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Subject: RE: Favourite distro, and why?
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CyruzDraxs Oct 08, 2009 02:20 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I'm using CentOS on all of my servers except one, which runs Fedora, I have a desktop dual-booting Ubuntu and Windows 7 and I have a netbook running crunchbang.

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apocaly001 Oct 11, 2009 06:26 AM Reply | Bookmark
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I use Opensuse 11.1 . I think it's the most professional Linux distro out there. The only issue is if you don't like KDE, this distro may not be to your liking. I see many more custom builders using linux because of the expensive licensing costs of using Windows. Updating a Motherboard is a big issue with Windows. You have to buy a new OEM copy of Windows, Office etc which is ridiculous IMHO. It almost makes it not worth upgrading your oomputer with these additional add on costs.

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AntiHero Oct 21, 2009 01:12 AM Reply | Bookmark
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I'm liking Ubuntu for its ease of use and vast community. I personally think it's the better of the distros for someone who doesn't want to spend all their time fixing. Not to say that other distros like Fedora or Sabayon are challenges, but some can be more work than others, take openSUSE for example, it is a bit more work, it's a good OS, but it can take more time to get set up right. I like to run Kubuntu as well, or in most cases, run Ubuntu and put KDE 4 on it and switch between GNOME and KDE whenever I feel like a change. It's a simple thing to do really.

I think what i like most is the file library found via Synaptic. I enjoy a nice selection of software to choose from, and better yet that I don't have to do anything but enter in the root password and move on to another task, or leave it if I feel the desire to. I know it sounds lazy, but it is nice to have a stable OS that doesn't need babysitting.

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The_Lensman Oct 29, 2009 09:27 AM Reply | Bookmark
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One of the nice things about Linux, is that due to the great variety, you can pick a distro that fits your own needs and intuitive aspects. For me, Fedora 11 'Gnome' does the trick. I have been using Linux for a number of years now and tried out many different 'flavors', yet I still find that Fedora has the polish and function that I like. I even tried out Vista and Se7en, only to find them slow and 'kludgy'.

Anyway, each to their own and the important thing is that your OS is stable, secure and fun. Linux does all of that for me.

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James_A Nov 06, 2009 12:24 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I'm a Fedora fan, been on it since core 4. Was pretty disappointed with Fedora 11 though, I only have laptops, and it just didn't take well, and had pretty poor power saving. Even had to write a script just to turn off the LCD, though that may be in part due to some massive hardware failures I was also having on that laptop. I'm not a big fan of Ubuntu, but it is a pretty good distro. I've managed to get just about my whole family switched over to Ubuntu from Windows, but I find it takes away too much of my control of the system, and I don't particularly like how it binds the root control to the user accounts, though it's not such a big deal on single user systems, and can be changed. Pretty much, I like Fedora on my computers, Ubuntu on computers I take care of, and Debian for servers, though it's a bit of a love-hate relationship I have with Debian.

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surfed Nov 15, 2009 11:25 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Chakra linux. Its Arch linux, so a rolling release, with graphical installer and packagemanager, plus kdemod one of the best kde implementations i have seen.

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pillsburied Nov 16, 2009 12:14 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Well, I'm on the Ubuntu deathwagon. Like Whoami, I started in 1995 with Slackware. Then Red Hat, Debian, LFS, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Gentoo, and Ubuntu.

Why Ubuntu? As time passed, the difficulties of configuring and rolling kernels, and dealing with configuration issues that new hardware brings (particularly when the manufacturer does not support it in one's OS, which is usually), required exponentially increasing time to deal with. These days, manual configuration of a kernel can easily take 3-4 hours, with so many new kernel options appearing in every release.

The kernel and the software environment have become so complex that it's almost a full-time job to keep things working, so I decided to leave it to people whose jobs it actually was to do this stuff. The default Ubuntu kernel works with all my hardware except for a GDI printer (no surprise there). I like Gentoo -- it's very well done -- but I do not want to spend half my time configuring and fixing broken packages by hand. Sometimes a guy just wants to use his equipment...

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Jim_A Nov 28, 2009 04:14 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Asking about a favorite distro might be a simple question, but the answer is sure to be less than simple.
I've been using Linux exclusively at home for the last five years. I've probably spent the most amount of time on PCLinuxOS and Mepis -and DD-WRT etc on the router.
I've felt that Linux would be far more popular if more distros had simpler control panel type solutions. Like just about everyone else, though, I've played with other distros and had lots of fun. I can well see how people chose different distros of Linux or a variety of BSD.
I had always planned to try various gateway solutions on old boxes, but a cheap GL router with DD-WRT has been so incredibly stable and effective as a firewall. No old computer is going to match a router in power consumption.
Even with the Linux of choice on the computer, any problems have been directly due to my experimenting. Sometimes I've taken the time to fix the problem - other times, I've just used last week's backup livecd to reinstall - and have worked on while that happened. Otherwise I have to remind myself to us AV on mail in case I forward, and carry on with doing stuff instead of worrying about threats or instability....
I wouldn't dissolve into fits of crying or hysteria if I had to use other distros, but I might if I had to use Windows exclusively. My biggest wish is that the Marvell Sheevaplug would come to market in Canada so that I can have a new power-efficient and cost effective toy.

