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post #21 of 30
i've never used slackware, whats so special about it that everyone on here likes it so much
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post #22 of 30
idk I'm liking fedora atm
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post #23 of 30
yeah my first linux was fedora core then i tried ubuntu. i don't know if i have any preference one or the other, except rpms get a little annoying
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i've never used slackware, whats so special about it that everyone on here likes it so much
Slackware is considered the most stable by many. They only upgrade to versions of programs when it's been proven stable for a long time. Slackware 11 just started including the 2.6 kernel, when others have been using it for years. It still defaults to the version 2.4 kernel though.

Slackware is also one of the more "difficult" versions. It lets you tweak the operating system more, without trying to hide any of the inner workings. It doesn't hold your hand like Ubuntu.
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post #25 of 30
gotcha, can everything stillbe done through gui, or is it more command line?
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gotcha, can everything stillbe done through gui, or is it more command line?
It's much more command line.

It does still have a GUI, it just doesn't have a bunch of special GUI programs added to help with the more common things.
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post #27 of 30
ok cool. i'm not sure if i'm ready for that yet, but maybe someday haha

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post #28 of 30
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Oh, and none of the tutorials I had to look at ever gave me a GUI version of any command. Take this one: "echo "et.x86 0 0 direct" > /proc/asound/card0/pcm0p/oss"
I also have absolutely no idea what it DOES, thanks to all the abbreviated commands...
If you're getting into more unix command they can't be easily done in a GUI - that is part of what makes unix based os's better. What that command does it it places the string et.x86 0 0 direct into the file /proc... In a GUI you would have to go to the directory, create a file, and put that string into it. It's entirely possible to do these things using a GUI - just more complicated than one text-based command. You wont find guides telling you to do that because it is much easier to do it with unix
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I'd just like to clarify...the reason I gave that NVidia metaphor was because it barely gave any instructions on how to compile/install the drivers. (basically assuming I was a geek)
I'm really thinking there should be SOME Linux distribution that tries to make big moves to provide more familiarity with Windows users; fact is, most people won't want to switch if it isn't easy.
The toy car analogy is good, and proves Linux is great for anyone who knows what they're doing. Unfortunately...I don't know what I'm doing.
Windows Vista let me change the boot sequence in a simple graphical interface. Maybe there's not a way to do it in XP, but you have to consider dual-boot options if you're trying to get people to switch to your operating system.
Additionally, if Linux people have that mentality about security, I won't make any negative comments; I will only expect them to NEVER make any sort of jabs towards Vista's User Account Control (which can, by the way, be turned off at the user's own risk)
I feel you, bro. Linux isn't ready for the average user yet (and no, it doesn't work the other way around; "The average user isn't ready for Linux yet.")
post #30 of 30
sounds like you want xandros dont think its free though. hell opensuse would do everything you want with gui tools

edit: xandros has a thirty day trial. think i used it once but cant remeber. its supposed to be sort of a windows clone but still 100% linux albeit dumbed down chronically for windows refugees
    
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