secure distro, I have yet to find out if it has a GUI. You may not need that. I only ever heard of Immunix on one website, though. And the review, if I'm remembering it right, was a couple of years old. That's all I know, but I hope it helps.

Thank you for your question.
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Old 01-29-2007, 10:01 AM   #25
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Havfunonline, as usual with a "wich distro" thread, I've only browsed the responses...

So, for my response, Choose a distro that grabs your interest. The biggest difference between distros that a "basic user" will notice is the package management (The tool that installs software for you). I'm sure I could make my Zenwalk installation look exactly like any other distro if I really wanted to . Debian based distros [like Ubuntu] lean towards the programs dpkg, apt-get, and synaptic. RedHat distros [Fedora Core] can use rpm, yum, and yumex (I'm not sure what Mandriva or Suse use along with rpm). The Slackware and Slack-like [my personal favorite!] distros lean towards pkgtool and various pkgtool helpers (...probably the wrong word there...) like netpkg
Then there's Gentoo and its decendants It's great if you want an extremely optimized system and like watching things compile. (portage and emerge are excellent tools, once you learn how to use them properly.)

Debian based distros have an advantage in that the Debian package repositories are huge.
RedHat distros are great.. I don't know of any specific advantages... the Fedora Community is excellent though, as far as I recall.
Slackware (it doesn't have many 'child distros') uses a unique init system that is IMO much simpler to learn and configure, also, making your own Binary packages in Slack(and slack-based) distros is incredibly easy.
Gentoo has the advantage of automatically building from source almost every peice of software on your system. and since it installs as a very minimalistic distro (well... That may have changed in the last little while I don't know... but a stage 3 install is pretty bare-bones, let alone stage 2 or 1) only the programs and dependancies that you ask for will be installed.

(all of the above is possibly inaccurate, I'm just going by hearsay and hunch )

My first Distro was Slackware, I picked it because it had a cool name.

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