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Old 06-03-2003, 12:50 PM   #1
LizardMan
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Smile What is so awesome about your distro!


I think one of the greatest things about Linux is all the different flavors to choose from. Its almost as if you can tell what kind of person someone is by what distro they are using. So, tell us what distro is your cup of tea, and what exactly makes it perfect for you. Maybe even what you think they could do better. I guess Ill be the first...

Personally, Ive been a fan of SuSE every since I found out about it (around the 7.0 time). I had found out about Linux, and being the total dork that I am, I had to check it out and see if Microsoft had anything to worry about. I gave RedHat a try and that didn't really do t for me. I just thought it was too hard to configure. So a friend of mine was like "Hey, newb! Get yourself some Mandrake! Its what all the baby linuxers get their feet wet with!" So I did. I kinda thought the same thing. Lots and lots of commands I needed to learn in order to keep my monitor from exploding.

Alas, I had just about given up. And while I was reformatting my HD to Fat32, low and behold my cousin calls and says "Stop right there! My penguin senses told me you were reformatting your HD to a Windows format! Don't give in to the dark side young learner! I shall give you the key!" And so he flew... I mean drove over with 7 nifty little CDs that had "SuSE 7.0" written on them. He showed me the greatest little tools Ive ever seen (YaST2 and SaX2). "Why... with these tools... I CAN TAKE OVER THE WORLD!" and I did... well, actually I just got my box up and running and X configured correctly so that it looked quite nice... but I mean... it kinda felt like taking over the world.

So thats why SuSE is my distro of choice. I like the configuration tools better than any Ive seen on the other distros. Of course the one thing I still hate about SuSE to this day is that they don't make ISOs available for the public. Oh well. We cant all be perfect.
 
Old 06-03-2003, 01:05 PM   #2
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Moved: More suitable in the Distribution forum.
 
Old 06-03-2003, 02:03 PM   #3
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sorry about that. I kinda relized that after I posted it too.
 
Old 06-03-2003, 03:29 PM   #4
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I think the mandrake control center is awesome, very easy. It is easier to just go into there and adjust your screen resolution that to go and modify you XF86Config file.
 
Old 06-03-2003, 03:50 PM   #5
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URPMI baby...URPMI

Otherwise, its linux that's awesome...a distro is just another facet
 
Old 06-03-2003, 10:44 PM   #6
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Slackware users are better lovers!
 
Old 06-04-2003, 06:28 AM   #7
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Ive heard good things about both Slackware and Gentoo. I really wanna give them a try, but I dont really have the space.
 
Old 06-04-2003, 10:02 AM   #8
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Well Bitta, if Slackware users are better lovers, then that must make us Arch/Gentoo/Debian users sex gods. I've gotta say, when I installed SuSE 8.1 I wasn't at all impressed (maybe just a bad run). It was rather buggy on my machine. For the longest time I was a diehard Mandrake fan, but then I realized that it was just so bulky and had so many things I didn't need. So moved onto Slack (8.1). I used that for about 3 months, like it, then I updated to 9 and HATED it. After that I reverted back to Mandrake and had my own thing going on with that for another month till I found Arch Linux. Honestly I've never been more comfortable distro than Arch. I love the command line and using nano to edit all my files because it allows me to know EXACTLY whats going on with my configuration files. Those config tools are handy when you're a n00b but they are a nostalgic memory for us MS haters lol. I'd prefer to manually edit all my configuration files than to bother with control centers. I'd also like to add that the excellent part of Arch is it has a binary package system similar to apt-get (Debian) which allows me to pick and choose what I want to install, and the good thing is that the apps are kept much more up to date than the apt-get packages. I really love my distro for the hands on I get from it and wouldn't trade it for anything. Another plus for Arch is the fact that most users that switch from any other distro to Arch have a faster computer, Arch seems to run MUCH faster than other distro's, even gentoo. Though mind you Arch is only for i686 processors. If you're looking for something that won't take hours to install and has excellent power, then use Arch, cuz Arch users are sex gods .
 
Old 06-04-2003, 01:20 PM   #9
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me, im a redhat user, not to say the other distros are inferior in any way, because the are not. after all they are linux, but i just prefer redhat as sort of a 'middle of the road' distribution in terms of skill level, not to hard, and not to o easy either
 
Old 06-04-2003, 02:43 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally posted by darin3200
I think the mandrake control center is awesome, very easy. It is easier to just go into there and adjust your screen resolution that to go and modify you XF86Config file.
You know what's even easier? ctrl-alt-( + or - ) to adjust your resolution..
 
Old 06-04-2003, 02:54 PM   #11
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I love RedHat, why? Well, RH is not barebone while not being full of bloat.
Also, configuring manually is much more easily in RH, cuz the configuration files are smaller(less comments), and better organised than in other distros(Compare Mandrake's (saw only ver. 8.1) XF86Config with RH's).

Only thing I dislike is that with RH 8 you cannot choose 'real' filesystems for your partititions, only ext2 and ext3, which suck compared to XFS.
 
Old 06-06-2003, 03:16 PM   #12
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Slackware man, slackware all the way.

been doin the user friendly distro thing (mandrake/redhat/suse) for about a year now, i decided that i actually wanted to learn linux, so last week i installed slack.

Slackware is beauty in simplicity, you dont need big bubbly graphical installers and GUI only config tools. c'mon guys, what are we, windows users? Slackware doesnt hold your hand, but it doesnt shove you out into the dark either. It has a great collection of utilities, the packages on it are want in a base system (they assume you are able to install your own software *shock*) and the amount of support and documentation is enough to walk you through how to do things properly.
 
Old 06-07-2003, 11:46 AM   #13
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Debian does it for me, apt is excellent!
 
Old 06-07-2003, 04:45 PM   #14
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Debian man here, apt-get baby,

P.S

apt-get moo

 
Old 06-08-2003, 01:21 PM   #15
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Slack9!!! Woo hoo!!!!
 
  


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