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Hey guys, I would like to try out linux again, but this time I wanna get more hands on experience for customizing and other stuff. Just to get more knowledge of how stuff like that works.

Something along like this guide is describing:http://lifehacker.com/5680453/build-a-killer-customized-arch-linux-installation-and-learn-all-about-linux-in-the-process

But the guide is about Arch linux, are there any other options I should check? Would be dual booting it with Windows 8.
I have some experience with Mint and Ubuntu. But most of the stuff in there is just like in windows.

Thanks.
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Debian,Arch,Gentoo,Slackware all will give you a more hands on linux distro.
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Sabyon is my Linux flavor of choice and I think it is pretty good in the customization department. It basically installs everything you need out of the box like the 3D desktop and such. Sounds like if you started with Arch you'd just go and install a bunch of customization tools anyway. Sabyon will give you a bunch from the get go...unless you are looking for another distro of linux that is a blank slate to work on...or less of a blank slate than Arch is?
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Sabyon is my Linux flavor of choice and I think it is pretty good in the customization department. It basically installs everything you need out of the box like the 3D desktop and such. Sounds like if you started with Arch you'd just go and install a bunch of customization tools anyway. Sabyon will give you a bunch from the get go...unless you are looking for another distro of linux that is a blank slate to work on...or less of a blank slate than Arch is?

Thought more like, when I get something installed I only have command lines and then have to do everything else with it.
I dunno if stuff like that exists tho. Not really sure where to even start searching.

But I believe that its one of the best ways to learn something tongue.gif
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Debian,Arch,Gentoo,Slackware all will give you a more hands on linux distro.

if you want to use debian you should add that you need to use the metinstall or first cd and not the live dvd
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Thought more like, when I get something installed I only have command lines and then have to do everything else with it.
I dunno if stuff like that exists tho. Not really sure where to even start searching.
But I believe that its one of the best ways to learn something tongue.gif

I used to be big on command lines...then I got lazy with Windows, but you still do all the same configuration. You just get easy to use mouse clicks instead of comand line cheat sheets.

Though I think a lot of distros will do what you want...just do the command line installs where you don't have a GUI.
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Of course there's also buntu netinstall if you don't want to venture (though why you shouldn't IDK) into other distros.
     
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You could try a centOS minimal install. It is pretty bare bones, but doesn't require as much as Arch would to get working in the first place. I think you would enjoy trying to get stuff working with it. Besides, Yum > Aptitude (flame suit on!)
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, Yum > Aptitude (flame suit on!)

Pacman > Yum > Apt ( F a flame suit, ima start running biggrin.gifwink.gifthumb.gif )
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Originally Posted by dizzy4 View Post

, Yum > Aptitude (flame suit on!)

Pacman > Yum > Apt ( F a flame suit, ima start running biggrin.gifwink.gifthumb.gif )

madsmiley.png

apt>yum>pacman>ports>everything else

although I'm not %100 sure if I like apt better then yum and vasa versa

EDIT--

although, I've always kind of held apt/yum/pacman to the same level, and considered ports just as good but different..
Edited by jrl1357 - 12/10/12 at 2:34pm
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