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Posted on 26-11-09 21:38
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For the record, i run Mint now and LOVE IT


I'd say Mint is more of a "starter" distribution than Debian (and to a lesser extent, Fedora). To each his own I guess.

So, why do you like Mint? Any specific reason(s) you LOVE IT?
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Posted on 26-11-09 21:43
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Hackthis59 wrote:
For the record, i run Mint now and LOVE IT


I'd say Mint is more of a "starter" distribution than Debian (and to a lesser extent, Fedora). To each his own I guess.

So, why do you like Mint? Any specific reason(s) you LOVE IT?


I guess it really is a starter one as well, but i like it because its easy to get around in an it runs smoothly on my lap top. As far as any technical reasons why i LOVE IT, nope dont have any ^^

And I think that fedora and Debian (maybe not so much Debain) are very good for starters.


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Posted on 26-11-09 22:19
Just a tip:

Make sure you have a way to run all software and files you need, with no hassle. And make sure you can connect to the internet. If you only have one computer, start with dual boot or only virtual/live cd.

Mandriva's another nice, intuitive distro.


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Posted on 27-11-09 03:53
Mandriva was my first distribution, but really more just because that's what i came across first.
In the end, I don't think it's really going to matter between the ones listed in this thread. There isn't that much difference between them that picking the wrong one won't ruin you (and yes, I'm including Ubuntu in that.)

Rather than sitting around here asking for opinions, go pick one and put it in a vm. Try it out. If you find things you don't like, come back and post specific questions about those and we can either help you solve the problem or point you to a distribution more in tune with your needs.

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Posted on 27-11-09 14:13
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wolfmankurd wrote:
what do you use xfce?
It's getting more popular but something tells me not to reccomend it, cause I've never used it.


xfce is even worse than GNOME and KDE combined. I'm currently using fluxbox, but I'm going to switch to openbox for the interactive scripting in the menu's.


Ah fluxbox! I was racking my memory for that one I couldn't remember for the life of me.
I used to fluxbox back when I used fbsd, I'd reccomend it if you want a nice clean interface, but that was a quiet few years ago I'm not sure if the projects changed direction since.




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Posted on 27-11-09 15:19
I used to use Ubuntu for some time, until my old laptop got stolen, and now I dual-boot XP and Fedora Core 12 on my new Asus K50IJ (a pretty powerful laptop in the budget range, it chewed through Left 4 Dead like it was a bag of chips, I used XP since there was no OS supplied with the laptop)

The reason I use Fedora now is because I think I'm pretty used to Ubuntu already, and using Fedora, I'd say that it's more of a natural progression, and since it's lovely to boot as well, I'm sticking with it.


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Posted on 27-11-09 15:55
It is all dependent on what you are looking to use the system for.

or a starter OS when I was starting I used RedHat which is now Fedora to an extent. After that I used SuSE, which is now openSUSE to an extent. I also use Debian (for shell screen machines) and CentOS. I am a fan of all of these listed. I have also staggered into BSD Options. It is all dependent on what you are looking to get out of the machine. My suggestion, hit up DistroWatch, read up on the options and make your own choice.


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Posted on 27-11-09 17:34
DistroWatch sucks, seriously. While they do have a nice overview of many, many OS's, the admin team is retarded and stupid.

I advise you to grab a few ISO's of some distributions you would like to check out and chuck em in the good ol' vmware (or virtualbox if you're new to VMs).
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Posted on 27-11-09 19:59
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DistroWatch sucks, seriously. While they do have a nice overview of many, many OS's, the admin team is retarded and stupid.


Since when did the administration team make a site suck?
DistroWatch is good for the sheer fact that they have information on so many distributions, and they are all in one central location. This makes it easy to read up and see what you like and link to the ISOs to test with. If you do not like the administration team of the site, that is up to you, however, I have never had any problems to make me think they are retarded and stupid so I still stand by my suggestion :evil:


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Posted on 28-11-09 03:31
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DistroWatch sucks, seriously. While they do have a nice overview of many, many OS's, the admin team is retarded and stupid.

