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View Poll Results: Whats the best distro youve ever used???
Slackware 40 30.30%
Red Hat 29 21.97%
Gentoo 8 6.06%
Mandrake 16 12.12%
Suse 18 13.64%
Caldera 1 0.76%
Debian 17 12.88%
Other please specify in a post 3 2.27%
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Old 08-24-2002, 08:11 AM   #61
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I think a lot of people think easy is best at first, then after having used linux and learned a lot about it, will start to change their opinion of what the best really is.

I don't like saying which one is best because I like more than one distro for different reasons.
Old 08-24-2002, 08:19 AM   #62
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As is shown in your "Distribution" section under your username I see

That's a pretty good variety there David.
Old 08-24-2002, 09:19 PM   #63
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I have a few more, but thought it was getting a little long.
Old 08-25-2002, 08:56 AM   #64
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Location: MN USA
Distribution: slakware 9.0
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Slak is the first and only distro I've used. One of the things that drew me to it is the same thing that makes others try other distros. Command line interface and configure by editing text files. Similiar to Doze for Workgroups and the .ini files.

If I get around to trying other distos they would probably be LFS, Debian, or Gentoo
Old 08-27-2002, 07:05 AM   #65
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Location: Dayton, Ohio
Distribution: Suse 8.0
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I use Suse. It works for me
Old 08-27-2002, 08:53 AM   #66
Registered: Aug 2002
Distribution: Slackware 8.1
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People, I am using Slack 8.1 for two weeks. And I am very satisfied with it.
Slack gives me full control over the system, and it is really interesting to explore everything by yourself, so Slack gives me this possibility.

For example when I used Red Hat all my hardware was configured by the system. But in Slack I had to configure everything by myself. It was very interesting and exciting [ eksaiting ] , I have explored a lot of interesting thing about linux. So IMHO Slack is the best!
Old 08-27-2002, 01:00 PM   #67
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once you apt-get youll never go back...
guess who got my vote?
Old 08-27-2002, 04:42 PM   #68
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moved, belongs here in the distro forum
Old 08-29-2002, 05:17 AM   #69
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i voted gentoo linux
well installing gentoo is a time consuming and hard for newbies like me but once you install it is the easier distro.i have an old pentium 2 350 mhz and gentoo runs great on it.just try it and you will see that gentoo rocks.simply the best
Old 12-26-2002, 08:49 PM   #70
Registered: Dec 2002
Location: West Texas
Distribution: Ubuntu Hardy
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I voted Suse. I ahve played with Linux off and on for about two years now in search of "a desktop my wife would use". If you dont appease your wife, well what can I say!! Any how, Suse seems to have very few bugs that have to be ironed out, and it has a wonderful GUI. Everything from its Yast control center, to its own package manager and its ease of installing new stuff, it is just an all around good distro.
Old 12-26-2002, 09:11 PM   #71
Registered: Oct 2002
Location: Washington D.C, USA
Distribution: Slack 12, Etch, Gutsy
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Slack, because it does not get in your way.

Tight, clean, fast, reliable. Enough said.

Gentoo or LFS would be my second choice, but I never get a warm feeling about the reliability factor of either as you keep them up to date.
Old 12-26-2002, 09:42 PM   #72
Registered: Oct 2002
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Originally posted by wartstew
I guess he got tired of this thread being dominated by us Slackers! How did it get this way anyhow? I mean Slackware is a popular distribution, but it is far from being the most popular one out there. You would think otherwise if you read

I just read an article that stated that most open-source developers use Debian. Interesting.
Not to downplay the love of Slackers everywhere but maybe part of Slacks lead is the Slackware forum? Many other distros have their own little (or big) discussion areas at the distros site. This appears to be the main one for Slack.

The only thing I can slight Slack on is it's lack of dependency checking. But to be honest it has never been a problem for me. I had to hunt down dependencies once or twice but it was not that hard. (Except once where I could/can not figure out the dependencies on a driver for a VIA Epia-m built in graphics. Darn via for only supplying compiled rpms.)


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