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Old 06-21-2009, 07:20 AM   #1
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best complete rolling release distribution

Which is best rolling release distribution with all codecs inside for 64 bit pc, for newbies?

What that means is you install once, keep upgrading, never reinstall, maintain the newest versions of every Linux kernel and package available keeping your existing confs the same without the need for a 6 month release cycle.
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Originally Posted by Alelinux View Post
Which is best rolling release distribution with all codecs inside for 64 bit pc, for newbies?

What that means is you install once, keep upgrading, never reinstall, maintain the newest versions of every Linux kernel and package available keeping your existing confs the same without the need for a 6 month release cycle.
Hmm, it has to be:
1. rolling release
2. all codecs
3. 64 bit
4. newbie friendly

If it were not for point four I would have suggested Gentoo. Even otherwise the following are my suggestion:
1. Arch Linux (my personal favourite)
2. Sidux (familiar Debian environment)

Once you cross the newbie stage you may also try
3. Gentoo
4. LFS
5. current/testing/unstable/rawhide (or whatever they call it) branch of most of the distros...

Hope you have good broadband connection...
Old 06-21-2009, 08:13 AM   #3
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Arch Linux and Gentoo are not user friendly
I wish something like Linux Mint user friendly way without the 6 months reinstall cycle
Old 06-21-2009, 08:27 AM   #4
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Gentoo is user friendly ... it just demands that it friends can read the install guides.

It can also be used by beginners to Linux as long as they are installing Gentoo for the right reasons.
Gentoo is not for beginners who just want a distro to use. It demands that they also want to understand what they do and why.
I freely admit to being biased but I have helped several beginners (to linux and gentoo) through their first install.
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Very few distros have all the multimedia codecs because of legal issues, it is easy enough to install them.

Arch, Gentoo, and sidux or Debian Sid are the best rolling releases you will find. sidux is probably the easiest and fastest to install, 5 minutes to install on most systems.If you use smxi for upgrades you will have few problems and exnoodles can install the multimedia stuff in 5 minutes. The install on this pc is 2 yr old, the install on my other pc is 5 yrs old. I started with Linux with Kanotix then when sidux started moved to sidux, I knew absolutely nothing about linux when I first started.

System: Host craigevil Kernel 2.6.30-0.slh.1-sidux-686 i686 (32 bit) Distro sidux 2007-04.5 - Έρως christmas special - kde-full - (200712260138)
CPU: Single core Intel Pentium 4 (HT) cache 1024 KB flags (sse3 nx lm) bmips 5586.11
Clock Speeds: (1) 2793.057 MHz (2) 2793.057 MHz
Graphics: Card Intel 82915G/GV/910GL Integrated Graphics Controller X.Org Res: 1280x1024@60.0hz
GLX Renderer Mesa DRI Intel 915G GEM 20090418 2009Q1 x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version 1.4 Mesa 7.4.1 Direct Rendering Yes
Audio: Card Intel 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) High Definition Audio Controller driver HDA Intel
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Version 1.0.20
Network: Card Intel 82562ET/EZ/GT/GZ - PRO/100 VE (LOM) Ethernet Controller driver e100 at port dcc0
Disks: HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (13.9% used) 1: /dev/sda 160.0GB
Partition: ID:/ size: 103G used: 21G (22%)
Info: Processes 92 Uptime 1 day Memory 186.3/492.9MB Client Shell inxi 1.0.16
Old 06-21-2009, 02:10 PM   #6
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You might want to also consider a distro with long term support rather than a rolling release. Centos (RHEL clone) has a five year support life and is free to download/update(unlike RHEL). Relatively few people keep the same PC/OS for longer than five years. While the major release numbers of packages within Centos(and RHEL) do not change, all the packages are fully back patched to cover security and hardware support to current levels.

You are going to SEVERELY limit yourself by requiring the codecs being within the distro. Virtually all the distros have a simple means of installing all the common codecs.

You can run 32bit OSs on a 64bit PC. So it was a little unclear if you wanted a true 64bit distro or one that would run on a 64bit PC.

Newbie friendly is a very relative term. Take a person who has never run a computer and introduce them to Linux. They will do just fine. Take a person who is a M$ "expert" and introduce them to Linux. They will be totally screwed. M$ people tend to think that the way M$ does things is the way computers work (it is not). In order to effectively use Linux you HAVE to think in Linux. Trying to think M$ and run Linux will just cause problems. This is very similar to speaking a foreign language.
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Maybe Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) is another option?
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SABAYON LINUX is the best rolling-release distro

In my opinion, Sabayon Linux is the best rolling-release distro out there that is newbie friendly. It is based on Gentoo and it has bleeding-edge latest packages available. Everything just works out of the box.

It is much easier to use than Arch and there is a GUI for installing software plus an update manager that keeps your packages up-to-date.

Once you install Sabayon, all you need to do is just "roll-over" with all the latest updates regularly and you do get the latest version of Sabayon.

Please check them out.
Old 05-08-2010, 02:41 AM   #9
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I recommend Ubuntu and CentOS easy to upgrade after every new release.
Out of this, Ubuntu has been my favourite.
Just bring in Windows You can use Wubi which will direct you direct installation to Linux.
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I've heard people recommend PCLinuxOs.
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Old 05-08-2010, 09:04 AM   #11
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Why does it have to be rolling release?
It is very easy to simply reinstall Ubuntu every 6 months. I do it with every new release, and I never have problems.
It takes me less than 20 minutes to install Ubuntu. It then takes perhaps another hour, at the most, to get the updates, reinstall all the programs and codecs I need and set things up the way I like them. I have never considered this to be a problem at all.
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