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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2003. This is your chance to be heard!


View Poll Results: Distribution of the Year
Red Hat 178 10.46%
Slackware 448 26.34%
Debian 173 10.17%
Mandrake 276 16.23%
Fedora 95 5.58%
Libranet 27 1.59%
Suse 160 9.41%
Arch 37 2.18%
VectorLinux 8 0.47%
Knoppix 69 4.06%
Gentoo 198 11.64%
LFS 32 1.88%
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Old 11-24-2003, 08:42 PM   #106
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Distribution: Gentoo
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GENTOO GENTOO GENTOO GENTOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOOOME ON NOT READY FOR THE DATA BASE!!?? I've worked with Red Hat 7.0-9.0, Slackware 9.0-9.1, Vector, Libranet, FreeBSD 5.1, OpenBSD 3.3, and NetBSD (Don't remember the version (soooo long ago )) and I just can't get Gentoo off my mind! And for all you "Gentoo is too hard" people JUST READ THE INSTALLATION FAQ and you will have a system up and running in no time and the ports system is amazing!!!!!!! VOTE GENTOOOOOOOO!!!!!
Old 11-25-2003, 05:28 AM   #107
Registered: Jun 2003
Location: Warwick (
Distribution: Arch, Slackware 9.0, (knoppix standing by)
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yeah, gentoo's good, and I do like the ports system, but some how my gentoo install doesn't have the same pazazz that slack does... don't know why, but I'd go slack every time. Still, a stage one install is a lot of fun and very educational but can get damn tedious. My 2(euro)cents
Old 11-25-2003, 04:56 PM   #108
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: usa
Distribution: Slackware 9.1
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you just cant beat Slackware ; )
Old 11-25-2003, 05:35 PM   #109
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Originally posted by newpenguin
why Linux Questions always count LFS as a distribution.

i think its just a book.
Because it is a Distribution. You are actually building your own distro from scratch by reading the book to teach you how to do it.
Old 11-25-2003, 06:38 PM   #110
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I would say Knoppix, just for the void it filled and because it's a extremely valued addon for your other distro when things don't go as you would want them to...
And security is a issue with knoppix as the apps are tamper free, the data depends on it's user of course...
Knoppix on DVD could be a killer distro...
Old 11-25-2003, 06:43 PM   #111
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LFS is a distro, a book and mainly insight...

I believe LFS is mandatory if you really want to get grips of how GNU/Linux really is all put together...
I do not meen just copy what they say but really go search on how and why all these dependencies came about during the lifespan of GNU/Linux and earlier Unices...
Old 11-26-2003, 08:32 PM   #112
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Gentoo, for the amazing documentation. Gentoo, for ease of use. Gentoo for that beautiful portage, how nice it is to emerge things. Gentoo because portage doesn't just download and compile packages, it helps you configure them too. Gentoo because if you want to be 2 years behind you can be, if you want to be bleeding edge you can be, and anything in between.

Gentoo because the tools help you to get stuff done.

And gentoo for the great bunch of ppl who use it :-) and who have helped me so much!
Old 11-28-2003, 12:26 AM   #113
Registered: Oct 2002
Location: Stoughton, MA
Distribution: Gentoo x86_64 & PPC
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Alright. I spent today installing Gentoo from a stage1 tarball so the next few days of vacation will be spent benchmarking and comparing it with Slack Pretty cool so far (fast!), but I still have a way to go. Typing this from Links right now while working on getting all the packages I need

Just might have a convert here...

Last edited by Scruff; 11-28-2003 at 12:28 AM.
Old 11-28-2003, 04:41 AM   #114
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I voted for Slackware, of course!

But maybe Mepis Linux could become a new star at the Linux sky within the next few months. Looks pretty good
Old 11-28-2003, 06:58 AM   #115
Registered: Nov 2002
Location: NZ
Distribution: freeBSD, slack
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slack rocks
Old 11-28-2003, 08:10 AM   #116
Registered: Jun 2002
Location: Texas
Distribution: Slackware 10.1
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God said "Let there be light!" And there was Slackware and God said "This is good!"

I try a new distro from time to time but I keep comming back to Slack.
Old 11-28-2003, 08:55 AM   #117
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Location: Mays Landing, NJ
Distribution: Suse
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I just installed Suse Linux last week and I'm pretty happy with it. I did have RedHat installed but found it frustrating. I really like Yast. I will be wiping and reinstallng Suse tonight.

I am curious as to what license issues people are having with Suse.
Old 11-28-2003, 10:32 AM   #118
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I voted LFS. I just like the idea of it. But then again, I am a do-it-yourselfer, so it fits my personality. I have gone from Redhat to Mandrake to Slack, and the following is true: Once you go slack, you never go back. The only thing I can say to that is, LFS is the only step beyond Slack, but Slack is truely a wonderful thing. YAY LINUX!
Old 11-29-2003, 05:45 AM   #119
Registered: Jun 2003
Location: Reading, UK
Distribution: Debian 3.0, LFS
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Distribution: Slack now, LFS later
Do it now. It's great.
Old 11-29-2003, 05:06 PM   #120
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Distribution: Slackware 10 Ubuntu + Ubuntu amd64
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Slack slack slack and more slack

Feel more in touch - maybe I would be just as happy with gentoo or debian - not going there just yet though


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