Linked by Steve Husted on Wed 5th Oct 2005 17:53 UTC
Gentoo I've been wanting to try Gentoo for some time, but always had to roll my eyes at the pages and pages of installation instructions. This time, however, I rolled up my sleeves and buckled down. Minutes later, I was on my way.
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Arch
by on Wed 5th Oct 2005 18:17 UTC

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I used Redhat, Debian (Woody), Mandrake, Suse, Slackware, Gentoo, and -- lately -- Ubuntu, but I am returning to Arch. Finding the best blend between control over the OS and work hours invested is hard, but with Arch I manage. Give it a try if you consider experimenting again.

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RE: Arch
by on Wed 5th Oct 2005 19:21 in reply to "Arch"
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I tried Arch once and I did like it. Very "Slackish" and that's appealing. I have it on my radar to try again when I wipe out one of my test systems (which I do every few months).

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RE: Arch
by on Thu 6th Oct 2005 06:53 in reply to "Arch"
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I think you hit on something really key here:

"Finding the best blend between control over the OS and work hours invested is hard."

Most of the opinions here (including mine) can be distilled to a "madlib" version of that statement:

"I (like/dislike) the ___ (distro/OS) because it (gave/did not give) MY DESIRED BLEND of ___ and ___."

Try to apply it yourself to some of the comments here. This does not make those opinions "bad" AT ALL. If anything it is a testament to the great number of choices we have thanks to the countless number of talented developers working on the many distros/OSes.

One problem that seems to pop up in these conversations is hostility often generated between users and/or sub-communities by knocking down anything different from our own favorite distro/OS (often subtly). I find this a bit frustrating, as it often breaks down the conversation very, very quickly.

One alternative is to listen well to the reasons why the distro/OS is liked, and how the specific “blend” is achieved. A step further might be to try it out and spend a bit of time in the community, getting to know the tricks of that specific distro/OS. In either case, we end up with more knowledge than we started with. That is unless we "think" that we have nothing to learn ;)

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RE: Arch
by on Thu 6th Oct 2005 09:48 in reply to "Arch"
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I agree with you. I have used some famous distribution like RedHat, Gentoo and Debian. I found out Arch is the best overall. The only drawback of Arch is that they haven't got enough packages as much as Debian and Gentoo. Although it is not for beginner, you don't need to be an Linux expert to install and use it. Certainly you learn a lot Linux from it.

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