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Old 03-02-2013, 03:20 AM   #16
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:45 AM   #17
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I've been in the Debian family because MEPIS was the first distro where I figured out how to connect to my wireless network
This shouldn't be your primary motivation. I've always preferred to think like this: "If it works with Ubuntu/Mandriva/openSUSE/whatever, then I'll make it work in Slackware/Debian/CentOS".

Think like this for a few years, and you'll become quite proficient with even the most exotic hardware.
 
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:48 AM   #18
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Basically, I encourage you to stick with learning Slackware. You will get a lot from it.
Agreed. I am a long time fan of Debian and run it from time to time; it is an outstanding distro(at the moment I am running %100 Slackware). Both Slackware and Debian have strengths. In my considered opinion it is a worthwhile experience to become familiar with Slackware.
 
Old 03-02-2013, 11:51 AM   #19
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Yeah, I think you need to decide what it is you hope to gain from using Linux: if you just want to get up and running, and not really think about what makes Linux tick, then go with something like Mint, Ubuntu, openSUSE, Mageia, etc. If you really want to LEARN Linux, and you are drawn to the Slackware ethos, just jump right in and go for it. Ultimately, you'll be glad you did. Debian is also a very worthy distro, also rock-solid, with a lot to offer anyone willing to learn. It holds your hand more than Slackware, but it is a solid base to build upon. I'm not sure what your specific issues are with Debian politics/policies, etc., but the info/support network for it is great
 
Old 03-02-2013, 03:35 PM   #20
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Yeah, I think you need to decide what it is you hope to gain from using Linux: if you just want to get up and running, and not really think about what makes Linux tick, then go with something like Mint, Ubuntu, openSUSE, Mageia, etc.
I'm at an intermediate stage. I have become able to do a handful of things from the command line that I could use a GUI for, and can modify my distro extensively enough by adding and removing software that it probably doesn't look much like what its designer made; I consider Ubuntu-type distros patronizing; but I'm generally not prepared to do everything from the command line. My interest in what makes Linux tick is there but is limited. As a child, I liked played with blocks and building sets, and I have that attitude about trying new things with Linux; but...probably not very far below the level of installing software and remastering the distro and figuring out how to do things for my own convenience. The closer you get to issues that the Linux programmers have to care about, the less interested I am. For instance, someone mentioned not liking what VectorLinux does with the Slackware directory structure. I don't really care about the directory structure, and might not care about it even if I had been using Slackware proper for years.

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I'm not sure what your specific issues are with Debian politics/policies, etc.,
Are you asking? I've hesitated to bring it up, partly because I don't want to pick a fight with any Debian users and partly because it seems odd to use a Slackware forum to complain about Debian.

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Old 03-02-2013, 03:58 PM   #21
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Are you asking? I've hesitated to bring it up, partly because I don't want to pick a fight with any Debian users and partly because it seems odd to use a Slackware forum to complain about Debian.
No, not really asking, hahaha, I can probably guess, given the nature of Debian. But I wouldn't let that keep you from using it, if it otherwise works for you. Aptitude/apt-get is definitely a powerful package management system, there's a reason so many distros are based on Debian. I believe it was voted the #1 package management tool here at LQ recently, as well as Debian being the #1 server distro.
 
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