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Old 04-08-2006, 12:17 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Haiyadragon
The way that I see it is that advanced users that would be able to handle Slackware wouldn't ask this question. Nobody should use Slackware unless they know that they're doing.

I've seen too many questions from newbies running into trouble because somebody told them <Slackware, Gentoo, ...> is the best distro for everyone.

Ubuntu is a nice allround distro, that would be my recommendation.
Slackware is really not that hard :-)
People shouldent start with that bloatware we call Mandriva, Fedora, Debian(there are others) because they tend to breast feed you, and you will stay non-linux expert for life.

btw
"Slackware for the sub-genuis"
 
Old 04-08-2006, 05:26 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by truthfatal
Maybe everyone should use Slackware until they know what they're doing....
That is good advice for IT folks who want to learn to admin a box, but for the average user it's actually very bad advice when Mandriva, SuSE, Ubuntu(/Kubuntu/nubuntu/etc_), Linspire, and many other distributions are very nearly plug & play - and are actually easier to set up than Windows.

Gentoo and Slackware is actually bad advice for the majority of casual users.

How to choose a distribution:

1. Query this messageboard for the "which linux" or "which distro" every newbie seems to ask (obviously without first searching)
2. Read the threads that come up (there are at minimum scores, more likely hundreds)
3. Check out distrowatch
4. Download several, try them

You are now an informed consumer. Pick one.

There isn't any possible "which distro" question you can ask which would make your particular question different from every single other person who has asked the same question here already.
 
  


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