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ok so i know this probably isn't the first thread of this kind, but i'm just curious to hear other peoples suggestions for me.

i have a basic knowledge of linux, i've used fedora core 6, 7 and recently tried ubuntu. when my new computer gets here i'm going to be dual booting xp and some distro of linux but i'm not sure which one yet. i want to learn more linux and i know if i stick with ubuntu i will never learn anything, i will just use the GUI for everything. and fedora core i got sick of the rpms and similar thing as ubuntu. some what are some other recomendations for a slightly more complicated linux (if that is the right way to put it). i've heard a lot about slackware but i'm not sure if i want to be that bold or not, any other suggestions, or reasons why i should go with slackware?
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Become leet and join the FreeBSD club.
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thanks, any more info or special reason why?
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great link, thanks
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While FreeBSD isn't Linux, I still very much like it.

If you want to learn more about linux then try out Slackware or Arch. Both are nice and can teach you a lot.
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Debian and Gentoo were very popular in school, some pretty nice features on each.
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FreeBSD is nice, as he said above. A few things can be tricky with it, more so than in Linux. It is pretty easy to setup and use IMO. FreeBSD also has probably the best basic documentation in the form of their "handbook," available on their website. FreeBSD seems to be more centralized than most Linux distributions. What I mean by that is FreeBSD seems more like a professional product than any Linux distribution I have used. This is a major benefit, in my opinion. The package management/ 'ports' is worth learning too. If I remember correctly, ports is basically a way to compile all sorts of programs from source, but it is optimized/ made sure to work in FreeBSD by the ports team (or whoever does it).

Read about ports here: http://www.freebsd.org/ports/

There is also a package manager that installs a binary, so you don't have to wait for it all to compile (which can take a long time for some applications). I would recommend this for big applications like OpenOffice.Org, which took me 19 hours to compile! Most things compile quickly, however.

I have heard great things about Slackware too. It is supposed to be for the advanced user, but I have never installed it.

I am liking Fedora 7 right now. Tomorrow, I will probably install FreeBSD on an older computer that was running Ubuntu for my parents. That, or Slackware. I've never been able to install Slackware, it always says "not enough memory" or another error. Maybe new hardware will help.

You'll probably like FreeBSD, but be aware that it usually supports less desktop hardware than Linux (in my experiences)... but that isn't a problem unless you happen to have that hardware . Also, if you go FreeBSD, you will definitely want The Handbook. It will save you some head-aches for sure!
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post #9 of 19
Yeah in FreeBSD, don't get OpenOffice or KDE from the ports unless you don't mind not being able to use your computer for 2 days. Took me around 16-20 hours for each one.
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post #10 of 19
puppy linux,there is nothing better.
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