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What Linux Distro do YOU use?Simple question: What Linux distro do you use
What I use :
- Edubuntu (thin client Server installation) 6.06 LTS & 7.04
- openSuse 10.2
- Damn Small Linux (but will be trying TinyMe, based on PCLinuxOS, when it comes in )
What I have used :
- Red Hat 8 & 9.0
- Ubuntu 4.1 & 5.04
- CentOS (Red Hat Enterprise Linux clone) 4.3
- openSuse 10.2
- Damn Small Linux (ver???)
- (soon) TinyMe (tba)
Originally posted by DutchSpirit:
PcLos MiniMe 2008 is just working happily on my Acer Ferrari 4000
my Broadcom wireless and Ati X700 works great
having had a load of troubles with (Ubuntu,OpenSuSe and Mandriva) all versions off the last 3 years
tried Sabayon but is too bloated
MiniMe is the way to be
Excellent. Based on PCLinuxOS for those that don't know.
If you don't use Linux. You're going to HELL!!!
There is no 100% software solution to safeguarding one's OS setup. Only redundancy in separate media i.e. another HDD, in my case. I clone (Acronis MigrateEasy) my HDD every 2-5wks. That one stays in my dresser drawer.
Originally posted by obchase:
Fedora 8 on my laptop and Linux Mint 4.0 on my gf's
At work I'm stuck with XP and dial-up internet... doubly depressing.
How is Fedora on the laptop, does it detect most of it?
I just got my hands on a Dell D400 and I openSuse detected most things. The Broadcomm wifi wasn't initially detected but after running
install_bcm43xx_firmwareit has been working fine (seeing my neighbor's unprotected networks just fine )
It still hasn't detected my internal modem (thankfully I still have my trusty ol' USR external that works with all distros so far!)
I want to try Fedora (CentOS was far from satisfying) and am curious about how well it will detect it or install tools for battery monitoring, hibernating/suspending, wifi strength meeter (and wifi card), etc.
Besides, unlike Ubuntu it was at least capable of recognising my screen resolution from the get go.
The added customisability of KDE is also very welcome.
My sanity rests in Linux or FreeBSD. I've done quite a bit with FreeBSD 4.x, 5.x and 6.x. I've installed and run some dozen or so Linux distros over the years. I rather like some of what CentOS does (a RedHat clone), really enjoy Debian for some things, hate all the Ubuntus and Mandrake derivatives, and have always loved SUSE. I deeply regret the demise of Libranet. I run openSUSE 10.3-x64 on my desktop, which has an AMD dual-core. My Dell Latitude D505 also runs openSUSE 10.3.
Unfortunately, all the clients in my work run XP on their home computers, as does my otherwise terrific wife.
Other distro's I've tried:
- OpenSuSE 10.2
- Red Hat Linux 6 (looong time ago)
Friend of mine recently got a Toshiba Satellite laptop, he's also a Mandriva fan. Mandriva 2008.0 didn't support his wireless though - or his sound card - so he really couldn't do much with it. But the new 2008.1 Spring edition works, other than DNS issues which make Opera and Firefox a little difficult (we're used to that).
(Standard router issue, Konqueror works but Firefox and Opera don't, so he'd need to manually enter the DNS to get FF and O to work.)
Main thing ... depending on the chipset, I wouldn't be surprised if it did work in Ubuntu 8.04, due on the 24th.
I finally got CentOS 4.3 running nicely on my server and passing files around to (almost) everybody else.
The kids are still using Edubuntu, and I'm not going to change anything anytime soon.
My Laptop is still running Windows XP and openSUSE 10.2 w/KDE (on one hard drive), openSUSE 10.2 w/Gnome and Ubuntu 7.10 (on a second hard drive).
Of course there is a new version of Ubuntu coming out soon (10 days), and a new Fedora (15 days) afterwhich I should have enough time to get into trouble and done with those when opneSUSE 11.0 comes out in June!
This could be getting worse, though... I'm finally getting DSL here (woo hoo!) so it's going to be too easy to download and try even MORE Distros!
