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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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Best distro for linux connoisseurs wrong
by jdhore on Wed 24th Oct 2012 13:10 UTC
jdhore
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2012-10-24

I believe that the bst distro for Linux connoisseurs is wrong. I believe the ACTUAL best distro there is Gentoo. Archlinux has many problems. Stability, blindly following upstream, lack of leadership, removing the KISS aspect of the distro (what the distro was originally about).

Gentoo solves all these problems and gives you an EXTREMELY reliable, fast platform to do whatever you need. There's a reason Gentoo is used by performance freaks *AND* NASDAQ.

Also, Gentoo is actually open. There are no secret sites, there are no secret mailing lists, users are not restricted from posting on the -dev mailing list, we do not ban users on the forums just because they disagree with our direction of the distro. Sadly, Arch has/does all these things.

Edited 2012-10-24 13:18 UTC

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ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Archlinux has many problems. Stability, blindly following upstream, lack of leadership, removing the KISS aspect of the distro (what the distro was originally about).

Gentoo solves all these problems


What are you kidding me? Gentoo is also bleeding edge and they break shit all the time. The key is to not install X, wireless or audio. That's how you avoid 95% of breaks. Of course that means you can't run it as a desktop .... yep.


Also, Gentoo is actually open. There are no secret sites, there are no secret mailing lists, users are not restricted from posting on the -dev mailing list


That doesn't bother me at all. I don't buy into the 'everything must be open' philosophy. Developers should be allowed to have private conversations without being castigated.

Anyways I'll take pacman and a fast install over what Gentoo offers. But sadly the occasional Linux work I do is usually on CENT. I've been spoiled by pacman and the Arch wiki. CENT documentation is awful for how common it is.

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Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

CENT documentation is awful for how common it is.


This is true. RH/CentOS documentation is rather shallow and full of holes.

Edited 2012-10-24 19:59 UTC

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Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

Stability, blindly following upstream


That's pretty much what Arch is about. Vanilla packages straight from the upstream projects, warts and all.

Build it, ship it, and let the user beware is pretty much why people like Arch. There are enough distros that patch stuff up so you're running their version of Apache, or whatever software you use.

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