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Old 04-16-2011, 05:56 PM   #1
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Wich linux should i use?

Well, i'm kind of new to Linux, i had linux mint for 3-4 weeks, but it seems like it's too simple, i want to try something new, and i tried ubuntu and didn't like it at all, and now i wanted to try fedora but i couldn't boot that one, but i could boot linux and ubuntu from desktop,
but only thing i ask now, which linux is the best linux i can use? I want a kind of advanced, but still where i can play Linux games.. and use Hamachi and skype xD
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Many people swear by arch.
For really hard core, there is Linux by Scratch. You are certain to learn about Linux when you compile and configure everything.

openSuSE and Mandrive are probably as easy as Mint, and not what you are looking for. But openSuSE has the best KDE setup, if that is what you are looking for.

You should really visit the distrowatch site to explore different Linux distributions.
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Thanks for the link
Btw, i see you are using the Fedora 14, can i get you'r msn or something ? Need to ask, but ask in forum isn't that helpful as a chat via msn :P
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Try Gentoo. It should keep you busy for a few days.
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The thing with Linux is that any distro you use can be as advance as you want. You just have to dig a little, just as far as the terminal... then the magic happens. I use Ubuntu and if I want to get down and dirty, I just open up the terminal and tweak some config files.

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If you really want to learn the ins and outs of Linux, Linux From Scratch is the way to go. If you want a distro that you can install quickly and then get into, Fedora is pretty good. Like MetaMan said, though, every Linux is as deep as you want it to be. Boot into shell and run from there. Learn to us Vi and Emacs. Learn shell scripting.
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If you are using to Mint, then a debian variant would be the easiest learning curve.

Debian stable is pretty simple. Probably a bit to old for a lot of users.

Debian-testing or LMDE (linux mint debian edition, based on debian testing) would be the next easiest. Being rolling relase, you should get newer keernels, programs etc, fairly often.

Debian sid or Aptosid are the most challenging of the debain variants, far more likely to break something when you update than testing or LMDE. Its not that fun if (when?) you break soemthing, but you'll learn a lot trying to fix it.

If you want to get away from debian, arch is a good choice. I'd give Debian testing a go before you try arch, but I'm biased.

LFS (linux from scratch) is a good way to learn stuff, but its not easy for a new user. Gentoo might be a bit easier, but still, its not that easy either. All that compiling can get pretty boring as well...
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Many people swear by arch.
Me being one of them
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I suggest slackware. It's got a nice package system but it's still a mostly-command-line driven distro. Meaning most configuration is done via command line. The default desktop environment is kde
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As per post #6, just open up a terminal and away you go
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If you want to learn and understand linux I would suggest slackware. Do the full install and it will come with about 40 games, 9 different window managers and loads of really good packages. It has an excellent package manager that leaves you in full control of the system. Download the version 13.1 stabil version and when you get ready for the latest and greatest just upgrade it to current. The slackware forum is just full of very polite knowledgeable people ready to help.
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I will echo the recommendations for Slackware.

It's easy to get up and running with a complete interface, unlike Arch, Gentoo, or LFS, but Slackware expects you to RTFM and configure it by editing text files in /etc. In that process, you learn a lot about how Linux is structured.

You might want to listen to Dann's discussion of LFS on the TLLTS podcast.


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