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New distro: Which to choose

Poll Results: Which Linux?

 
  • 34% (12)
    Fedora
  • 8% (3)
    Debian
  • 2% (1)
    OpenSUSE
  • 37% (13)
    Arch
  • 17% (6)
    Other
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post #1 of 31
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SO I feel like I got the hang of console commands and general use of Linux on Ubuntu 10.10.

I'm ready to lose the Linux diapers and move to big-boy pants and need to move "next level" distro.

Fedora, OpenSuse, Debian, maybe Arch (Heard its for pro users).

Would do you think would be the next level of experience in Linux from Ubuntu?
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post #2 of 31
Of those only arch is more in depth than ubuntu.

If you want to try something more complex you need to look at arch, debian, slack or gentoo.

Out of those arch is probably the best as it has the best documentation imo.
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post #3 of 31
Your next step would be Fedora or openSUSE. I don't recommend Arch at all (look around there are plenty threads on it).
     
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post #4 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rookie1337
I don't recommend Arch at all (look around there are plenty threads on it).


I don't know I am an Arch fan boy I can't use anything else anymore. I think people go overbored about the issues with a bleeding edge rolling release I have had 0 issues with arch other than the ones I created myself out of a lack of knowledge. Of course using debian offers many of the same beneifts with less threat of instability.

For the op I went from mint to Arch. It was difficult at first but I don't think I would have learned nearly as much.

I just don't see how fedora or Opensuse is any more of a next step from ubuntu.
Edited by cavallino - 5/12/11 at 8:47pm
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post #5 of 31
I prefer distros that use APT, but the extent of my Linux use is mostly my laptop and headless web server. Of your list, Gentoo is probably the most complicated. Of your options I would choose Debian. Debian is essentially Ubuntu's parent, similar but also more bare-bones in many ways. More generally, I'd say the distro decision comes down to which package manager you like and how much you want in a base install. Which desktop environment do you like (if any)?

Personally I'm trying Linux Mint next, but that's probably not what you're looking for.
Edited by stolid - 5/12/11 at 8:52pm
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Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning "can't configure Debian" Go for it, try things out.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by z3r0_k00l75 View Post
Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning "can't configure Debian" Go for it, try things out.
Oh snap. I've been slapped.
     
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post #8 of 31
For what you're asking, definitely gentoo.

Once you get the hang of it, I would say it's almost ideal. The support on the forums is pretty good.

Your rig will piss on the compile times, its really a non issue anymore.
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post #9 of 31
Do NOT jump straight to Arch. You'll hate yourself for it. It's a huge leap from Ubuntu. I found the next most friendly was Fedora. Great suite of software straight off the install, and pretty decent driver support.

All of the distros you mentioned are logical next steps, so it's really hard to go wrong. I voted for Fedora, but my experience with OpenSUSE was also extremely pleasant, and my time with Debian was good, as well.

Check out the thread linked in my signature for my reviews. I was in your position when I began this project, so you might find it useful.

Good Luck!
    
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Quote:
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big-boy pants
lol... not any of the ones you listed would qualify. Gentoo / FreeBSD / maybe a few others.
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