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Old 06-07-2005, 06:03 AM   #1
Registered: Dec 2004
Location: New York
Distribution: Slackware
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Which distro should I try? (Already using Slack Current)


Before any flaming goes on, let's be reasonable.

Alright, so when I started using Linux, I started on Slackware. Everyone I talked to said it would be hard, and I found it relatively easy...yet I haven't tried any other distros. If I'm using linux solely for educational purposes (trying to understand computers at a grassroots level), hacking, and programming...which would you guys recommend? Should I just stay with Slack? I know Ubuntu's out, and a lot of Slack guys are switching over.

It seems that what really matters is the desktop environment (I assume I obviously am not doing the right things for this to be true). What would you recommend if I'm looking for a distro that will challenge and improve me?

Thanks ahead for not flaming!

Old 06-07-2005, 06:11 AM   #2
Registered: Mar 2004
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Should get you started
Old 06-07-2005, 06:21 AM   #3
Registered: Sep 2004
Location: Vestfold, Norway
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Well.. I'm a fellow slacker, and I use 10.0 haven't made the switch up to current.
A couple of my friends have tried to convince me to use SuSE because it's so easy, everything works, and so on..
At present I have no desire or plan to move from Slack. I simply love the distro.
(I have, however tried others before I tried Slack.. Haven't tried any more since though..)

Old 06-07-2005, 07:04 AM   #4
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'Just spoke with the founder of BlackSun RF (, and he suggested Gentoo. I'm LIVEcd'n it as we speak right now. My cousin, who got me into Linux, was using Gentoo. He wasn't very knowledgeable at the time, however, and I got the impression that Gentoo was for noobs -- now, of coure, I have the opposite impression. We'll see how it goes!


P.S. I think I'll save LFS for later down the road (since I'm under the impression that you are building from scratch...) I might look at it later this week and maybe I'll make it a summer project. Thanks guys!
Old 06-07-2005, 07:06 AM   #5
Registered: May 2003
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Distribution: Fedora Core 4 with XFCE
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I am currently with Fedora Core 3. I don't have any major complaints yet. Everything I need works, somethings I don't NEED but might like to try out haven't (and I gave up after many hours of frustration).

But, FC3 is stable and runs well. Its reasonably user friendly. However, I have not tried many other distros.
Old 06-07-2005, 12:03 PM   #6
Registered: Mar 2005
Location: Devon, England
Distribution: Slackware 10.1, Ubuntu 5.04
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If there was one distro i could suggest for experence it would be gentoo. Debian also, but gentoo teaches you a lot about how linux works. LFS (Linux from scratch) sounds great for your cause, but it takes forever to get everything together lol
Old 06-10-2005, 03:24 PM   #7
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Are you using Slackware?? You just can test Slackware based...
Old 06-10-2005, 08:00 PM   #8
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What about Arch Linux? I am just downloading it. I'll post a review here or in my blog for you to read sometime soon.

I believe (from what people have said in these forums) that Arch is similar to Slackware, but with a package management system.

Old 06-10-2005, 09:22 PM   #9
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LFS is a great suggestion. debian would be good, too, imho. arch is too easy, hardly anything goes wrong and the developers are on top of most everything.

Last edited by synaptical; 06-10-2005 at 09:23 PM.
Old 06-11-2005, 11:13 PM   #10
Registered: May 2004
Location: USA
Distribution: #1 PCLinuxOS -- for laughs -> Ubuntu, Suse, Mepis
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Try Mepis or Knopppix .. both are live so you can check out they will detect your hardware.
New Knoppix has all the new goodies .. openoffice and kde etc.
I have tried almost EVERY OTHER DISTRO .. beyound the top 10 you are playing with fire or junk :=((( take your pick.
Almost all have one or the other problem and aren't worth wasting a lot of time on considering there are multiple release EVERY day.

Suse 9.3 is not free .. 9.2 is passable but slow .. I generally like debian (apt) based distro's rather than rpm based one's t. Synapitc is an order of magnitude better than yum/urpmi etc. etc. etc


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