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  • indigo196
    started a topic Hello... Distro recommendations

    Hello... Distro recommendations

    OK...

    I need some advice from a 'non-fanboi' board.

    I have tried Ubuntu, openSUSE, Fedora Core 8, Debian 'Etch' and Debian 'Lenny' on my home PC.

    Intel DP965LT C2D E6600 Nvidia 8800GTS 320
    I have some issues with 'Etch' with the sound card not being loaded properly (updated ALSA would likely fix that) and the network card being reported oddly with network tools.

    I am torn between KDE / Gnome but a slight lean on Gnome.

    So I am curious what Distros people like -- and the reasons you like them.

    Thanks (no flame wars please)

  • Kano
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    Of course latest one is always on the left side - look below preview release. Same URL + .md5 will be the checksum.

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  • indigo196
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    Originally posted by Kano View Post
    Thorhammer is based on Debian Etch + >60 backports. + latest kernel (modified Ubuntu one).
    Cool.

    The reviews I had read on it said it was based on SID. Do you have a link to the site?

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  • Kano
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    Thorhammer is based on Debian Etch + >60 backports. + latest kernel (modified Ubuntu one).

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  • indigo196
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    Originally posted by Kano View Post
    Thorhammer has kernel 2.6.24
    Its also based on the unstable branch of Debian. Not sure I want to go there, but I will do some reading on it. I am more of a 'stabilty' guy than a 'bleeding edge' guy. I just have newer hardware that is pushing me towards the bleeding edge or apparently a custom kernel.

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  • indigo196
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    Originally posted by mlau View Post
    Problems like these are kernel-dependent, not at all distro related; it could happen on any provided they
    use the same kernel. So when something like this happens
    grab the latest kernel package offered by your distro and try again. Or better yet, compile and test the
    latest git sources ;-)
    OK... I am relatively new to Linux (about 9-10 months now. Are there any issues with grabbing the latest kernel and then still using repositories from the 'base' install. I have been reading the Debian forums, but not managed to find an answer to that.

    If not then I guess I could go to the Kernel that 'Lenny' is using and still use 'Etch' repositories.

    I am starting to think I am 'anal' about control and just need to bite the bullet and go with Gentoo... which seems like a royal pain in the arse.

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  • Kano
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    Thorhammer has kernel 2.6.24

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  • mlau
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    Originally posted by indigo196 View Post
    I am a bit worried that it will not 'see' my CD-ROM which apparently is a big problem for distros.
    Problems like these are kernel-dependent, not at all distro related; it could happen on any provided they
    use the same kernel. So when something like this happens
    grab the latest kernel package offered by your distro and try again. Or better yet, compile and test the
    latest git sources ;-)

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  • indigo196
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    Originally posted by Kano View Post
    There are Firefox and Thunderbird in Debian just renamed to Iceweasel and Icedove. I don't get your problem...
    I understand that Iceweasel and Icedove are 'rebranded' Firefox and Thunderbird... but I disagree with the application of Debian's belief that such a move was necessary due to Firefox trademarking the logos.

    Was there a reason beyond the logos that caused the Debian Dev Team to rebrand the browser and associated programs?

    Beyond that Debian 'Etch' did not properly recognize my sound card; from what I can tell it needed an updated ALSA. There was also problems with the network card. Debian is running on my work machine, but my home machine presents a bit of a problem unless I move up to 'Lenny'.
    Last edited by indigo196; 01-08-2008, 10:16 AM.

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  • Kano
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    There are Firefox and Thunderbird in Debian just renamed to Iceweasel and Icedove. I don't get your problem...

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