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Old 01-18-06, 02:26 PM
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Whats your Linux Flavor

So Windows XP died on my laptop. I used to have this Laptop dual booted but could never get my wireless card to work Under Red Hat 9.

After windows XP died on me, I was able to boot off the Knoppix Linux live CD and connect a USB device and get all my data files off. I then wiped the drive and re-installed Windows XP. This got me thinking. When I used Knoppix, my USB and Wireless worked fine. However, it seems that Knoppix can only be run off a CD. I am looking for another Linux distribution other than Fedora Core that is as seamless to use as Knoppix.

My choices are;

Ubuntu Linux
Debian
Fedora Core

Right now I am leaning towards Ubuntu but what are your suggestions. What Linux distribution do you use and why?
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Slackware 10.2 with 2.6.14.2 kernel. I've tried other distros over the years but I always come back to Slackware. Slack is definitely one of the do-everything-yourself distros.

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I've heard good things about ubuntu(spelling?)

I was about to try that version myself
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I use BSD...good ole unix
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Debian, not that I've gotten it working yet, but that's due to lack of time and the fact that my project box is an old HP server with SCSI raid drives that I can't find drivers for. I think I'm just gonna toss this box (anybody want it?...don't expect me to ship it) and stick Debian on my current desktop when it gets replaced to use as a file server/development box.

Ubuntu is a derivative of Debian, right?
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I've used Slackware since v4.0. A long time, you might say. Have never felt the need to switch.
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Originally Posted by iamlucky13
Debian, not that I've gotten it working yet, but that's due to lack of time and the fact that my project box is an old HP server with SCSI raid drives that I can't find drivers for. I think I'm just gonna toss this box (anybody want it?...don't expect me to ship it) and stick Debian on my current desktop when it gets replaced to use as a file server/development box.

Ubuntu is a derivative of Debian, right?
Maybe get a supported SCSI card for that old HP? An LSI Logic Ultra160 or an Adaptec 19160 or whatnot. The LSI Logics used to be $35. Both the LSI Logic and Adaptec are natively supported by WinXP as well, so no fussing around with driver floppies during Windows setup in the event you want to do a dual-boot arrangement. Granted, you lose RAID capabilities, but if it's your experimental box, then who cares
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Originally Posted by baiskeli
However, it seems that Knoppix can only be run off a CD.
http://www.freenet.org.nz/misc/knoppix-install.html
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I have always liked Mandrake and SuSe myself. Depends what you want to do with it.
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underneath they are all the same, any one of them can be changed into the other---ya, might take alot of work, but it can be done

If I was staring out with linux again as a newbie Id probably stick with debian or slackware. Both have been aorund a long long time and have the best user support base as well as being consistent with what they do. No problems with incomplete distro's or lacking lots of basic software that many of the trimmed down versions stick their users with.
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Thanks for the link.

Doh! I have the Knoppix Hacks Books and there is a chapter titled "Installing Knoppix" that I had not seen before.

Oh well, already installed Ubuntu 5.0.4 (and it found my Wireless Network Card and I was online in like 30 seconds). Only thing I don't like is that the default is Gnome whereas I like KDE
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Originally Posted by pedex
underneath they are all the same, any one of them can be changed into the other---ya, might take alot of work, but it can be done

If I was staring out with linux again as a newbie Id probably stick with debian or slackware. Both have been aorund a long long time and have the best user support base as well as being consistent with what they do. No problems with incomplete distro's or lacking lots of basic software that many of the trimmed down versions stick their users with.
I've used Linux before, Red Hat 7.3 and 9. I was just interested in playing with another distro. I'm actually really impressed with Ubuntu so far. There are apps that I am missing but its easy to download and install them. I like Knoppix (the bootable CD) and love all the cool troubleshooting I can do with it.
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I use FC3 at work because it's the closest thing I can mirror RHE without paying for it. I also use it at home for internet surfing/email ect... I run a web and ftp server at home on Debian Sarge. I chose Debian just for the heck of it to be honest. I like there philosophy in stable vs unstable releases. The latest and greatest is often times not as good as the rock solid time tested.

Debian is a bit of a bear to install. FC3 and Ubuntoo are easy.

Oh yea I also use Chubby Puppy Linux which is a cool live CD distro.
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I have been using knoppix on my laptop for years ... it can be installed to the hard drive...

my suggestion is to d/l the newest release of the DVD edition.. it comes with lots more stuff than the cd version however some things are in german... that can be changed but I still have a few things that I could not change to english..

Anywho, here is how to install it to your HDD..

boot up from the cd/dvd and then open a root terminal.

at the root terminal type: knoppix-installer and press enter.

Select debian like installer and proceed ... it will format the drive and install itself to the hard drive.

Then you just configure whatever you want... if you want to configure the wireless card, just use the little penguin knoppix menu on the tool-bar following the network/internet path and youre set !!!!!!!



Thats that !!!!!
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fc4 for the basic server stuff. i heard ubuntu is great on the desktop.

willl be evaluating suse for the production environment at work. i think i like that it might be stable since novell bought 'em. redhat seems expensive licensing. suse not so much. (i don't want to keep going from fc2, to fc3, fc4, to fc5, etc.)
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Glad to see im not the only one starting linux threads!
I am using Fedora Core. ANd despite my constant complaints, I do like it quite a bit. A very linux savvy friend of mine said its the best distro to learn off, I can see why.
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Originally Posted by iamlucky13
Debian, not that I've gotten it working yet, but that's due to lack of time and the fact that my project box is an old HP server with SCSI raid drives that I can't find drivers for. I think I'm just gonna toss this box (anybody want it?...don't expect me to ship it) and stick Debian on my current desktop when it gets replaced to use as a file server/development box.

Ubuntu is a derivative of Debian, right?
Try netbsd. It generally works on anything. Very very portable *nix.
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Originally Posted by Maelstrom
Try netbsd. It generally works on anything. Very very portable *nix.
Yep. All my old and/or obscure hardware are running NetBSD. I also have NetBSD running on my PlayStation2.
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Ubuntu works nicely for me. I am Windows free, though I am still learning the linux ropes.
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