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Do you use Linux? What's your favourite?

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  1. Conor

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    Note that I'm not asking for the best. I'm just wondering what you like about your free OS, if you're using one.

    I've just downloaded the latest Ubuntu and Linux Mint iso's, and I'm looking for more suggestions. Free stuff is always better than not free stuff, and I get a warm fuzzy feeling when I reject my Windows 8 for the day, and boot up into some nice, fast, free distro and do my work.
     
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  2. morbidmind

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    I don't use it because most software that i use for work is for windows
     
  3. Patel

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    I use ubuntu 12.04, and then use virtualbox to run a virtual windows machine when I need to run .exe's
     
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    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Premium Member

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    Debian since potato (aug 2000)
     
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    I use it. I mostly use Ubuntu and CentOS, never thought I would say it, but I prefer shell over GUI interface:)
     
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    Currently using an old release of Lubuntu as my proper laptop has died, and I needed something that will run on 512MB RAM that still had some useful apps.
     
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  8. worldelite

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    Gentoo is my favourite.
     
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    Used backtrack few years ago..
     
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  10. Meads

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    I use mint every now and again on my desktop and centos for dedicated server/VPS. I even hooked my mother up with zorin-os on her outdated laptop and it runs like a dream, it's a minimalistic distrobution ideal for low spec computers and geared towards windows users, it's ace.
     
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    Crunchbang FTW

    Gui is different but it runs fast and smooth, i've had nearly zero problems in 6 months of usage, highly recommended
     
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    centos on all my VPSs and I have a box at the house with ubuntu for TOR browsing. +1 for no GUI when I can.
     
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  13. Meads

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    +1 for no gui

    Stricly on servers only for me lol
     
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    I last used manjaro. Kind of an out of the box more GUI based version of arch, I thought I was best to use this than go straight to arch because it was the first linux OS I had ever used. I loved it :) so I am now in the process of dual booting windows 8 for the efficency of running windows only programs rather than using something like wine or crossover with their compatibility issues, and Arch linux. Only problem is that I am finding Arch linux rather difficult to install the first time. Also as a tip if anyone has problems with their linux then I recommend checking out the archwiki even if you are not using arch simply because of the large amount of helpful information available there :)
     
  15. jazzc

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    Nothing beats watching the compilation messages scrolling for hours :)
     
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    Real men use Gentoo. Or at least Arch.
     
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  17. WebProm

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    I use Debian, Centos, Ubuntu and Mint. Ubuntu is a bit heavy nowadays, but you can replace Unity with LXDE, XFCE, etc.
     
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  18. JustUs

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    I started on CentOs, moved to Slackware, then to Debian, then to Ubuntu. When Ubuntu began including ad and spyware in 13.04, I stopped using Ubuntu. Now that Kali is Debian based, I have no use for Ubuntu.

    Ubuntu was nice because I did not have to spend much time setting devices up to operate properly. I have work to do, and would rather do that work than tinker with the OS.

    Most of my work is Windows oriented and will not function under Wine or other Windows emulators. The resource toll is too great to use VMware or Virtual Box for some of the greater resource using programs, mandating the use of Windows.

    Overall, my opinion is that for the most part, Linux is an enthusiasts and tinkerers operating system. Much more so than Windows.
     
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  19. Conor

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    Thanks for all the suggestions so far guys, keep them coming!

    I'll admit I know very little about anything without a GUI, but I'm always willing to learn. Had a fun 5 hours the other day in the Ubuntu terminal, trying to change my screen resolution...
     
  20. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Don't forget to read Linus Torvald 's quotes: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Linus_Torvalds - hilarious :D

    A small selection:

    "I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones."

    "Some people have told me they don't think a fat penguin really embodies the grace of Linux, which just tells me they have never seen an angry penguin charging at them in excess of 100 mph. They'd be a lot more careful about what they say if they had.

    "Once you realize that documentation should be laughed at, peed upon, put on fire, and just ridiculed in general, THEN, and only then, have you reached the level where you can safely read it and try to use it to actually implement a driver."

    "If you still don't like it, that's OK: that's why I'm boss. I simply know better than you do."

    "...the Linux philosophy is "laugh in the face of danger". Oops. Wrong one. "Do it yourself". That's it."

    "Modern PCs are horrible. ACPI is a complete design disaster in every way. But we're kind of stuck with it. If any Intel people are listening to this and you had anything to do with ACPI, shoot yourself now, before you reproduce."

    "Anybody who tells me I can't use a program because it's not open source, go suck on rms*. I'm not interested. 99% of that I run tends to be open source, but that's my choice, dammit." *rms, the creator of GNU.

    "My personal opinion of Mach* is not very high. Frankly, it's a piece of crap. It contains all the design mistakes you can make, and even managed to make up a few of its own." * Microkernel, used in OSX.

    "A lot of people still like Solaris, but I'm in active competition with them, and so I hope they die." :D

    "... even if the Hurd didn't depend on Linux code (and as far as I know, it does, but since I think they have their design heads firmly up their *sses anyway with that whole microkernel thing, I've never felt it was worth my time even looking at their code), I don't believe a religiously motivated development community can ever generate as good code except by pure chance." * Hurd is that GNU kernel

    It's one of those rare "perfect" kernels. So if it doesn't happen to compile with your config (or it does compile, but then does unspeakable acts of perversion with your pet dachshund), you can rest easy knowing that it's all your own damn fault, and you should just fix your evil ways." :D

    If you have ever done any security work - and it did not involve the concept of "network of trust" - it wasn't security work, it was - masturbation. I don't know what you were doing. But trust me, it's the only way you can do security, it's the only way you can do development."

    "I have an ego the size of a small planet."

    "I'm an egotistical bastard, and I name all my projects after myself. First Linux, now git." :D :D :D

    "It has nothing to do with dinosaurs. Good taste doesn't go out of style"

    "Crying that it's an application bug is like crying over the speed of light: you should deal with reality, not what you wish reality was."

    "Standards are paper. I use paper to wipe my butt every day. That's how much that paper is worth."

    "Every time I see some piece of medical research saying that caffeine is good for you, I high-five myself. Because I'm going to live forever."

    "Nvidia, fuck you!"

    "I hope I won't end up having to hunt you all down and kill you in your sleep." :D

    "That's the spirit. Greg has taught you well. You have controlled your fear. Now, release your anger. Only your hatred can destroy me. Come to the dark side, Sarah*. We have cookies." * If I recall correctly this was the Intel lady who told him he should be more polite in the Linux Kernel list :D

    "Because if you want me to "act professional", I can tell you that I'm not interested. I'm sitting in my home office wearign a bathrobe. The same way I'm not going to start wearing ties, I'm *also* not going to buy into the fake politeness, the lying, the office politics and backstabbing, the passive aggressiveness, and the buzzwords. Because THAT is what "acting professionally" results in: people resort to all kinds of really nasty things because they are forced to act out their normal urges in unnatural ways."
     
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