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 LATEST TOPICS |  FORUMS » LINUX » FAVOURITE DISTRO, AND WHY?...
Subject: Favourite distro, and why?
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Bill_T Jun 22, 2009 01:22 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Simple question: what's you're fav distro, and why? Feel free to post more than one

Topic URL: http://forums.ncix.com/forums/topic.php?id=2029713

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Doug_the_Slug Jun 22, 2009 01:28 PM Reply | Bookmark
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debian for servers
ubuntu for desktops

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Alter3d Reality Jun 22, 2009 01:34 PM Reply | Bookmark
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If we're only talking about Linux (i.e. excluding the *BSDs), then I'm in total agreement with Doug... Debian for servers, Ubuntu for desktops.

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NaX ©2008 Jun 22, 2009 01:36 PM Reply | Bookmark
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OSX


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Greg_K Jun 22, 2009 01:39 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I run ubuntu on my desktop and laptop. I find the actually management of ubuntu better than most other distributions. I run mythbuntu on my htpc, I may shift this to mythdora. I've used Fedora Core and Scientific Linux (at work). I definitely like a few things about Fedora Core more,

I would rank ubuntu as the easiest to maintain (aptitude/apt-get are very nice tools, and the entire distro has a lot of polish). I would say Fedora Core has some better features for programming (IMHO) and its inclusion of SELinux, is nice, but not necessarily good for the average user.

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DaleF Jun 22, 2009 01:46 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Arch Linux. Other distros are generally out of date. Their package management is also nice and the OS is really simple/configurable.
The only downside is that it's not an easy to use distro. It has been called Gentoo without the compiling more than once.

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iJew~akaNCIXForumGodKing~ Jun 22, 2009 01:53 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I'm going to go with Ubuntu too, I'm really liking 9.04. Although I like Mint as well for its out of the box features(even though its based on ubuntu anyway)

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Elvis Gratton (AR is GAWD!) Jun 22, 2009 02:00 PM Reply | Bookmark
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OpenBSD is my favorite from far.

I tested/ran a few linux distros and even if I'm no expert, I can say imho that nothing can touch OpenBSD from my personal experience.
The security, simple and well thought filesystem, effective and non-retarded pkg manager (all the opposite of rpm and the other crap that linux as to offer with the billion differnt repositories that never work ), big hardware support list, the Packet Filter, the port system and all the programs that were audited line by line by the openbsd team, etc.

Until the lil hackjob penguin as something better to offer, I'm sticking with puffy for sure

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Greg_K Jun 22, 2009 02:12 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I've never had the time to use gentoo (although I would like too - or even linux from scratch would be interesting). I've heard that you learn a lot more about the underlying fundamentals and system administration from building and maintaining an gentoo box (especially because you learn a huge amount about compiling, linking, scripting, and possibly the debugger).

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WhoAmI Jun 22, 2009 02:19 PM Reply | Bookmark
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For linux this is what I usually say.

If you want simple use Ubuntu
If you want to learn and understand use Debian/Slackware
If you want a challenge use Gentoo

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Slowverdrive AKA UWS_Killa Jun 22, 2009 02:24 PM Reply | Bookmark
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But which do you like.

i am a fan of ubuntu for a desktop.

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WhoAmI Jun 22, 2009 02:29 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I like Debian with Gentoo being very close.

I started with slackware back in 1995 and progressed towards debian simply for the package management which slackware didn't have at the time.

When you have an older computer compiling a lot of the stuff you needed took a long time which Debian stopped for most causes.

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Elvis Gratton (AR is GAWD!) Jun 22, 2009 04:19 PM Reply | Bookmark
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/me can smell OSX from here on your desktop

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DaleF Jun 22, 2009 04:33 PM Reply | Bookmark
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You should give Arch a try. Pacman is a really nice package manager and there are lots of mirrors of the repos. I've never had issues with repos not working.
Also, we have something that's like ports called ABS.

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Captain Obvious Jun 22, 2009 05:22 PM Reply | Bookmark
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openSUSE gets my vote.

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death_hawk™ Jun 22, 2009 06:21 PM Reply | Bookmark
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How I got stuck on CentOS is beyond me...

