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  • #16
    Originally posted by Aradreth View Post
    Archlinux is my current distro of choice purely because it gives me the power to do what I want without over complicating the whole thing or holding my hand all the time. Also once you go rolling release it's hard to go back.
    Yeah, I started out with Ubuntu Feisty/Gutsy64, but moved to Arch Linux64 when the Ubuntu devs basically stopped updating Gutsy to concentrate on Hardy. I recently upgraded to Hardy and I'm impressed, but I'm using Arch at the moment until 4front gets the OSS 4.1 repo fixed and I can get sound working again.

    I haven't felt the need to experiment since I have these two distros up and running. I did try Kubuntu64 and Fedora64 KDE, but KDE just makes the left side of my brain hurt. Gnome ftw.

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    • #17
      Gentoo. I know people say the install is hard but it really isn't. So long as you follow the handbook its really easy. The actual downside is just compile time but really a base install takes 2-2 1/2hrs tops. Then from there emerge your favorite gui and walk away for awhile. From what I've noticed it does seem a little more responsive then other distros I've tried like Fedora and Ubuntu. Second favorite would be ubuntu.

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      • #18
        I'm on Gentoo right now and like it a lot, thinking about branching out and trying some others too. I hated Ubuntu as of their last release, so I doubt that's for me, but am thinking of trying Archlinux, Fedora or OpenSUSE.

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        • #19
          Slackware! Is great to be a slacker...

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          • #20
            Originally posted by DanL View Post
            Yeah, I started out with Ubuntu Feisty/Gutsy64, but moved to Arch Linux64 when the Ubuntu devs basically stopped updating Gutsy to concentrate on Hardy. I recently upgraded to Hardy and I'm impressed, but I'm using Arch at the moment until 4front gets the OSS 4.1 repo fixed and I can get sound working again.

            I haven't felt the need to experiment since I have these two distros up and running. I did try Kubuntu64 and Fedora64 KDE, but KDE just makes the left side of my brain hurt. Gnome ftw.
            I tried the new ubuntu liveCD and it's come a long way since I last tried it (about 2 years ago now) I don't intend to change but I will be giving copies to friends/family.

            As for gnome v KDE I'll take KDE any day, configuring gnome with that registry like thing? Yuck.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Compxpert View Post
              From what I've noticed it does seem a little more responsive then other distros I've tried like Fedora and Ubuntu. Second favorite would be ubuntu.
              Only a little more responsive than Fedora or Ubuntu? Uh, that would be greatly disappointing for me, as Ubuntu is one of the the "slowest" distribution of all those I've tried myself. I rather imagined Gentoo to be slightly more responsive than Zenwalk and ArchLinux- and as per my experience they are way "faster" than Ubuntu.

              Anyway, I find Gentoo very interesting but never really tried it (for a longer time), because I couldn't be bothered with the long compiling times. But I might give it another try when I put myself a new system together (still waiting for Intel to finally(!) release their Core2 Quad Q9450 x-P)

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Janusz11 View Post
                Only a little more responsive than Fedora or Ubuntu? Uh, that would be greatly disappointing for me, as Ubuntu is one of the the "slowest" distribution of all those I've tried myself. I rather imagined Gentoo to be slightly more responsive than Zenwalk and ArchLinux- and as per my experience they are way "faster" than Ubuntu.

                Anyway, I find Gentoo very interesting but never really tried it (for a longer time), because I couldn't be bothered with the long compiling times. But I might give it another try when I put myself a new system together (still waiting for Intel to finally(!) release their Core2 Quad Q9450 x-P)
                When I used gentoo it was around the same speed as Arch but it will depend on how you build the packages really. The slight benefits you can get are out weight by the time spent tweaking/compiling in my eyes but each to his own I guess.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by lenrek View Post
                  Slackware! Is great to be a slacker...
                  +1 ..... ..... .....

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by lenrek View Post
                    Slackware! Is great to be a slacker...
                    I still use Slackware myself, despite using debian sid on my main box.

                    Have Slack 10.2 installed on my backup machine.

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                    • #25
                      Right now I'm pretty happy with Arch. I switched from Ubuntu to Arch because I needed something faster.

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                      • #26
                        Mandriva Powerpack

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                        • #27
                          I used to be a distro shuffler for a long time.... but now I use only Arch Linux because:

                          - It's F-A-S-T!!
                          - It's bleeding edge
                          - It has got pacman as package manager
                          - You can easily compile and package new programs thanks to AUR
                          - It's KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid)
                          - There's KDEmod

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