Favorite Linux Distro ?

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Hey Torner,
I gotta go with puppy, I was able to do installs on two laptops that were all about done (an IBM and a Gateway Solo). I tried Feather and it did not work at all, and other Linux distros would not work because they took more ram then my laps had.
With the Gateway Solo I totally wiped clean all traces of Win. it worked fine up until my son pulled it off a table by the power cord:eek: and broke the screen. The IBM Think Pad that still runs off of puppy 2.0. I had needed a go between from work to home. I used Open Office in conjunction with Excel and Word and it worked great. At first I used a live CD but it would not save any of my sessions so I did (with a lot of help from the folks at http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/ ;) a install and that did the trick. Just about a year ago I got a Mac G4 with Win. Office for Mac so the IBM has gone in a box but it still runs great as of this past summer
opps:mad::( I spoke too soon, I just started up the IBM and I am getting Error codes 00161 and 00163 (date and time). It will not accept my correction and let me move on....
well back to the drawing board
 
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I've also switched to using the Gnome desktop instead of KDE. I have high hopes that Gnome will implement some of KDE's great features...The more people that ask for them the more chance that they'll do the features:

http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=527038

For instance
1. F4 to bring up the command line in the current browsing directory.
2. When windows are opened, the window manager puts them in places that optimize desktop space instead of stacking them on top of each other.
 
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Any distro can become unstable using a custom kernel if you're not careful...
 

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Any distro can become unstable using a custom kernel if you're not careful...
It's not that bad, really. I was a long time Slackware user and constantly kept my kernel updated from source AND I usually had a new kernel installed before the other distros did.

What caused me the most grief was upgrading glibc from source. Now that would cause my system to stop working if I didn't do that correctly. :)

Peace...
 
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That's one of the greatest things about Linux - even the core of the operating system can be updated while it is running and all files overwritten BEFORE reboot (In Windows they are stored in a temporary dir).
 
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My fav is fedora 8, it is easy to use and makes the learning curve of Linux much more gentle in a better way than Ubuntu, which imo is too dumbed down and just holds your hand too much, while still allowing you to learn your way around Linux reasonably quickly. It seems much more responsive and more stable than any Winblows I've ever used.
I dont like Ubuntu because
a) it has a crap name.
b) its slower and more cumbersome than fedora.
c) its for the sort of people who call the monitor a computer, and the computer a disk drive.
 
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I've been using Linux since 1998, and have tried most of the well-known ones as well as Solaris and a few different BSDs; and while it's true that you learn more about how things work by using a more serious bare-bones OS (e.g. Debian, Gentoo, FreeBSD) instead of a polished user-friendly one (e.g. Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS, Fedora), I have high blood pressure and can do without the stress. My main workstation at home multi-boots Windows XP, 64 Studio (based on the AMD64 port of Debian stable) and Linux Mint (based on Ubuntu). 64 Studio is useful for making music as it has a realtime kernel and lots of useful multimedia software bundled with it, but the realtime kernel isn't any good for multitasking or running VMware. Linux Mint is just nice to use all-round, they took Ubuntu and made it more friendly and intuitive (yes, easier to use than Ubuntu).
 
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I started out using Kubuntu, or at least the liveCD, which I couldn't get to recognize my HD, then Debian, which I couldn't get to dual-boot with Windows, then Mepis, which I think is pretty good, then Ubuntu, then I tried booting Knoppix from a usb drive, then OpenSuSE which gave me all kinds of weird problems, and now back to Ubuntu.

Ubuntu's the only one I've tried that hasn't given me cryptic error messages that take weeks of online research to fix. There are things about it I don't like, but overall I think it's my favorite desktop distro that I've tried so far (but I want to try Mint; I'd like to get around to it sometime).
 
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