[Off Topic] Favorite Linux Distros?

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  1. tcyree2202

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    I'm a huge Linux/Open source software fan, for a few reasons. I don't know how to code, nor do I have any knowledge of network security. Even though I've been using Linux for a couple years, I still have only a basic knowledge of the inner workings, i.e. command line tools and the like. However, the philosophy behind open source is right up my alley, so to speak. I'm a firm believer that technology shouldn't be held back by large corporations whose first and foremost motive is profit. With that said, if you use Linux, feel free to post your favorite distro, why you like it, or any other open source software you find helpful.

    Personally, I use openSUSE. In my own experience, openSUSE does KDE extremely well. I find YaST to be one of the best administrative tools/graphical package managers out there. It also seems to have excellent tools for network security/administration, though I've never had a need to make use of those them. The Packman repositories are another great resource. There's just so much software! :icon_ banana: Only issues I ever seem to have, with any distro, is my graphics card apparently hates compositing, especially compiz. It plays ok with kwin, but sometimes still crashes. I may end up switching to the nouveau driver, because it seems more stable than the official nvidia drivers.

    I've used Fedora, Ubuntu, Linux Mint (Ubuntu base) in the past, and I've played around with other distros in Virtualbox, usually when I'm bored. If you haven't tried Linux Mint, I highly recommend it over its Ubuntu base. Totally community supported, and it managed to work it's way up to number 3 or 4 on DistroWatch, I think.

    Feel free to post links and/or screenshots. :cool:
     
  2. ChevyNo1

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    I've used a few different ones over the years - current favorite is Ubuntu 10.04 64-bit ...
     
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    I've tried a few distro's myself, linux mint included. I was under the impression that Ubuntu and the rest of the *buntu family lol are all Debian based distros.

    I am a Slacker when it comes to using a linux distro, Slackware 13. Also with Linux there is virtually no worries about threats like virus's or others, plus linux is sooo stable with no limits as to watch you can do with your system. The amount open source software is crazy. When I do have to use window$ OS, all the software I use is open source software (i.e. Firefox,Thunderbird, Gimp, OpenOffice etc.). From what I've heard, the notorious IPhone uses a Linux kernel, imagine that.

    You can't beat the stability and limitlessness of the Penguin.!!

    That's the main reason for my choice in Android based phones.
     
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    Sweet! Thanks for sharing, Chevy. I like Ubuntu, too, but I always seem to break something when I use it, lol. But it is what got me interested in Linux originally. :)
     
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    They are in fact all Debian based, you're right there. :) Slackware is one I haven't tried yet. I'll have to give that one a shot!
     
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    Ubuntu is great. I just throw what ever interests me on to a flash drive and run it through Quem where ever I go. ;)
     
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    Ubuntu is great. It's one I always recommend when someone new shows an interest in linux. :)
     
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    I use Arch Linux. I would use Gentoo, but I'm too lazy to compile my own kernel.
     
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    i started with debian many years ago, and am now using ubuntu 10.04
     
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    One day I'll get around to learning how to compile a kernel. For now, I'm too lazy as well. :)
     
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    Crunchbang (#!) is my favorite. It's Debian-based, and runs much of the same software as Ubuntu. Very light, very stable. I have an installation on a bootable 1gb USB drive, which I've used countless times to rescue friends' Windows machines from viruses and disk errors. What I like the best is that the majority of the GUI is accessible through keyboard shortcuts. Makes navigation very quick and easy. Take a look, it's a lot of fun :)
     
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    I rarely run Linux much anymore but my favorite over the past several years has been PCLinuxOS. I'm planning on taking a few distro's for a spin before long though. I don't do much with computers anymore really so I like PCLOS because everything works right out of the box, and using synaptic to manage packages is a cake walk.
     
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