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Brian_K Dec 23, 2009 11:43 PM Reply | Bookmark
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32bit Slackware for 10+ years. Like mechanics I compiled the first week of using linux ;)
Slackware has 64bit now too But I have my own 64bit cross compiled from Slackware of course.
cat /etc/blade64-version
gcc: 4.4.2
glibc: 2.10.1
Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 e 2.40GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux
kde: 4.3.85 (aka 4.4 beta2)
mplayer(svn always) if you don't have that ,Then I wont like you ;)
endain firewall for my firewall/router box. I want to use my blade64 but I do enough for now .I might cut it down for firewall/router some day.

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M-X Dec 24, 2009 01:52 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Arch Linux*.
And frak, there is a GNU/Linux nutjob on NCIX?!
*when I'm bored enough to waste time on Linux. :p

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Guillaume_C Mar 08, 2010 06:26 AM Reply | Bookmark
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For servers, I'm using CentOS, which is the open-source edition of RedHat Enterprise server. You get RHEL strengths, without paying licences...
For desktops, i either use ubuntu or opensuse, both of which are very strong desktop platforms. Ubuntu being more strealined and naked, opensuse being more of an all-you-can-eat distro.

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ilya Mar 08, 2010 06:53 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Last post date was months ago, but I'll try and revive it anyways.

My personal favourites are Puppy Linux and Kubuntu/Ubuntu.

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Navi Mar 08, 2010 04:17 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Another ubuntu user here. Used exclusively on my desktop, but xp on the laptop (battery life under ubuntu isn't as good as xp, surprisingly. Even with a bunch of tweaks, powertop, etc)

And yes, my mom also has ubuntu on her pc (don't tell her though, I've skinned it so it looks almost exactly as xp :P )

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Joseph_O Mar 20, 2010 05:09 AM Reply | Bookmark
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OSX is BSD (berkley software) not GNU

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Dante_ Xaiver™ Apr 01, 2011 10:23 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Ubuntu on the Desktop/ Server

Backtrack on the Laptop

Android on the phone

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{--M--} Apr 01, 2011 10:28 PM Reply | Bookmark
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CentOS on my servers.

Mainly because they have a long support life cycle on releases. Constantly having to upgrade a server OS is just ridiculous.

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Nicholas_L Apr 06, 2011 03:54 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I've taken to liking FedoraIt's nice to have a testbed for software.

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Calypso Apr 06, 2011 03:58 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Another vote for Ubuntu. It looks nice!

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Maso Apr 06, 2011 04:02 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Either straight up Debian or Linux Mint here.

The biggest benefit of Mint is that it is Ubuntu-based, so there is a ton of software available for it as well as great support.

Of course, Ubuntu is Debian-based, so it's nice to go back to the Debian roots once-in-a-while.

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Scott_K Feb 07, 2012 03:18 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Arch all the way.

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Spaceball One Feb 07, 2012 07:23 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Ubuntu with GNOME is the king baby!!! None of that new unity crap that the new version of Ubuntu has.

Mint is also an excellent choice for advanced users.

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Jason_B Jan 20, 2013 03:44 PM Reply | Bookmark
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For mission critical dedicated servers and any site I build that requires max security because it's handling funds or is a giant target for competitors to attack (like a digital currency exchange site) I only use OpenBSD. You can virtualize the routing tables and use pf firewalls to properly isolate every machine from each other. You only have to remove a minimum amount of packages from the default install. You also don't have to worry about random x64 bugs popping up because whenever they release one on seclists the first reply is "OpenBSD fixed this years ago".

For low security like a wordpress site just serving up information, or for a test VPS to try out tools and deploy beta software I use debian. I ran debian as a desktop for years so am familiar with it's shortcomings and benefits. You have to strip down debian from the default install, then hope another debian dev doesn't comment out some random number generating code reducing entropy down to nearly nothing like what happened a few years ago, which is when I stopped using debian. You are also are at the mercy of Torvalds insanity kernel dev release cycle that is geared towards features and usability not security, so there's going to be exploitable bugs in the kernel you'll have to live with.

For a desktop I'm using OpenBSD multi tmux terminals because i'm a neckbeard who only requires command line email, irssi, lynx, a python shell and CLISP. Any X browser I need I spawn in another tmux window. I messed around with Gentoo for awhile after ditching debian, but you get tired of compiling absolutely everything when you need to upgrade otherwise Gentoo is great for a linux desktop if you like having total control and running a minamalist linux distro.

For crazy LISP development which is like almost everything I do now I use OpenBSD, and still have a debian install with older Ubuntu distro as host in a VM for Android development or tinkering around with MIT released experimental software. Seems to me like everybody is using Ubuntu 12.04 or OSX for development at corporations and universities as a bitter neckbeard I don't see how they can stand it.

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Doug_the_Slug Jan 21, 2013 04:48 PM Reply | Bookmark
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