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Old 07-24-2003, 07:04 PM   #1
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I have browsed several web sites looking for the answer to the question that all newbies want to know, "Which is the easiest?" I am a sadist. So, which is the hardest? Slackware? Thanks in advance. Great forum by the way. Lots of knowledge around thses pages.
Old 07-24-2003, 07:56 PM   #2
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Most likely Slackware and Debian are the hardest distro's. They can just be newbie unfriendly when installing and learning to use the OS. Not many GUI tools and lots of hand editing that is.
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Welcome to LQ, James.

I would say that if you want to jump right into the deep end, you go for a distro like Slack or Debian and do not touch it - use it only to set up an LFS - Linux From Scratch - 'distro'. A true roll your own distro! Then you can remove your Slack or Debian.
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Slackware and Gentoo are involved - but - rewarding when set up
Old 07-24-2003, 09:38 PM   #5
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Gentoo is harder to use because it comes with no gui what-so-ever and you have to add your own. The install is long, but easy if you get the gentoo insturctions, and in the end it is highly optimized.
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The distro that does not recgonize your hardware, is outdated, and impossible to use or understand, would be the hardest. Some posts on this board claim that is any distribution you care to try.

Good Luck.

If you want tough, go for a Slack install and move straight to an LFS build.
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I tried turbolinux 6.1 server lite once, it didn't work to well
try this
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From what I've tried CORE was but it looks like they made it easy and started supplying precompiled kernels. Trying to compile a kernel as a newbie with no real idea what hardware you're running - just to get a working system *at all* - is an experience. But I was also downloading on dialup on a 686 and copying it over to a P100 and trying to deal with it there, so maybe that's just a personal impression. Debian has got to have the *most* ****ed up install of any surviving distro. I gather Gentoo isn't easy. Downloaded it, but haven't tried it yet. Slack's actually not all that hard, in a sense. The install isn't as pretty as some but it's no Debian installer. And the package manager is easy and the libraries and development tools are well-stocked so compiling's usually okay. But to get it really how you want it and really make it hum takes a lot of work. You'll definitely have a lot of apparent errors and spend a lot of time researching how to fix them. They're usually not errors but just a thing Slack expects you to configure. And maybe if you're unlucky with hardware it would be a real pain.

-- My mistake - maybe you do still need to compile the kernel. I misread it as binary, but it's just source. But it seems to all be on a CD now, with the source included. I just got a giant tarball and had to go find the kernel source for a second giant tarball and turn the two tarballs into a system.

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Old 07-25-2003, 09:39 PM   #9
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I am in the finishing stages of testing out some software on several different distributions because the software is somewhat distribution dependent. I installed Mandrake, Red Hat, Slackware, SuSE, and Yoper. I did some reconfiguration work on each distribution, ran some tests, and then overwrote the distribution with the next one I installed.

The two easiest distributions were Red Hat and SuSE. The hardest was Mandrake. Mandrake installs easily enough but I found Mandrake extremely hard to reconfigure to my standard test setup after the install. Mandrake was the only distribution I was forced to install twice.

Slackware requires a lot of fiddling in the install process but once installed it required little further tweaking to set up my test conditions.

Yoper was Ok but it still needs work. Yoper's immaturity shows.

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