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Old 12-11-2004, 11:22 PM   #1
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Distribution Hell

Does anyone here recommend one distrobution? (lists off problems with his)

Fedora Core still uses xfree86 and with all the dependencies its almost impossible to remove it and use Xorg or X, and it also doesn't let you edit gnome menus. Say goodbye to launchers...

Debian is way outdate. It uses a 2.2.20 kernel, gcc 2.95, and the apt-get repositories have the same versions. It takes way too long to upgrade, because it has to be done all by source compiling. Just to get the X window system running because the 4.0 version doesn't support my card, it took me over 10 sources... The current version of Xorg is 6.8,

Mandrake has way too many CD's, more packages than you need, and runs a little slow.

Suse is all screwed up when it comes to my GUI. All the colors are inverted, don't ask.

FreeBSD is perfect but I don't know the first thing about startup scripts and I'm not paying 45 dollars for my sound card to work. (OSS)

Slackware 10.0 is absoloutely 99% perfect. When you reinstall ANYTHING, with any packages, or even by source... source or RPM, apt-get w/e, half of the app runs, half doesn't. Missing windows and the likes. Giant permissions problem.

Gentoo doesn't have an installer and emerge kept on crashing on me, tons of dependency errors and the mirrors randomly worked/didn't work.

I'm just looking for a nice distro with a good installer that isn't too bloated, and if its relatively updated, its fine.
Old 12-11-2004, 11:30 PM   #2
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you say freebsd is perfect, but you don't know the first thing about startup scripts...

you say slack is 99% perfect, but installing stuff is a pain, and permissions are a pain...

sounds like you found 2 nearly perfect distros to just need to read up on them and learn the things you need to know...then they'll be perfect, right?
Old 12-11-2004, 11:37 PM   #3
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Ok, so FreeBSD doesn't run Linux binaries very well, and slackware, I've searched everywhere for it. Once your run/upgrade a package, you can never run it unless your root, again, ever. (Unless you want to chmod 777 EVERYTHING)
Old 12-11-2004, 11:51 PM   #4
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I am currently using Slackware and I don't have the problem (chmod 777 first before running any program) you stated.

Just wonder you compile the packages yourself using root account?
If this is the case, I think you should not do so. It is dangerous.
Old 12-12-2004, 01:18 AM   #5
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Mandrake has way too many CD's, more packages than you need, and runs a little slow.
Too many CD's? Seems a little picky to me.... My personal preference is Gentoo. I would be curious as to the errors that emerge crashed with when you tried Gentoo. I generally find emerge and portage in general to be excellent tools. Periodically one of the mirrors is slow, but it is usually temporary, or you can select a different mirror to use.

You might have more luck with Debian if you used either the unstable or testing branch, as opposed to the stable branch.

I would also tend to agree with kaon to the regard that I suspect you're doing something wrong when you attempt to install packages on Slackware. I haven't used Slackware 10.0, but when I tried out 9.0 I don't recall ever experiencing similar issues. Also, the fact that kaon runs Slackware 10.0 and doesn't experience the symptoms that you describe would make me more suspicious.
Old 12-12-2004, 01:34 AM   #6
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what version of fedora were you using? they use Xorg along with kernel 2.6.9 in FC3. I would recommend gentoo if you dont want to worry about dependencies. all you do is type "emerge programname" and it dowenloads and installs it along with all of the dependencies. and its only one cd because you have to tell it what you want to install so you dont get extra packages you dont need.
Old 12-12-2004, 03:23 AM   #7
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Does anyone here recommend one distrobution?
Since you named off most of the distributions I would recommend, no.
Focusing on one distro that installs well and learning how to work with it is more rewarding than distro hopping continually. Even huge problems like way too many CD's, more packages than you need, and runs a little slow can be overcome in time.
Good Luck.

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