Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 18th Sep 2005 21:15 UTC
Linux You're ready to be a card-carrying Linux geek, but with several different Linux distributions available, you don't know where to start. Which one offers the best balance of tools, performance, and price? Bryan Hoff takes you through the most popular Linux distros and introduces you to a brave new world without Windows.
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Linux Distribution Chooser
by on Sun 18th Sep 2005 21:38 UTC

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There is actually a very good tool for exactly the purpose of choosing a Linux distribution, that will teach you a few things in the process as well, if you are new.

Several of my friend have used this and found a distribution that fits them perfectly.

http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/

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RE: Linux Distribution Chooser
by on Sun 18th Sep 2005 21:43 in reply to "Linux Distribution Chooser"
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i think the target audience is PHBs

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RE: Linux Distribution Chooser
by elzurawka on Sun 18th Sep 2005 22:33 in reply to "Linux Distribution Chooser"
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2005-07-08

says gentoo or slackware
im running gentoo on 2 pc's
next chalange will be a lfs...

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RE[2]: Linux Distribution Chooser
by on Sun 18th Sep 2005 22:56 in reply to "RE: Linux Distribution Chooser"
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Heh. LFS is quite a challenge. Do you want UTF-8 support? If you do the LFS you must use is this one (an unofficial release)

http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/~alexander/lfs-book/

It supports unicode, which standard LFS doesn't.
But remember to RTF(abulous)M before you start.

dylansmrjones
kristian AT herkild DOT dk

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RE: Linux Distribution Chooser
by on Sun 18th Sep 2005 23:18 in reply to "Linux Distribution Chooser"
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Wow, it told me to use Slackware or Gentoo. I used Slackware for a long time but switched over to Gentoo 3 years ago.

That is one good chooser.

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Walter Member since:
2005-07-12

I filled the LDC in for myself 3 times (once for my laptop, once for my server and once for my desktop). it advised the three ditro's I'm using on them:

Slackware on the (antique) laptop.
Debian for my (middle aged) server.
SuSE/Kubuntu for my desktop, at the moment I am using SuSE, but going to switch to Kubuntu......

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RE: Linux Distribution Chooser
by on Sun 18th Sep 2005 23:31 in reply to "Linux Distribution Chooser"
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Nifty little web app...too bad it's not quite correct!

Fedora: Not "pc_type"

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RE: Linux Distribution Chooser
by Jody on Mon 19th Sep 2005 00:30 in reply to "Linux Distribution Chooser"
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2005-06-30

It (http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/ ) told me to use Ubuntu. That is what I currently use. I guess I am right where I need to be.

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whitehornmatt Member since:
2005-07-07

It told me Ubuntu/Debian, and I use ubuntu.

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RE: Linux Distribution Chooser
by bogomipz on Mon 19th Sep 2005 06:44 in reply to "Linux Distribution Chooser"
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2005-07-11

I ran the test just for fun. It seems to be pretty good, except for the package manager and desktop environment questions. I had to answer like "I don't care" or "I don't know" to these even though I both care and know what I want, because none of the alternatives fit my preferences.

The test told me to use Debian, which is probably the best fit among the distros it knows about. Been there, done that, though. Nothing I've seen beats my beloved Archlinux.

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