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I am totally new to Linux and I want to learn it inside and out. I already burned Slackware 11 onto a DVD but Debian and Gentoo have also caught my eye. I don't really care that these are considered difficult for newbies or whatever, I want to learn to use a REAL linux distro. I have a ton of time on my hands, a high IQ and an eagerness to learn the ins and outs.

What are the pros and cons of these distributions? Also, do I need a 2.6.x kernel for the machine in my signature?
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Gentoo...I just reformatted a drive for it...if you want to learn and master...
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debian is the way to go, from what i have heard gento takes day to load if you want a desktop
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Gentoo or FreeBSD

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and if you go with Gentoo, go with the command line install(minimal cd), you'll learn more that way.
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post #5 of 10
Gentoo.

And Debian as a "Just works" distro (That you CAN mess around in) Say, a backup option in a triple boot, or a laptop or something..
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Are you guys all Gentoo users that are recommending Gentoo or have you used Slack and Debian as well?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by indignation
Are you guys all Gentoo users that are recommending Gentoo or have you used Slack and Debian as well?
NO , Never felt like messing with Slax b/c I found Gentoo to be awesome. Never messed with Debian either, much for the same reason.
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Downloaded Gentoo 2006.1 LiveCD, will begin tomorrow.
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post #10 of 10
Yea Slackware is too out of date for you to use that. Debian Testing for your "just works" distro and Gentoo for your "I love to learn and dont mind getting migraines" distro
    
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