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Old 02-08-2006, 11:06 PM   #1
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Selecting a Distro

I'm looking for a stable distribution of linux primarily for C++ programming and maybe windows emulation. Can anyone give me some good suggestions? I tried Slackware with some luck, and just tried installing Fedora Core 4 four times (with failure each time, due to different errors).
Old 02-08-2006, 11:22 PM   #2
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Probably the most stable distro out there is Debian Sarge (3.1). Not bleeding edge, but it's rock solid and mostly used on production servers.

Take the two quizes below to help you pick a distro.
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I highly recommend, assuming you have some time, playing around. I tried about 30 distros before settling on SuSE 10 as the "one for me." I also have gentoo going because I really wanted to try portage. I may try RR64(Gentoo based multimedia geared distro) instead when it hits release, but the current version is a beta and it cannot and willnot recognize my ethernet.
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I would have to second the Debian nomination. It can be as up-to-date as you want utilizing their stable/testing/unstable branches. It is relatively easy to setup and a breeze to keep updated.

Gentoo is nice, their portage system is quite cool. However, if fedora poses problems for install, I would not recommend Gentoo, unless they now have an installer. Without an installer, the Gentoo install is quite difficult for the average person.

Debian is my distro of choice. I do some programming, although not as much as I used to. While I don't use windows emulation, I do use virtualization software to run multiple OS's under linux for testing/simulation.

Happy installing


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