- Fedora Core 4
- Sabayon (awful distro, in my opinion)
- Gentoo Linux
My favorite is distro, is, by far, Gentoo Linux.
I first used Fedora Core 4. It isn't a bad distro once you get used to the rpm and yum CLI.
Then, I installed Sabayon for a few days. It is big, slow, unstable! The worst distro I've ever installed. I quickly formatted the partition containing this cr*p.
Then, I installed Gentoo. I like the lack of installation program. It was so much easier to SAFELY install it where I want than with automatic installation programs for which I never know exactly what they do.
I knew that compiling the kernel could very slightly improve performances, but I never expected it to be so significant in boot speed, stability and hardware compatibility.
The Gentoo package system is pretty good, if you've a good Internet connection (though, 512 Kbit/s is more than necessary) and a fast CPU (e.g. a 2.66Ghz Pentium IV processor). There're a few dependency bugs, but overall, packages aren't too buggy.
The package system is really great because:
- It's optimized for YOUR CPU (this isn't the most important advantage, in my opinion).
- You minimize package dependencies, and improve system stability by compiling packages with the options (USES in Gentoo jargon) you need only.
- It's very easy to stop the build process and modify source code in order to change features. For example, I easily modified the libXm library to make left mouse clicks work like middle mouse clicks on scroll bars.
- It's easy to install several versions of KDE or GCC concurrently.
The negative points are:
- Very long compilation times on slow CPU.
- Long downloading times (fortunately, they compilation and downloading can be done concurrently).
On a LAN, these can be reduced by distributed compilation (distcc) and binary package repositories with a server on the LAN.
Unlike heavy systems such as Fedora Core, I built my Gentoo system from ground up (stage3 image), adding software I need, rather than removing software I don't use.
Eventually, the boot system is easier to manage, and faster, than the BSD-style boot process. Services declare their dependencies. No need to use priorities.
Knoppix, Ubuntu and Debian aren't bad systems, however, they've too negative points:
- Conflicts nightmare make the package system awful to use.
Fedora Core has few package conflicts.
Gentoo had nearly zero package conflicts.
Debian packages have as many package conflicts than they've dependencies! (That's a bit exaggerated).
Seriously, I didn't manage to install Opera on Knoppix. I finally used the .tar.gz image.
- Why the heck do Debian developers modify the package?
That makes the GNU/Linux systems LESS interoperable!
Rather than using the perfectly fine and most powerful config files given by the original programs, Debian has a weird policy... It creates its own config files and auto-generates the normal config file through a script program.
Don't get me wrong, I don't hate Debian & derived distros, but I feel they create problems that don't exist in other distros, for the sake of doing things differently.
Originally posted by sgunhouse:
Strange, Sabayon is just a version of Gentoo. Well, maybe back when you tried it, it wasn't that good ...
Sabayon loses all the advantages of Gentoo because it includes tons of unstable pre-compiled packages.
A standard Sabayon installation contains many things you don't need, many unstable packages, only pre-compiled packages unoptimized for your platform and with many options you don't want compiled in it, reducing stability and filling the HD.
Eventually, Sabayon is MORE unstable than Microsoft Windows 98 SE, and I realized that I would've to uninstall 100% of it to get a good system.
It looks like Sabayon developers didn't understood the philosophy of Gentoo.
Sabayon moves away from Gentoo to such an extent that Fedora Core is not further from Gentoo than Sabayon.
24. May 2008, 20:20:21 (edited)
Originally posted by sgunhouse:
Oh, they expect you to set your compiler flags and then recompile everything ...
And specify USES? And re-install only packages you want with the specific version you want?
In that case, what's the need for Sabayon? Isn't it easier to install Gentoo from scratch, rather than installing a big Sabayon thing to uninstall 99% of it immediately? Starting from Gentoo is just simplier and safer (no risk of leaving some unstable unstable crashing your computer every five minutes).
In some sense, Sabayon proves one the power of Gentoo. All Gentoo setups are different and highly customized. You can shape your Gentoo system in all imaginable ways. From the best shape... to the worst...
I admit that not everybody dislike the choices made by Sabayon: Some people like bloated unstable systems with fancy graphics, animations, 3D effects.
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