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Linux Here's a topic guaranteed to start controversy. Which Linux distribution is best? It all depends on your criteria for judging. Even then the topic is highly subjective. Here are a few nominees for "best distro" in specific categories.
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hard to decide
by stabbyjones on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 07:06 UTC
stabbyjones
Member since:
2008-04-15

(Anyone who has read my comments will know that Debian is my choice when it comes to linux so I won't harp on about that.)

The biggest problem I find with choosing a new distro is that every single one of them feels like essentially the same thing. Beyond what gets chosen by default for you can usually end up with the same product/packages/versions you desire in any combination you want.

Most people at least semi knowledgeable with linux know how to get these things and those who don't will settle with what they find comfortable and probably stick with it.

Every time I get bored and look for something else to play with I end up back where I started. I haven't seen enough value in actually changing to something else because I don't see the difference.

Has anyone changed distros to something that wasn't a parent/derivative of your old distro and stuck with it?

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RE: hard to decide
by drcouzelis on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 11:53 in reply to "hard to decide"
drcouzelis Member since:
2010-01-11

Has anyone changed distros to something that wasn't a parent/derivative of your old distro and stuck with it?

Since you asked, I would love to tell you about my Linux history! (doesn't every Linux nerd?) ;)

I was introduced to Linux using Mandrake.

I learned Linux using Slackware.

I discovered package management using Debian.

I took a break and used the user friendly Ubuntu.

I became passionate about software freedom using gNewSense.

I keep current and in control using Arch Linux.

I used each of those distributions for at least about a year. I've been using the same installation of Arch Linux for three years now.

More information: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/User:drcouzelis

Edited 2012-10-22 11:54 UTC

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RE[2]: hard to decide
by Netfun81 on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 17:13 in reply to "RE: hard to decide"
Netfun81 Member since:
2008-03-25

wow, almost my same path. I also used gentoo and tried a bunch of less common distros. My last change was migrating from Arch back to Slackware. Arch was going through too many changes and I wanted something stable. Slackware may not be the most popular or easy to use but I don't think any other distro is more stable.

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RE[2]: hard to decide
by Sabon on Tue 23rd Oct 2012 16:23 in reply to "RE: hard to decide"
Sabon Member since:
2005-07-06

"Has anyone changed distros to something that wasn't a parent/derivative of your old distro and stuck with it?

Since you asked, I would love to tell you about my Linux history! (doesn't every Linux nerd?) ;)
I was introduced to Linux using Mandrake.
I learned Linux using Slackware.
I discovered package management using Debian.
I took a break and used the user friendly Ubuntu.
I became passionate about software freedom using gNewSense.
I keep current and in control using Arch Linux.
I used each of those distributions for at least about a year. I've been using the same installation of Arch Linux for three years now.
"

I remember Mandrake. I think it was the third or fourth that I used. I started out with Corel Linux though. And they had (and I still have the CDs for both) Word Perfect for Linux. I really liked Word Perfect (still like it more than Word) and used it work DOS and UNIX and thought it was really cool there was a version for Linux. It didn't last long though.

Most of the versions for Linux I used aren't listed here and don't exist anymore. Then I dropped out of Linux.

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RE[2]: hard to decide
by stabbyjones on Tue 23rd Oct 2012 22:21 in reply to "RE: hard to decide"
stabbyjones Member since:
2008-04-15

Now that's a long list!

What do you think made you jump? Boredom or just looking for something new?

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RE[2]: hard to decide
by perspichaos on Thu 25th Oct 2012 14:18 in reply to "RE: hard to decide"
perspichaos Member since:
2012-10-25

Wow. That was like reading my biography.

Except for gNewSense. I never could bring myself to run it because the name sounds like gNuisance.

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RE: hard to decide
by Flatland_Spider on Wed 24th Oct 2012 18:55 in reply to "hard to decide"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

Has anyone changed distros to something that wasn't a parent/derivative of your old distro and stuck with it?


Yes. FreeBSD --> Ubuntu --> Fedora

I still try other distros out, and I try them out to see how different lineages do things. A Slackware lineage is different then a Red Hat lineage which is different then Debian, Gentoo, Arch etc.

For me, the sense of newness come from the friction of them not being all the same. I'm well versed in Red Hat derived distros, so running Debian feels like I'm using my left hand instead of the right.

Of course, GUIs do a pretty good job of smoothing out the differences, so it's much easier to feel the differences on the command line.

Edited 2012-10-24 18:59 UTC

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RE: hard to decide
by zima on Sat 27th Oct 2012 19:39 in reply to "hard to decide"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

(Anyone who has read my comments will know that Debian is my choice when it comes to linux so I won't harp on about that.)

Actually... this might come as a shock, but you probably aren't that important to most people ;P (I'm fairly certain I read your comments in the past, I recognise your avatar - but I wouldn't know it's Debian)

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