want to try new distro... any sugestions?

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  1. turkeythigh

    turkeythigh New Member

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    anybody want to suggest a new distro for me to try. ive used ubuntu debian redhat and fedora. and am curently running linux mint.

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    OldSmoky2 New Member

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    Bodhi Linux is an interesting distro. It's based on Ubuntu but uses Enlightenment as the interface/window manager. It's very lightweight - I use it on my old netbook and it's very fast and very customizable.
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    Greetings from WA, OR!

    Since you have tried the Debian, Redhat and Ubuntu families of GNU/Linux, may I suggest the last (and oldest), Slackware?

    I favor Salix since it has dependency-checking similar to Deb/Ubu. Another decent one in this family I have tried is Absolute. It's good on older PCs.

    Also, if you have not given Puppy Linux a whirl, I highly recommend the new Slacko 5.4 -- puppy that uses Slackware and Salix repos as well as its own. With puppy, you will need a small USB stick best dedicated to its use only (but a larger one with sufficient space can be used, as well).

    Regarding Gentoo -- many like it, but I prefer Slack. Try Sabayon, as a suggestion if you want to sample a gentoo-based distro that will not give the user headaches. Same for Arch. These latter two are better saved for when the user has a firm foundation in Linux, IMHO.

    The only other one I can think of to suggest is PCLinuxOS (Mandriva-based, originally). Once used to debian repos, however, you will find selection of packages lacking.

    Best wishes! And which part of OR?
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    turkeythigh New Member

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    thank you for the input. albany/corvallis area
  5. turkeythigh

    turkeythigh New Member

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    Decided that slackware is in order.
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    pane-free Active Member

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    Good decision. OSU?
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    turkeythigh New Member

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    i dont know anything about slitaz ill have to check it out
    and no im not in school right now.
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    codesun New Member

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    LFS, best choice
  9. Artim

    Artim New Member

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    It's too hard of a question to answer without knowing what you want from your distro. Do you want to "learn Linux?" Slackware, Gentoo, Linux-From-Scratch. Do you want to install a ready-to-use, one-size-fits-all drop-in replacement (well, kinda) for Windows? Mepis, PCLinuxOS, Linux Mint, Ubuntu. Something super stable for a "mission critical" computer for work or school? Slackware again, SalixOS (built on Slackware), Debian Stable, CentOS (built on Red Hat), Scientific Linux. Something dark and sinister-looking but really nice on older hardware? Crunchbang Linux (Debian-based).

    But as a new Slacker who started out in Ubuntu and got scorned by a bunch of snobby stuck-up techno-geeks on Debian forums when I was trying to get my Debian install configured, I just can't resist repeating s little saying that I found in some Slackware literature:

    Learn Debian and you'll learn - Debian.
    Learn Slackware and you'll learn LINUX.


    With no disrespect towards Debian,
    Artim
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    Tux1342 New Member

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    Well, why not give a "do it yourself" distribution a try? I'm am arch user and love it, give it a try.

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