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So many distros...

Posted 08-13-2008 at 09:11 AM by Eredeath


I started off on Ubuntu and got to know Linux in what I feel is its least complicated form. Everything was nicely compiled for me from after downloading from the universe, almost never had to touch the console, nice GUI to log in with and shutdown with… utterly boring! I learned very little.

So off I went searching for a distro that I can learn Linux on, and found Slackware, the oldest running Linux distro. Slackware does not have a package manager that will resolve dependencies it’s install is all text… this seemed the perfect distro to learn from.

I used Slackware for about a week… I had all the programs I wanted running, but it took me hours per program to get up and going. I was sacrificing sleep to compile programs; this isn’t how I wanted to use my computer. Yes I was learning, but the cost was affecting my performance at my job and the gym. So I formatted my disk J.

Onto Arch! I had an easier time installing Arch than I did Slack. The Wiki was excellent. Installation was not newbie simple, but not expert hard, it seemed to hit a good medium for me.
Once I had it installed I decided to try out a different windows manager. I had used Gnome in Ubuntu, KDE in Slackware… with nothing pre-installed on Arch I decided to try Xfce. I use this window manager on my USB Linux distro, Puppy, and thought I would like it as my regular desktop manager… Nope. I scrapped it and installed KDE and Gnome, thinking that having all the libraries and applications of both would be great!

How many times can I be wrong? Having both KDE and Gnome installed created many difficulties for me. Liking Gnome more than KDE I uninstalled KDE and am still running Gnome on Arch Linux.

Its been a little over a week and I’m loving Arch. Its easy package manager lets me choose what libraries I want to install, I start up in text and start xorg manually, and shutdown the same way. I feel like I have all the control I had in Slack with the ease of Ubuntu.

I think I have found my Linux distro, but I’ve been wrong before…
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