I advise you to grab a few ISO's of some distributions you would like to check out and chuck em in the good ol' vmware (or virtualbox if you're new to VMs).


If your going to insult distrowatch, at least give a reasonable alternative. Telling him "Don't go to a site that posts easy to understand reviews so you can get a good idea of the distro you want in a few minutes, but instead download all these distros and waste the cd's on the ones you might not like just to try them out for a much longer time to get a decent review personally." isn't very convincing.


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Posted on 28-11-09 04:37
I use Gentoo, since I love the power of Portage (the package management) and enjoy the freedom of deciding what I want from the foundation of a barebones system. Also, their documentation and forums just plain kick ass. Many find the install process to be longer and more involved than most distros... and they're right. So, not ideal for you, but you asked what I use.

Thus, I generally recommend ArchLinux as a more friendly alternative. Arch takes a bit more Linux know-how than Ubuntu/Fedora to get it running, but it's not such a learning curve that it deters users. Put it in a VM and follow a beginner's tut (like one on getting KDEmod up and running on Arch) on getting the system up and running. That's the only way to know, really.

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I have decided to switch to linux. I seek other people's opinions on different distributions, such as: which one you use, why you like it, how easy, etc.

Here's the paraphrased original post, in case anyone has trouble staying on-topic.


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Posted on 28-11-09 07:53
@ mosh and others

heres a nice site to check every now and then. Their search helps a lot.

www.osnews.com


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Posted on 28-11-09 15:20
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Also, Slashdot is probably a bit better for news.


It's not five years ago. Slashdot is pretty shit nowadays.

Oh, erh, on-topic... OP, install Debian. Go tinker with that for a year or so, then move on to Gentoo, or try out FreeBSD.

Let me know how it works out for you.
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Posted on 28-11-09 16:29
It's not a big deal, you spend what 1 per cd/dvd. man up install a fucking distro.
If it doesn't work out install a new one. Eventually you'll realize it's not all that different distro to distro...


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Posted on 15-12-09 11:10
my setup is:

On the HD:
1) Ubuntu- easy to use, great support, secure, huge user-base
2) Windows XP- just to keep my options open

LiveCDs I keep for special tasks:
1) BackTrack 4- auditing, penetration testing
2) SystemRescueCD- when all else fails, save as much data as possible


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My new setup (*finally* ditched ubuntu) is:

Main System: Gentoo
Server: Debian
Laptop: Arch linux

I enjoy arch linux on my laptop because it requires less maintence than gentoo, and I rarely use that laptop so I like things to just work, but still be rather advanced user oriented. Gentoo is a great distro, once you actually get it figured out (had a few problems at the start). Last buy not least: Debian is, of course, the obvious choice for a server.


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Posted on 15-12-09 22:22
A good a place as any I guess. Though Sorta off topic. I was installing Arch on an old laptop lately, but gave up after failing to sync with any of the mirrors that I tried (About 6 of them). I had my wlan0 up and running no problem but would error out of the installer at the select package stage. Then viewing the logs didnt really help me at all, just either couldnt sync, or unresovled. Needless to say that pissed me off.

(Ive had Arch installed on a machine prior so I know how to do it, just wasn't working last time I tried.)


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Posted on 16-01-10 20:49
I would suggest Gentoo, but since your just switching to Linux i would recommend giving Mandriva a try.


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Posted on 17-01-10 03:35
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I would suggest Gentoo, but since your just switching to Linux i would recommend giving Mandriva a try.


+1 for mandriva if I haven't already posted my opinion


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Posted on 20-01-10 05:07
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I would suggest Gentoo, but since your just switching to Linux i would recommend giving Mandriva a try.


+1 for mandriva if I haven't already posted my opinion


Something about Mandriva, you should get the "Power Pack." I like mandriva because everything for general use is right there. But, if you don't have the power pack you have to install/ configure some things, and it's not terribly fun. Instant-on might also be worth a try.

You can find the power pack on quite a few torrent sites, or pay $10-15 to the Mandriva main site.




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