Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 04:51 UTC
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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RE: hard to decide
by drcouzelis on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 11:53 UTC 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.
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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[3]: hard to decide
by Morgan on Wed 24th Oct 2012 00:45 in reply to "RE[2]: hard to decide"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

You sound like me. I started out with Red Hat, it came bundled with a book on learning Linux. After a week of frustration I gave up on it and tried Corel, which I paid for after finding out it came with WordPerfect (we were using WordPerfect in college during that time). Corel was great in most areas but wasn't very stable. I found out about Slackware and that was the distro I stayed with until the first Ubuntu release many years later.

Ubuntu really opened my eyes to the world of apt, and I tried out a lot of Debian based distros over the years, but I always ended up back on Slackware. Arch was the first distro to make me truly put Slack aside, but after the recent aggressive changes I felt the need to revert once again to good old stable Slackware.

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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[3]: hard to decide
by drcouzelis on Wed 24th Oct 2012 12:42 in reply to "RE[2]: hard to decide"
drcouzelis Member since:
2010-01-11

Sure. ;)

My friend in college (2000) introduced me to Linux. Windows 98 was having a lot of trouble on my laptop, so, in my days of dialup internet, I drove an hour to a computer store to buy a boxes copy of Mandrake for (I think) $30.

When that laptop died I decided to buy a Fujitsu Lifebook (I cannot tell you how much I loved that laptop). Unfortunately, there was a bug in the Linux kernel at the time which prevented it from booting correctly on a Transmeta Crusoe processor. I found an tutorial describing how to patch and compile my own Linux kernel for the Crusoe using Slackware, and I began using that.

At that point point in time, Slackware had no package manager. Instead, when new software came out (and I love trying new software!) I would download and compile it myself, including all of it's newly required libraries (GTK2, Pango, Atk...). I had heard about the popularity of Debian and gave it a try. The feeling of using a package manager again to automatically install and update everything felt so incredibly wonderful.

I became tired of the cycle of Debian stable being fresh and new and being tired and old, so I tried Ubuntu. I didn't want to like it because it was "too easy", but my gosh, it was just so easy. My favorite version is still 8.04 Hardy Heron, which I still consider the pinnacle of Ubuntu development.

At this point I began to really learn about the Free Software Foundation, and decided that I agree with many of their beliefs. So, I installed a new FSF approved version of Hardy Heron called gNewSense and used only free and open source software on my computer for almost a year. You might be surprised how much Linux software is "open source" but not FSF "free". ;) Anyway, it was a great experience.

gNewSense became old, and I didn't like the direction the distribution was going. I wanted the latest versions of software, but I was tired of always formatting and installing new operating systems. I then discovered Arch Linux and the concept of a rolling release distribution. In addition to that, I was really getting into contributing to the Linux community, and the Arch Linux community provides outstanding outlets for that: a strong forum, a highly regarded wiki, and the AUR (allowing anyone to contribute new software packages to the distribution), all of which can be contributed to almost instantly by anyone.

I'm still using the same 64-bit Arch Linux installation that I did three years ago and am very happy with it. I dual boot the Haiku operating system. And I still consider myself a freetard. ;)

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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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