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abcjak

join:2012-12-18
reply to morisato

Re: A question about Linux ISOs, No Really LINUX ISO's For real!

I would recommend sticking with the main distros...any one at all. Maybe you could start with one of the distro's geared towards a certain type of user but you're really killing yourself in the long run. If you learn how things are done in the generic way, you can use ANY distro afterwards...and i mean ANY other distro because they're 95% the same at their foundations. If you want a bsd, pick a mainstream BSD.. freebsd, openbsd, whatever. BSD ports kicks butt, btw.

If you want a linux, start with fedora, slack, debian, turbo, or another main distro, and learn how to use them from the command line. After that, you can avoid all the proprietary utilities and config tools that railroad you into doing things in unconventional ways. when you realize they are all the same underneath, you will be free to switch between most distros transparently, it's completely liberating when you learn to config and do things from a terminal. go vi! the cli is of of the best ways to manage a server remotely too.


Guspaz
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Slackware is definitely NOT a good distro to start off with, nor is it particularly mainstream these days (DistroWatch has it as #11 amongst all *nix). TurboLinux is super niche, #96, so I don't know why you would suggest sticking with a mainstream distro and then naming one of the most obscure niche distros possible.

The order of popularity of *nix distros is a bit surprising these days, but the ordering is:

1) Mint (3.5k HPD)
2) Mageia (2.6k HPD)
3) Ubuntu (1.9k HPD)
4) Fedora (1.4k HPD)
5) openSUSE (1.3k HPD)
6) Debian (1.3k HPD)
7) Arch (1.2k HPD)
8) PCLinuxOS (1.1k HPD)
9) Zorin (0.9k HPD)
10) CentOS (0.8k HPD)
11) Slackware (0.8k HPD)
...
96) TurboLinux (0.1k HPD)

Those are average hits per day over the last 6 months; it's not actual marketshare, but it's the best indicator anybody has about relative distro popularity.

EDIT: Mageia is what used to be Mandriva which is what used to be Mandrake which was an ease-of-use focused fork of Redhat Linux, FYI.

The difference between Linux and BSD is, at the heart, pretty much invisible to the users, and the kernels are largely interchangeable. They're both POSIX kernels that run all the same software. The differentiation comes more almost entirely from the typical userland provided by the distro. When you look at a multi-kernel distro that provides the same userland for Linux versus a BSD kernel, like Debian Linux versus Debian kFreeBSD, you'd be hard pressed to spot the difference in day to day use.
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abcjak

join:2012-12-18
yeah, that would be the case if you think the global authority on linux is distrowatch.org ...now .com. and even distrowatch themselves say their rankings don't mean a lot, it's only the sum of clicks on their own website. Turbo is the biggest distro in china and several other asian countries, that is why it's important on a global scale and easy to get support with. It IS one of the leading distros globally speaking.

Learning the generic ways to deal with configs, common problems and methodologies by avoiding the smaller niche market distros enables you to jump distro at any time and your knowledge can be applied across all distros.


Guspaz
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reply to morisato
A distro that is only popular in China is not going to have good support resources outside of China, so unless the OP speaks Chinese, that's not going to be helpful.

Slackware is one of the "do everything by hand manually" distributions. It didn't even have a package manager until very recently, and even then it doesn't handle dependencies at all. It's a distribution strictly for extremely experienced linux admins, and it's a terrible choice for somebody just getting their feet wet.
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