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Old 08-15-2012, 12:42 PM   #1
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Unhappy 100% new to linux, Arch, Gentoo, or Fedora?

Okay, I'll start with I'm sorry for asking the biggest noob question ever but here it goes. What distribution should I use between Arch Linux, Gentoo, or Fedora. I have almost zero Linux knowledge. Right now I've gotten Arch installed and running in a virtual machine with KDE and love it but will be putting then one I chose on my laptop in the end. From what I understand Arch is bleeding edge and gets updates quickly, Fedora is a testing ground for Red Hat (not sure if I like that) and I don't know much of anything about Gentoo. I don't mind if the system breaks or its hard to use, the whole reason I'm doing this is because I want to learn how to use Linux ever sense I ran Ubuntu my first time years ago. So any help is appreciated, and thanks in advance.
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Welcome to the forum!!!

Interesting set of options for a beginner---normally--of those 3--we would only recommend Fedora for a beginnner.

Since you have Arch up and running, I'd stay with that a while. Otherwise, read more on the top distributions here:
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Arch is a fine choice for a motivated/techie Linux beginner with a strong desire to learn. I say this because of the excellent documentation; I sometimes even use the Arch wiki as a reference when using non-Arch distros!
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And I would not even recommend Fedora UNLESS
You DO want to learn the insides of a operating system .

like a mechanic working on an engine in a car

IF you DO want to get your " hands a bit dirty" and dig into an operating system

fedora would be good choice then .
Fedora IS a very VERY fast passed FAST development OS
and as such YOU the user will NEED to hack programs , from time to time,( even ones that are only 6 mo to a year old) to work on the VERY VERY NEW os that fedora is

One thing that Fedora has going for it is that it DOSE have A LOT of documentation
-- i do mean A LOT of it --
so there is a bunch of information
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If you want to learn , master what you got installed , then for fun install slackware and start hacking on that , the trouble with most distros for learning is that they all come with lots of wizards that handle configuring things for you. You won't learn much using them , Most of us old farts who got into computing with Linux started out when the distro came on sets of 5 inch floppies and once you successfully got it running on your hardware you were rewarded with a console prompt. You then started adding services for your server or applications for your desktop , getting your sound card to work was fun as was getting x windows to start , every thing now is handled with wizards , to make Linux more windows like. my advice is to explore what you got running , learn where things are located , what processes occur at boot time , how to control that , how to read system logs and what they are telling you. learn what "ps aux " does and what "top" shows you and start reading every script in your /etc directory.

have fun

Old 08-15-2012, 03:09 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the advice everyone and the quick replies. I'll be sticking with Arch for now
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None of the above. Mint.
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Originally Posted by kkiikki View Post
Thanks for all the advice everyone and the quick replies. I'll be sticking with Arch for now
Good. I think sticking with what you have currently and learn it to the guts is always a good idea.

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If you've got Arch installed, and kde running on it, then you're not as big a noob as you probably think. You will have already learnt about some things that others who've used other 'noob' friendly distros' for a year will not have even know. If you like bleeding edge software and constant updates, then Arch is one of or arguably the best choice.
I couldn't agree more with snowpine. The Arch wiki is one of the best out there, and i too have used it for other linux distros. It's ten times better than Debians; i hate trying to find anything in Debians, but Arches it topnotch.

good luck mate


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