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Old 09-07-2008, 12:58 PM   #1
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need help finding a new distro

hi guys, new to the forum, heres my story

im running ubuntu 6.10, but Im on dialup and i cant upgrade now without doing a clean install of 8.04 apparently, and to be honest id prefer to find a better distro if im going to have to go through the trouble of installing a new setup, im at my friends hooked up to his high speed at the moment, but I was wondering if there is a distro out there that is free to d/load, has better dialup support than ubuntu, I have a pctel modem and i also have the driver file from the linux modems site, is there a distro that does that better and also doesnt require the constant updating to continue to support the OS?

any help you guys have would be deeply appreciated before i start d/loading 8.04...i have used mandrake a long time ago so im not scared to try a new distro
Old 09-07-2008, 02:34 PM   #2
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Debian maybe? Maybe Gentoo if you're into that kind of stuff. And by stuff I mean compiling a lot.
Old 09-07-2008, 03:12 PM   #3
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Welcome to LQ!!

Suggestion: Break up your run-on sentences into shorter ones---it will make things much easier to read and understand.

I really doubt that there are substantive differences in distros for something specific like dialup. Also, changing distros to solve a particular issues can lead to frustration and tail-chasing.
No distro requires constant updating---as long as your system is working well, you never need to update.

I would stay with Ubuntu at least until you get everything working.
Old 09-07-2008, 03:14 PM   #4
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if you like Ubuntu then dl and burn the Ubuntu 8 install disk . or for almost all distros you can buy a install dvd and have it mailed to you for $5 to $20 US .in the US "Best Buy is, or will be, selling a Ubuntu dvd for $20 with 60 days tech support
Old 09-08-2008, 04:05 AM   #5
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Ubuntu will send you cd/dvd free of charge, unless it has changed recently.
Old 09-08-2008, 04:15 AM   #6
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Frankly, I don't know of a single distro that requires updating. Whether you update or not, that is your own decision. In fact, I have been running 8.04 and the number of updates has been reasonable, certainly compared will leading edge distros like Fedora. 8.04 is LTS - supported for 3 years - so not simply one phase in the evolution to the next release, which means fewer updates.

As for the hardware support, that is very much a kernel issue. There really won't be much of a difference between distros.
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Originally Posted by jay73 View Post
Frankly, I don't know of a single distro that requires updating.
Ubuntu 8.04 did require updates. Default installation (from dvd) had some X-related bugs which could be fixed only by update. However, many others could live without updating them. Still, user will need to download files for new programs eventually, so I think in this case slackware or maybe gentoo could be better - because program source normally has smaller size than compiled distribution-specific package.

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Old 09-08-2008, 04:57 AM   #8
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I would be careful with gentoo, though. Things can get seriously messy if you neglect updates for several months and you suddenly feel like doing an update. Slackware might be better then.

And there is a respin of the ubuntu installer, by the way:

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Old 09-10-2008, 12:08 PM   #9
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thanks for all the replies

To clear up the update issue, I went to install some software through synaptic, and it seems that it cant find many of the repositories or files. I was told this was because 6.10 is no longer supported. This is the main reason I was thinking about updating. 6.10 has worked pretty well for me so far, but I was already thinking of taking a look at other distros.

I have requested the latest ubuntu disk and it is on its way. I will also look into slackware.




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