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Old 10-02-2007, 12:28 AM   #1
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Which Version of Linux do you use/recommend?


I haven't used Linux for a few years and I'm back at Uni again using Linux...

At uni on a desktop level they use Fedora, I'm not sure about the servers we SSH into...

I was wonder what version of linux people like to use, and why you like it so much.

Old 10-02-2007, 12:42 AM   #2
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Hi there! This is a favourite question, asked by many people here. The answers, if you listen long enough, will direct you to try out every distribution on the planet. And every one of them is subjective.
May I suggest doing a little bit of searching here, for a query perhaps like "which linux recommend" or "best distro" or "which linux" and check out some of the plethorae (yes, multiple plethoras) of posts that exist on the subject.

Personally, I love Slackware, but again, there are so many threads about "what's so great about Slackware" that you will be able to find all the information you seek, just by doing a little bit of searching.

Welcome to LQ I hope you find the info you are looking for!

Old 10-02-2007, 02:28 AM   #3
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Which distribution of Linux

Everyone has their favorite. Some are more suited to newbies, so are more suited to oldies and some are suited to the more technical. Slackware has been around the longest and Debian not far behind it. There are plenty of forks from these distributions attempting to make it easier or to customize in a certain way and plenty of others aside to choose from.

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What do I use? Debian (well Sidux) laptop and Arch on Desktop, but I started with Xandros, Suse and Ubuntu. Why do I like Sidux and Arch, well mostly with Sidux it is debian unstable made easy, fast, up to date and works well on this laptop. It has also been pretty reliable and some a great script for updating the whole system. Arch I like simplicity, speed and community and being up to date. I also have respect for Debian and the community is great.

Good Luck and welcome back

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Old 10-02-2007, 02:37 AM   #4
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PCLinuxOS 2007

This is the distro I use and recommend, Why because it works right out of the box. No need to configure Everything, everything just works. It also comes as a 1 CD install that is a live CD that you can install later if you wish.


Also try out this Distro chooser:

Old 10-02-2007, 03:21 AM   #5
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I use Slackware, simply because it gives you, the user, greater control over the configurability of your system. All you need to know to start off is the hardware you have on your box, everything else can be learned along the way. is a great learning resource for the basics on the Slackware system.
Old 10-02-2007, 03:28 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by dafunks View Post
I use Slackware, simply because it gives you, the user, greater control over the configurability of your system. All you need to know to start off is the hardware you have on your box, everything else can be learned along the way. is a great learning resource for the basics on the Slackware system.
this is a long argument, who is the best linux distro. it doesnt matter what flavor you use or you doesnt recommend. what matters is your understanding how to do what's right or wwrong and securing your applications.
Old 10-02-2007, 04:42 AM   #7
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There is no "best Linux", there is just "the best for me".

(Not that I don't like a nice flamewar about editors, distributions, Gnome versus KDE... Perl versus Python versus Ruby... I'm looking forward to XGL versus AIGLX and Gimp versus Krita... )

I started with Slackware in the early 90ies, tried several Suses, used Caldera, Red Hat, Debian, Gentoo, Ubuntu, made my own with Linux From Scratch, gave all the free BSDs a try, worked on HP-UX and AIX and ...

went back to Slackware a few years ago.

Since then, I'm more or less tired of new distributions.
Old 10-02-2007, 06:28 AM   #8
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It's all a matter of personal choice. Just try a few and make your own mind up.
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Definitely a matter of personal choice, but, if Uni is using RH Fedora for desktops, (and prob some kind of RH / Centos for servers to K.I.S.S.), it'll make your life 'simpler' if you use the same ... ie you won't have to worry about distro variation.
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My favorite desktop is Gnome. That is if the PC is fast enough. Also I've gotten use to apt, aptitude and DEB packages to add programs and keep then up to date, so I Lean to Debian based distributions. Right now I run Ubuntu on my desktop and laptop. (Both P4s w/a gig of ram).
I have a P2 400 w/384MB ram. Ubuntu kinda slow on it but its good enought to play around with different distributions. Right now it got xUbuntu, DSL, Puppy, and XP on it.

The nice thing about Linux is it can be as stable or as bleeding edge as you like.
Old 10-04-2007, 07:29 AM   #11
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well this is not any ones answer well this is what you want not what other people want but sence you ask might as well give you answer to youre post well the os i think is fedora core7 an the one that is comming out is fedora core 8 but it is still in test 2

an ( WELCOME BACK TO LINUX )!!!!!!!!!!!

-Eddy (gundumfx)


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