No real complaints though.

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NtropiC. Jun 22, 2009 07:31 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I'd like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.

Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called "Linux", and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project.

There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine's resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called "Linux" distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.

That was mandatory copy-paste material.

Having said that, I feel that:
Ubuntu: When you're lazy, or if you just want it to work (most of the time).
Arch/Debian: When you're bored.
Gentoo: When you're really bored.
LFS: Neckbeard.

Favourite? I want to say Debian, but I haven't tried it yet. Arch will be a close enough substitute. Ubuntu's ok, but I'd like to strip it down from stock. Crunchbang is a nice alternative.

Now if only I could get sound working...

And my xorg.conf working.

And my extra mouse buttons.

And getting Windows to see the partiton (Already have Ext2 IFS, but won't see my Arch Ext3).

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Alter3d Reality Jun 22, 2009 07:33 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Stallman? Richard Stallman, is that you?

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Greg_K Jun 22, 2009 07:48 PM Reply | Bookmark
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http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/open_source.png

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Elvis Gratton (AR is GAWD!) Jun 22, 2009 09:02 PM Reply | Bookmark
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LOL! The first time I tried to understand in english what the guy was trying to say about linux and gnu and what it should be and what it should not be and blablabla I think I had to relisten like 6 times until I finally understood what he meant.

(the bearded guy with the annoyingly soft voiceI mean... not NtropiC )

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Slowverdrive AKA UWS_Killa Jun 22, 2009 10:05 PM Reply | Bookmark
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And where do you think OS X originates from?

I am redoing my hackintosh using boot-132 now. Much better then Kalyway.

p.s Besides openBSD, what distros have you really used Mr. C? and i mean more then just booting a live CD or installing it then never trying it out.

I have a sneeky suspicion you are saying OpenBSD because that is pretty much all you have experience in.

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Bill_T Jun 23, 2009 01:49 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Is there any set list of requirements for a hackintosh? I just like that apple like bar on the bottom of the screenI've seen screenies of GNU linux and vista with the same kinda bars, anyone know how to get them?

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DaleF Jun 23, 2009 02:44 PM Reply | Bookmark
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And without the Linux kernel, there wouldn't be a GNU operating system. Hurd hasn't had much happen with it in the last, oh, decade or so.
And while I admire what Stallman/FSF is trying to do, I'd rather call it Linux (like the OSI) due to that fact. I did go to two of Stallman's talks when he was here in Vancouver. They were interesting, but that man should never sing.

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Slowverdrive AKA UWS_Killa Jun 23, 2009 03:07 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Not really. If you have a Intel system it is pretty easy. AMD is a can be much harder.
I am using an ATOM single core mitx mobo. Which is very compatible. Spent around 200 for my hackintosh.

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Sab0t8ge Jun 23, 2009 05:43 PM Reply | Bookmark
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*BSD is very stable, otherwise I like Ubuntu, Debian, Backtrack for pen-penetration security testing.

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Elvis Gratton (AR is GAWD!) Jun 23, 2009 06:29 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I know silly I just meant in a sarcastic way that you love more osx than any linux/unix distros

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The_Lensman Jul 15, 2009 07:37 PM Reply | Bookmark
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The best distro and OS I have used to date, is Mint 7 (Gloria). It comes fully equipped with drivers for the latest hardware and already has the codecs pre-installed. Slick, fast and no fuss.

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BloodyLunatic Jul 16, 2009 12:43 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Sombody had try the evil one
http://ubuntusatanic.org/news/about/

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ianryeng Jul 16, 2009 04:23 AM Reply | Bookmark
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thats hilarious. Any screenshots of that one?

Debian gets my vote (I have used ubuntu on both my desktop and laptop since the wife preferred but prefer less restrictions for personal use)

This message was modified by the poster at 07 16, 2009 04:27 AM

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r0bc Jul 16, 2009 01:56 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I'm using Ubuntu and Sabayon right now but I'll dump Sabayon for something else when I get bored.
Ubuntu is probably my favorite just because its simple enough my mom can use.

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