Linked by Andrew Barilla on Tue 10th Feb 2004 20:08 UTC
Linux After reading a discussion on DistroWatch asking if users were happy with their current distribution, I noticed a common thread of those who have had similar experiences as myself with juggling various Linux distributions. Like myself, they feel many Linux distributions are great, but no one quite feels like home. None of them quite fit the bill and they may even begin to think that every OS sucks.
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RE:Slackware
by prefas on Wed 11th Feb 2004 10:20 UTC

Well, I have installed and used (some for only a few days of course, not worth more time-waste), at least 20-25 linux distros over the last 2-3 years. The point is that I always keep coming back to the same distros: Slackware 9.1 which I consider numero uno since I first installed it, Redhat (now Fedora core 1) which is the first linux distro I used about 4 years ago and Knoppix (Debian) and its flavors (morphix, kurumin, etc) for desktop use. At the moment, in my home Linux box (P3 500 Mhz, 128MB, which doubles as a local web server, printer server and Internet gateway for my other dual-boot PC and my son's win98 PC) I have 3 partitions with Slackware 9.1, Fedora core 1 and a trial installation of Buffalo 1.1.1 Linux. I use GRUB to switch between them. In my office I use a dual boot PC with Win98 and Knoppix 3.3. I might try Arch linux out, to see if I like it. On the other hand, if someone wanted a source-based distro I would recommend Lunar Linux! The basic system compiles fast and without any need for the user to be an expert and it has a good packaging system. The only problem is that I could not connect to the Internet to get the rest of the packages from the repository. I could not configure my USB NetMod to use the ISDN home phone line and could not figure out which dial-up program I was supposed to use. There are no detailed info about things like that. So, I abandoned Lunar Linux. Generally, I believe that Linux distros should come with all the necessary packages (binaries or sources) on CDs, because it's not easy or possible to install a basic system and then be asked to connect to the Internet to download the rest! Some people DO NOT have Internet access or cannot configure the connection by using a bare-bone distro!