What linux distro do you use?

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  1. JurgenWigg macrumors 6502

    JurgenWigg

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    I've tried Ubuntu on a laptop before, and found the wireless support leaving much to be desired... What other distros have you guys used with good results?
     
  2. x86 macrumors regular

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    I have always had good luck with Suse & RedHat. I found Ubuntu to be a little too plain.
     
  3. risc macrumors 68030

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    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 or CentOS Linux 4 (a RHEL 4 clone).
     
  4. disconap macrumors 68000

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    I use Ubuntu on an old PC laptop. The wireless works fin (it's pcmcia, though).

    I've tried out SUSE, but it just crashes the PC after install. Wasn't able to sort the problem out so I gave up on it and another distro I tried, I'll probably end up putting Ubuntu on that machine as well.
     
  5. Roger1 macrumors 65816

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    I use pclinuxOS, and Debian. Both are very good.
     
  6. Queso macrumors G4

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    The latest Ubuntu (Dapper 6.06) has support for Airport Extreme including using WEP encryption. Bit of a step up from Breezy.
     
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    Not using any Linux as the moment, but when I did, Slackware and Fedora Core 2...
     
  9. stonyc macrumors 65816

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    When I fiddled with linux, Redhat and ubuntu.
     
  10. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    Xubuntu is a bit snappier on the old Dell that it is installed on than Ubuntu or Kubuntu, so I use that...
     
  11. iTwitch macrumors 6502a

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    Mandrake for the past few years on a PC desktop and Slackware for several years before that.
     
  12. Uma888 macrumors 6502

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    Slax on friends pcs or when at uni

    Slackware at home on main pc
    SuSe on 2nd PC
     
  13. thesdx macrumors 6502a

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    I've got a laptop running PCLinuxOS right now, which is soon to be replaced with a MacBook (ultra-portable if it comes out). Both PCLinuxOS and Mandriva are nice. All experiences I've had with Ubuntu have been bad. It doesn't work with anything.
     
  14. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    you know this was an old thread right?

    anyways, i've messed around with a few different distos, but i never stuck with any of them
     
  15. adrake86 macrumors regular

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    ubuntu all the way. I just love the latest version. :)
     
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    I've played with many over the years.

    I run a full-time Debian Etch-based server. It's actually a reclaimed PowerMac G3/300 "beige desktop". Runs far more stably than it ever did with Classic Mac OS on it.
     
  17. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Bumping old thread because I have taken a recent interest in Linux. Running Ubuntu (7.xx) on an old G4. Waiting for v8 for the Macbook Pro and putting XUbuntu 6.06 on a G3.
     
  18. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Ubuntu is my choice Linux distro, but I use Xandros on my EEE PC(because it comes installed, and works nicely for my needs)
     
  19. martychang macrumors regular

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    Ubuntu is merely decent to me, I don't like the full-sudo adminstration idea, I've never heard a convincing reason for why its existance, and while everybody says "SECURITY" I see more to suggest it's less secure than su w/ root when used correctly. Also, Ubuntu's fringe packages tend to be a bit buggy.

    Debian is nice, but it's pretty old software. It's not that bad really, it's just annoying, I like having a recent version of VLC. Meanwhile, Testing/Sid lose the stability that makes Debian great.

    I hate the way SuSe makes YaST the "one utility to rule them all." The fact that NVIDIA has a special SuSe guide for installing their graphics driver, and no other distro has/needs a specialized guide says enough.

    I like Slackware, I just wish more people built packages for it, especially library packages. I can't put up with it in reality because finding certain libraries is such a pain, makes you wonder how the Debian people and such have them in repo if nobody can find them.

    PCLinuxOS is sweet, I just wish they had a more diverse package selection. Including Ndiswrapper drivers is smart.

    Zenwalk is like Slackware that can actually be used, Netpkg is a simple and effective package manager, though it has even fewer packages than PCLinuxOS. It's stable, fast, has out of the box multimedia, great wireless support, and is very up to date if you run a netpkg upgrade every so often. And yet, all the Slackware tools are still there if you want to do it the old fashioned way. This is the distro I gave to my mom, and you should see why if you use it.

    Despite that glowing review, I'm currently moving to Red Hat type distros, CentOS 5.1 right now but I may go to Fedora 9 when it's released soon here. I want to familiarize myself with it some since I intend to go for the Red Hat Certified Engineer cert in the next year or so. I'll end up taking the Red Hat courses anyway, but I may as well start poking around now.
     
  20. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    I used a Ubuntu LiveCD on my iBook a few times, the Bluetooth support was non-existant (although that may vary depending on your Bluetooth hardware, U was usnig a Bluetooth USB dongle) and I am sure that you need command line knowedge to install apps, so not good for if you dont know about UNIX, although Ubuntu is pretty good, and there is Kubuntu if you prefer KDE to GNOME.
     
  21. Cybix macrumors 6502a

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    Fedora... using it for my dedicated web/mail servers and is my distro of choice when setting up a new client :)
     
  22. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    I have booted Ubuntu from a live CD a few times, it's decent I suppose.
     
  23. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Linux From Scratch when I can be bothered to use the old PC.

    What I really need is more ethernet ports so I can leave it turned on all the time as a server :(.
     
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