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Which Linux Distro ?

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I had ventured into SuSe 8.2 pro a few years ago and after giving 9.0 a go, I lost everything in a crash. I went back to XP but still use Knoppix now and then.

 

I tried Knoppix 5.11 last night and thought it might be a good time to try setting up a work system again. Uses ... email, web site maintenance and browsing.

 

Which is the distro that will setup with the least headaches ?

 

No one ever talks about knoppix around here ... it there a reason ?

 

Would run on this system ...

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Depends what you really want to use it for (graphics, coding, test server), but for me fedora is the most straight forward. It (like ubuntu) holds your hand through the entire setup process. Plus it has TONS of developer tools and servers right on the DVD.

Edited by shatteredsteel

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I would certainly recommend giving the latest version of Ubuntu a go, (8.04) called Hardy Heron released April 2008.

 

It's very user friendly, easy to install and comes with all most people need as standard - best bit its free! If you are happy installing an O/S, then you will find it very straightforward.

 

Ubuntu 8.04

Edited by Great Gig

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Ubuntu is nice and all, and so is slakware, but I suggest giving gentoo a go. It is very nice and very fast, but it takes ages to install (about a full day for it to install). It is worth it as it is way faster than other linux distros.

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... I suggest giving gentoo a go... It is worth it as it is way faster than other linux distros.

Not totally true. The argument in favour of Gentoo is how every package gets compiled from source with optimized flags, hence it's potentially faster than a binary distro. To prove it in practise however is trickier. Several binary distros give the same freedom of only installing packages of your choice, hence booting and other routines are executed with the same speed as Gentoo.

 

(For a first time user it could be wise to give the Gentoo project some more time to settle before setting up a system based on it. Even for a pro-Gentoo person like me it's difficult at the moment to see where it's heading.)

 

On topic:

- if some suggest Ubuntu, then there's no reason not to mention Mandriva

- if easy means control according to the KISS-philosophy Arch is in my opinion superior

- if you want to be sure of finding specialized server packages with distro support Fedora or CentOS are good choices

- if you simply want a rolling-release that is as simple as it gets why not try a potential top 10 distro for the future, Pardus

 

Knoppix is still viewed as a good and solid distro, it's just that some distros become more fashionable at times, not necessarily because of quality merits. Why not simply give some distros a spin without putting to much effort into it and see what you like? It's much about personal preferences.

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i alwyas used slackware, and now with 12.1 it runs as my beautiful firewall on my 1.7ghz duron lol

 

:edit: on your first question, im not sure, but every time/isntallation of knoppix i have had, i have had horrible HDD problems almsot every time.. even with the "one disc bootable" version

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