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want to try new distro... any sugestions?

Discussion in 'General Linux' started by turkeythigh, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. turkeythigh

    turkeythigh Guest

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

  2. OldSmoky2

    OldSmoky2 Guest

    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.
  3. pane-free

    pane-free Guest

    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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  4. turkeythigh

    turkeythigh Guest

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

    turkeythigh Guest

    Decided that slackware is in order.
  6. pane-free

    pane-free Guest

    Good decision. OSU?
  7. turkeythigh

    turkeythigh Guest

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

    codesun Guest

    LFS, best choice
  9. Artim

    Artim Guest

    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,
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  10. Tux1342

    Tux1342 Guest

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

    turkeythigh Guest

    i forgot that i have tried gentoo... not a big fan.
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  12. Kryyll

    Kryyll Guest

    Slackware is one of my favorite distros. It's super stable and has never done me wrong. Gentoo is also one of my favorite distros and if you use Gentoo you will learn a lot about the GNU/Linux system. I highly recommend both but if you want ease of use, choose slack.

    I have had great experiences with both. Slackware everything is done for you and you can live a simple life! Gentoo takes a ton of work but once you get it complete it's awesome. Gentoo has taught me a lot about troubleshooting my GNU/Linux system.

    Arch is another really great system to run. You can learn a lot from that one too. Personally I'm not a huge fan of Arch but I do have a Manjaro system that I use for school. Also, arch's wikis are amazing.

    Lastly, Slitaz is a cute little distro. However, I would rather use Puppy or Porteus just because they have more things included and seem to work a little better. Then again, I've only ran Slitaz for a couple days.
  13. chimichurri

    chimichurri Guest


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