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Poll Results: Which Linux?

 
  • 34% (12)
    Fedora
  • 8% (3)
    Debian
  • 2% (1)
    OpenSUSE
  • 37% (13)
    Arch
  • 17% (6)
    Other
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post #11 of 31
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Originally Posted by lloyd mcclendon View Post
lol... not any of the ones you listed would qualify. Gentoo / FreeBSD / maybe a few others.
gentoo is for masochists!
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Gentoo and FreeBSD don't have enough functionality out of the box for someone to have the resources to learn as he goes along. That's my biggest gripe with it.
    
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post #13 of 31
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Originally Posted by Versa View Post
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?
It really depends on what you think you want to learn next.

Debian is going to seem almost identical to Ubuntu for a long while, only with less orange and brown, some software old as sin, and various proprietary software harder to get.

Fedora is going to be quite different at first, though the software selection is still decent and reasonably up to date, and it'll give you a headstart if you wind up working at a shop using a lot of Red Hat servers.

I never could stand OpenSUSE. And I never could get an Arch virtual machine to boot.
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post #14 of 31
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Originally Posted by lloyd mcclendon View Post
lol... not any of the ones you listed would qualify. Gentoo / FreeBSD / maybe a few others.
Why so? I'm not so sure on Portage, but FreeBSD doesn't seem that bad based on distro's discription.
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post #15 of 31
FreeBSD and Gentoo are both the type of distro where you are given a kernel and command prompt and you figure it out from there. Until you know more about the inner workings of Linux, it's a bad idea, unless you have a second computer with a browser window open to help guide you.
    
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post #16 of 31
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It really depends on what you think you want to learn next.

Debian is going to seem almost identical to Ubuntu for a long while, only with less orange and brown, some software old as sin, and various proprietary software harder to get.

Fedora is going to be quite different at first, though the software selection is still decent and reasonably up to date, and it'll give you a headstart if you wind up working at a shop using a lot of Red Hat servers.

I never could stand OpenSUSE. And I never could get an Arch virtual machine to boot.
Woah woah, you haven't used Testing/Unstable with a mix of Experimental. It's not for the feint of heart. Though experimental is extremely unstable, weapons grade plutonium might be more stable. Testing/Unstable are actually pretty good though, out of all the years I've used it only once has an update fubared my installation.

Arch isn't hard either, if you follow the tutorials for it to the key you can get it set up with fairly minimal commands.
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post #17 of 31
I went with Arch, the others are pretty much the same level as Ubuntu. Yeah, you can do a minimal install of Debian, but you don't get to choose packages individually, just a general "machine use" setting. I guess you could start minimal, then add stuff with apt, but you might as well start with Arch in that case.

HOWEVER, in my opinion, you should compile a custom kernel for your Ubuntu install before jumping to 'the next-level' distro. It's a rite of passage
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post #18 of 31
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Originally Posted by cavallino View Post
gentoo is for masochists!
that is no joke

@OP i would honestly suggest going to fedora after 4 years, i've switched, i searched a long time for a "replacement", i tried arch for a few months, it was nice, it just wasn't "there" for me...there are a lot of problems with the rolling release model, depending on how you use it...arch is beginning to be plagued by it like the other rolling releases for it...there is a reason why most distro's have opted to be "set" releases instead of rolling.
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i honestly really like debian, i dont see why its tagged as noobish like ubuntu :/

its rock solid, has a great package manager many people are familiar with from ubuntu and the demon spawn of ubuntu... it has really well organized repos, stable for the rock solid older packages, testing for the newer stuff thats really stable, and unstable and experimental beyond that... you can pin packages you want to keep from stable and upgrade to testing and youve got a pretty good set up

i use command line more often than not in debian, its not like im stuck to a GUI... i use #! because its a custom set up of debian with openbox and a lot of programs i use by default, so it cuts out a lot of install time and its easy to set up while still being a very powerful and usable system with the stability and speed of debian

there is more than a few things wrong with ubuntu... but as far as debian goes its really good, and there is no reason it should be lumped into the same catagory as ubuntu :/ if you want a more usable less nooby break all your **** distro, but still like apt... debian is a GREAT choice

although if you do want to get respect from other linux users for which distro you run.... use arch or slackware or something lol fedora and opensuse are both good distros but i personally just hate em :/
Kinda meh now...
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post #20 of 31
I moved straight from Ubuntu to Arch and never looked back. It can be frustrating at times, but the documentation and community support is great and I've learnt a lot along the way. Would definitely recommend it
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