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Alright PCH, lets talk Linux Distros.

#21SinisterSlayPosted 10/8/2013 6:30:38 PM
New Mint has a lot of flaws, it doesn't even have Wine preinstalled.

These days I am recommending Zorin as a beginner to Linux.
Check it out, it was specifically designed to look and work like Windows, you can even choose which windows version. And it by default has Wine and everything needed to run windows programs in Linux without any tech knowledge.
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#22Orestes417Posted 10/8/2013 6:39:01 PM
mrCube posted...
Shub posted...
Installing Arch isn't hard, installing any Linux distro is rarely ever hard these days, it's after installation that it gets more dicey.


Installing Arch is definitely more difficult than most other distros, you have to manually edit a bunch of config files. You don't even need to consult a manual to install Ubuntu or other mainstream distros.


If reading basic english instructions is considered "hard" I weep for the state of education today and welcome our iPad cloud overlords
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#23mrCubePosted 10/8/2013 7:31:14 PM
It's probably pretty intimidating to someone who doesn't know Linux very well and who isn't used to working with a bash shell. There's no question it's harder than installing some of the more popular distros.

But yeah, it's mostly a matter of just reading the beginner's guide and typing the commands and hoping your hardware config isn't problematic.
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#24nobleisthynamePosted 10/11/2013 9:40:50 AM(edited)
Judgmenl posted...
It's more of the fact that there's no reason that these distributions have to have very poor documentation


You won't find better documentation than the Arch Wiki. That thing is incredible. But the main reason people like Arch is because of how lightweight it is. Outside of the basic Linux kernel and its dependencies you get to decide everything that gets installed on there. It also operates on a rolling release schedule so you're always on the bleeding edge of software while still having great stability.

I'm an Arch user, if you can't tell.
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#25Orestes417Posted 10/11/2013 9:47:01 AM
I'd say the main reason people use Arch is it's one of the very few binary rolling release distros out there, and none of the others does it particularly better. That and it stays out of the admin's way. Whether or not it ends up lightwaeight is up to the admin's discretion.

As far as the docs, yeah it's up there with the FreeBSD guys and Gentoo as far as completeness goes.
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#26nobleisthynamePosted 10/11/2013 9:52:08 AM
Orestes417 posted...

As far as the docs, yeah it's up there with the FreeBSD guys and Gentoo as far as completeness goes.


How is Gentoo? I've never used it myself but I've been interested in trying it.
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#27ChetyrePosted 10/11/2013 9:55:12 AM
Gentoo is a major pain to get started unless you already know how to configure a kernel. Other than that, it just takes a while to start because it compiles everything from source.
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#28nobleisthynamePosted 10/11/2013 9:59:58 AM
Is there good documentation for setting up the kernel?
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#29Worknofun370Posted 10/11/2013 10:01:57 AM(edited)
Orestes417 posted...
I'd say the main reason people use Arch is it's one of the very few binary rolling release distros out there, and none of the others does it particularly better. That and it stays out of the admin's way. Whether or not it ends up lightwaeight is up to the admin's discretion.



For me, it's pretty much this. Although the recent update to get rid of /bin /sbin etc etc annoyed me a bit more than it really should have, and wasn't as well done as I thought it could have been.

I also feel like it's the best technical distro that isn't technical. If that makes any sense... it doesn't really make any sense...
#30Digital StormPosted 10/11/2013 10:03:00 AM
Gentoo is the Devil.
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