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Old 02-24-2009, 10:26 PM   #1
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Which Distro is right for Me??


Hi, I'm fairly new to Linux. Started dabbling about a month ago. Recently looked into games for Linux and was blown away! The only reason it wasn't my main OS 5 years ago was because I thought only M$ had good, up-to-date games, I was wrong.

I plan not only to use Linux, but become a "lower-expert" level buff . So after using Kubuntu for a few days, which is too easy, I tried Gentoo. Gentoo is extremely slow, after KDE took 11 hours to install... and didn't work off the bat...
Dell Inspiron 6000, 1.6GHz, 2Gb RAM, 64Mb Vid.
I tried Arch, another source compiler, but stated as faster, however I couldn't get internet connection to work and quickly formatted and installed Debian. Debian, although not all GUI like Kubuntu, is still a little too easy and main-lined for me.

I'm considering giving Archlinux another shot, although I don't have very high hopes.

I am looking for a Linux distro that will teach me a lot, not only while installing but while using over the years. I want something faster than Gentoo, yet somewhat personally configurable (Kubuntu being 0% personalized imo). I think something like LFS would be too deep for me atm (I'd consider myself a "lower-intermediate" user). I've looked at Crystal-ROCK linux, looks just like Gentoo/Arch, so I dono, might just try Arch again.

I want a distro that has been updated in at least the last year, has usable support (forums would likely be answered within a few days, ppl in the distro's IRC channel). And that is moderately to hard to use, but possible for someone who knows only simple programming.

Basically, I'd like a few more options to consider based on advise for my criteria. Thx for any ideas.

Sgw
 
Old 02-24-2009, 10:30 PM   #2
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Old 02-24-2009, 11:14 PM   #3
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Your choice of distribution will largely depend on your personal interest. If there is anything specific that you want to use Linux for, then browse http://distrowatch.org for something that suits you by concept.

If your interest in Linux is rather generic, then you should go for distributions that has a large number of tools available as an installation option. You will need a large hard disk, but installing (almost) everything will give you a lot to experiment with. Fedora, Suse, Debian, Ubuntu usually will serve such a concept well.

You can also opt for Knoppix, which has very good hardware support. It is a live CD/DVD actually, but it can be installed to hard disk. It uses KDE as the default GUI, though, so this might not be what you want. But give it a try, maybe your KDE problems had other causes as well.

If you are willing to learn bare bones UNIX and are not a fan of unnecessary eye-candy, then Slackware is a good choice. Maybe use Fluxbox, XFCE or WindowMaker as you window manager for a faster GUI interface.

Usually people who choose Linux on their own accord, tend to switch distributions a few times during the first years, before they stick to whatever worked the best for them.

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Old 02-25-2009, 06:30 AM   #4
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...fairly new to Linux....I plan not only to use Linux, but become a "lower-expert" level buff . So after using Kubuntu for a few days, which is too easy, I tried Gentoo.
But, am I right guessing that kde is your GUI of choice (at this stage)?

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Gentoo is extremely slow, after KDE took 11 hours to install... and didn't work off the bat...
Slow to build, rather than slow when built, I guess.

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I tried Arch, another source compiler, but stated as faster, however I couldn't get internet connection to work and quickly formatted and installed Debian. Debian, although not all GUI like Kubuntu, is still a little too easy and main-lined for me.
Arguably, you are giving up on distros too easily. If there is a problem with, eg, networking, why not use curing that as a way to understand how networking is set up?

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I'm considering giving Archlinux another shot, although I don't have very high hopes.I am looking for a Linux distro that will teach me a lot, not only while installing but while using over the years. I want something faster than Gentoo, yet somewhat personally configurable (Kubuntu being 0% personalized imo). I think something like LFS would be too deep for me atm (I'd consider myself a "lower-intermediate" user). I've looked at Crystal-ROCK linux, looks just like Gentoo/Arch, so I dono, might just try Arch again.
Just because something has a GUI doesn't mean that its the right tool for every circumstance. For a lot of admin tasks, it will always be the wrong tool...and when it is the wrong tool, why not use and learn the right one?
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Basically, I'd like a few more options to consider based on advise for my criteria. Thx for any ideas.
In 'what distro' threads, someone who likes slack always jumps in with slack as their suggestion, whatever the question. In this case, it probably is the right suggestion. The others that you could consider (debian and derivates, the 'from sourcers') you seem to have already rejected (although your reasons for rejecting Kubuntu seem flawed; you could ignore the GUI, AFAIK you haven't tried setting up various system facilities (DNS, Squid, database, firewall, web server, ... depending on what you want out of it) and so don't know about those, and it is configurable if you try; and what about Ubuntu server?...although I still think slack may be more what you want).

I don't think Gentoo is at all slow in use when configured correctly, so I think that you probably did something wrong in the config.

One day, I hope to actually completely read the LFS manually. Until then, its beyond my reach and I guess it might be a rather large step for you too for a while.
 
Old 02-25-2009, 10:04 AM   #5
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:36 AM   #6
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Being a Newbie myself, I have Slackware 12.2 full, SuperUbuntu 8.10, and Xubuntu 8.04 installed on my PC. All Ubuntu's are easy to use and come with alot of tools, either already installed or through the Synaptic.
Slackware is great for learning Linux, but more suited to intermediate linux users. Ubuntu is more Windows-like to me, and easier to work with for a newbie.
The best way I can think of to find out what you want is to go download the "Qemu-launcher" or "Qemu", and start running different distro's in it till you find one you like.
This way you can evaluate each one without installing it.
For me it's Gnome window manager, an Ubuntu system and then try to add as many repositories as you can!
Also, read the Slackbook!
 
Old 02-25-2009, 12:39 PM   #7
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I've been using Ubuntu for over a year, but still haven't decided on which distro I really "like." I'm just not finished test driving other distros yet. Apparently a lot of new users find this annoying, but for me it's part of the fun!
 
Old 02-25-2009, 06:40 PM   #8
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Going to give Slackware a try-out next. I have been jumping around rather quickly, want to try as many as I can but not too deeply, then stick with my favorite and get to really trying stuff out. From linus72's post I decided it's a much better idea to have multiple distros for now, till I find what I'll stick with, instead of uninstalling one thats working. I do like KDE best atm, going to try out a tiling wm, Awesome, also. The problem was flag related.

Thanks for all the suggestions
 
  


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