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Last Review by azohunvey - posted: 10-05-2015 12:06 PM
After a few years far from linux (old hardware as around me stunning new that I didn't own) , I recently bought a laptop.
Didn't last long with w8 and looked for a linux distro : seeing the release date of the last slackware I tried last Debian.
A month later I'm back with slackware. Everything I really learnt was with this distro. So simple you can't mess with it, so stable that current is a pleasure to follow !
Switched to Rafaela to get a sample of newest features and stability. Wound up staying with it for the past 2 weeks, awaiting Kubuntu's distro. Love all the sleek features of Mint that I didn't expect. Especially compatibility with QT5.
This is a great distribution, and keeps it simple. This can lead to things being hard for newbies who don't want to edit text files. I was new to Linux and jumped right into this, and it wasn't hard. For some people it might be, though. It is great on restricted Internet plans as it isn't always updating and you can easily compile packages from source that you've downloaded elsewhere, etc.
As usual, gentoo uses a live cd/dvd install. In my case, I opted for the live cd version. After having my fun with booting it due to the fact that it was my first time with EFI, I noticed that the bare minimum approach might not be the easiest for beginners.
Compiling the kernel alone takes some understanding, although gentoo does have a command for that: genkernel . In my case, I compiled it manually. There are lots of options there, especially if you're a developer.
I use currently use Debian 7.5 (wheezy) with a Xen cloud platform as my main computer. In the past I've installed Debian successfully on all manner of hardware, including a Power Mac and a Fujitsu Lifebook. The stability, hardware adaptability, and documentation are IMO second to none.
I also want to say a word about the organization that is Debian, an ad-hoc structure often criticized for being unwieldy and slow to act. True perhaps, wrt corporate management models like Canonical or Red Hat, but the comparison is flawed: Debian is something else entirely. The lack of an over-arching executive authority isn't a weakness, it is in fact Debian's greatest strength. It fosters a consensus building process, the direct result of which is stable code and hardware agnosticism.