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My "some experience" is six years old and however many versions of Red Hat and Suse that have gone by in that time. I'd rather wade in than be shoved overboard.

I eventually want to move to Slackware, as my understanding is that is the most flexible distro available. That said, I am not sure I'll be able to get my hardware all set up using it right from the word go. Hence, I'd rather use a more beginner friendly distro. I think I'll download Ubuntu and see whether I learn anything. If not, I'll pick up something a little more advanced.

Do you really believe that someone that used Suse and Redhat 6 years ago will be able to wrangle Slackware? If so, I might revisit my thinking. After all, ski instructors no longer teach the snow-plow...learn it correctly from the start is a valid approach in many things.


Edit - and yes, it is learning the inner workings that appeals to me. A considerable Linux knowledge is necessary to make it superior to Windows with my usage priorities. (1-gaming 2-Internet 3-Email 4-digital media and 5-productivity)

Well some things have changed since then, and others remain the same. Slackware still follows as close as it can to Unix(BSD). However if you have any doubts about going straight into Slackware, then its not going to hurt to use Ubuntu first. I'm sure after you use Ubuntu for a bit then some things will come back to you.

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I forgot who recommended Sabayon Linux to me a few weeks ago, but I converted from an Ubuntu user to Sabayon once I gave it a go. I like the mindset the developers have in Sabayon, as it includes things that are useful, even if it makes Sabayon not 100% GPL. It includes MP3 playback, nVidia and ATI's binary drivers, flash player... All things that I had to manually add to Ubuntu, was already there.
I installed Sabayon on my second machine after who ever suggested that too. I thought it was pretty nice though. I liked the installer better than the one in Ubuntu.
I still don't care for those automated distros though.
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I installed Sabayon on my second machine after who ever suggested that too. I thought it was pretty nice though. I liked the installer better than the one in Ubuntu.
I still don't care for those automated distros though.
I'm not good enough for a distro that requires lots of manual stuff... as I R n00b.

About the only thing I can change with a command line without looking for info online is xorg.conf
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Well some things have changed since then, and others remain the same. Slackware still follows as close as it can to Unix(BSD). However if you have any doubts about going straight into Slackware, then its not going to hurt to use Ubuntu first. I'm sure after you use Ubuntu for a bit then some things will come back to you.


I installed Sabayon on my second machine after who ever suggested that too. I thought it was pretty nice though. I liked the installer better than the one in Ubuntu.
I still don't care for those automated distros though.
I'll keep that in mind. Perhaps I'll pick up a copy of slackware and take a crack at it. Using the skiing analogy, Ubuntu might be an intermediate taking a lesson on the bunny slope because he hasn't been on the mountain in a few years. Perhaps I am better off starting with the end product I wish to use.

And of course, I can always retreat to Ubuntu if I hit a wall.
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Perhaps I am better off starting with the end product I wish to use.
An old saying:
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If you learn Red Hat, you'll know how to use Red Hat. If you learn Debian, you'll know Debian. If you learn Slackware, you'll know linux.
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Well, that's the way to go. As a secondary machine, the learning curve can be pretty long without causing any real trouble. I certainly know enough to get the basic machine up and running, and from there it's a matter of learning things in proper order. Any good books on Slackware you recommend?
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Definitly take a look at this pdf.
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Definitly take a look at this pdf.
Thanks, I'll look it over. Another Slackware related quote I just came across that you might like:
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"Ubuntu" -- an African word, meaning "Slackware is too hard for me".
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Ubuntu gives you the OPTION of doing things for you. It's up to you if you wanna do it your way or theirs.

And for the record, a Mac can help teach you Unix... if you do things manually.
o rly?
dont listen to someone who says **** like that

EVEN IF you do things manually, you will be left CLUELESS as to the actual composition of the OS AS WELL AS ALL THE FUNCTIONS HIDDEN to the end-user. the console in apple is not as potent as the shells in linux distros...

BTW CONGRATS ON CHOOSING SLACKWARE! I myself have just installed it for the first time, and hobo helped me a lot with it. I am getting much better with linux just using it! its awesome.
    
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I have looked over the book, and I am sure it's the right OS for the long term. I now just need to get my Kung Fu good enough to kick M$ to the curb. I suppose it's a matter of Time*Commitment. It will be a happy day. With a little luck, I'll never buy Vista.

DVD image is downloading now. I'll be setting it up this week. Wish me luck!
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I have looked over the book, and I am sure it's the right OS for the long term. I now just need to get my Kung Fu good enough to kick M$ to the curb. I suppose it's a matter of Time*Commitment. It will be a happy day. With a little luck, I'll never buy Vista.
Same here - (i just got done with SuSe10.2 Enterprise edition (i couldnt get the Dell wireless 1390 mini-card to install right) but going to try Ubuntu Ultimate Gamers edition - w00t!!111!!!! - good luck on Ububntu .
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