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I've often thought that Arch's install media is amongst the worst in Linux, but always persevered because once it's installed it's very little maintenance. However this time round might be a problem too far. I've tried two install ISOs, one doesn't output via my display port and the other does some weird stuff to me ethernet NIC (the NIC shows up, but refuses to connect via DHCP). Both the graphics and network adaptor are Intel, so there's really no excuse for compatibility problems rolleyes.gif

Anyhow, since this is my workstation, I can't waste much more time on it, so if ArchBang doesn't work either (I'd rather install vanilla Arch if I could) then I either need to use another distro of give up and run Windows mad.gif

Advice please
post #2 of 48
Can't help with the Arch NIC issue, but is there anything wrong with the cookie-cutter suggestions like Ubuntu (and variants), Mint or Fedora? I use Fedora on my workstation, it works well.
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Can't help with the Arch NIC issue, but is there anything wrong with the cookie-cutter suggestions like Ubuntu (and variants), Mint or Fedora? I use Fedora on my workstation, it works well.

I really don't like Ubuntu. Fedora might be a consideration though. I was thinking Debian unstable, but there's no reason why I couldn't go down the Redhat route instead.

I basically want something that's going to run for years, easy updates and a lots of software in the repos.

I'm actually considering FreeBSD tbh. But that might cause bigger issues as I'd need Virtualbox and/or VMWare
post #4 of 48
You could consider Linux Mint Debian Edition, too -- it's based on Debian testing, not Debian unstable.
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ahh, it was testing I meant before rather than unstable.

I managed to get ArchBang installed now anyway. So I'll just remove the "Bang" bits and make it more my own smile.gif

thanks for you help anyway
post #6 of 48
Hello
I see you have a workable solution so this is just idle curiosity but if you were willing to go to BSD which has less hardware support and fewer available packages, why wouldn't you consider Slackware with it's BSD init system and vanilla nature lending itself to fewer customization limits?
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Hello
I see you have a workable solution so this is just idle curiosity but if you were willing to go to BSD which has less hardware support and fewer available packages, why wouldn't you consider Slackware with it's BSD init system and vanilla nature lending itself to fewer customization limits?

Hardware support isn't an issue (it's all intel gear) and FreeBSD has a very impressive number of packages (you'd be surprised at just how good it is - its better than many Linux distros).

The reason I discounted Slackware was the same reason I always discount Slackware these days; because it's source based and because upgrades are a pain in the arse.

I do love Slackware as a distro; I genuinely do. But it's too hands on for an office PC where productivity is the first and foremost priority. If Slackware offered a decent binary repository and a way to mix that with sources like FreeBSD and Arch do, then I might have installed it ("might" being the keyword. because I'd have still tried Arch before Slack and I did manage to get Arch installed in the end)
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I thought I read somewhere (possibly comment on Slashdot) that suse was a good workstation distro. Just curious if you had opinion on that one way or the other? Was suse (OpenSuse, whatever) a consideration? I've never tried myself.

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PC-BSD would probably have been a decent choice. You get the best of both worlds, FreeBSD (with ZFS if you want it) on the back end and a modern desktop UI right out of the box.
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I thought I read somewhere (possibly comment on Slashdot) that suse was a good workstation distro. Just curious if you had opinion on that one way or the other? Was suse (OpenSuse, whatever) a consideration? I've never tried myself.

Note: posted from phone.
Yeah it was a consideration. I do like OpenSuse.
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PC-BSD would probably have been a decent choice. You get the best of both worlds, FreeBSD (with ZFS if you want it) on the back end and a modern desktop UI right out of the box.

tbh if I was bothered about a desktop out of the box then I wouldn't be installing Arch smile.gif
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