So my first experience with linux was ubuntu. But it has left me wanting more. Any ideas?
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BTW thanks for the support.
Well I have recently switched to Sidux which is a Debian Sid based livecd distribution that can be installed on a hard drive. This also means that with it you can usually have all the latest software, but you also have to upgrade it often.
Since it uses the latest software it might be *slightly* more unstable than say Ubuntu, but not too much for normal home use. Also, you need to read the manual that will open once you start Sidux livecd so that you don't accidentally delete something on your disk. The installation program is still in early development so it's not that great looking and comfy as Ubuntu installation, but it did the job for me. It's best to have partitions for your new install ready and formatted before you actually go try to install Sidux.
So if you want to dare to experiment a bit, this is a nice way to start.
You could also try plain normal debian, like debian etch for example (almost released as "stable"). If you want a really different experience from Ubuntu though (which is debian based too), you might want to try RPM based distros like Fedora or it's fully free one-cd counterpart BLAG.
Some other options I see being recommended lately are PCLinuxOS and Vector.
In any case, a good site to search look for distros and info about them is Distrowatch.
Well, you should be able to run most distributions on your machine, as long as you don't want to have all those funky special-fx.
How long have you been playing with Linux now? Do you feel comfortable?
Maybe Slackware could be interesting. It is, as far as I know, the oldest still active Linux distribution and still pretty back to the roots, which makes it pretty good in terms of performance. It's not as comfortable to use as you might be used from Ubuntu, but it for sure is a good distro. I have used it for a long time.
Another alternative might be Fedora, which also might be interesting, for example because of SELinux.
There are so many distros out there. Maybe you should also just check around DistroWatch and see if you can find something you like.
And finally, there's also other free OSs than only Linux, like BSD. But if you're still new with Linux I'd suggest to stick to Linux first before starting with another (though similar) system.
I suggest you try out Fedora, installing neither KDE nor GNOME, but XFCE (Heh, I started to type XKCD there). I suggest installing XFCE after the OS ("yum groupinstall XFCE" as root), not using the network install stuff on the CD, it's pretty broken (this better be fixed by FC7, it probably has been on FC7T1).
Contrary to reptiler, I don't think you (or anyone) should use Slackware. It's so dated that it doesn't have a dependency resolver (like apt or yum).
Do I use parentheses too much?
What do you want? More clutter fun stuff on your desktop, or raw speed?
I once planned to try pardus which is apparently quite fast, for a KDE based distro. I don't like KDE very much, so I never felt motivated enough to burn the iso I had downloaded.
One that seems very cool but which I DON'T recommend is foresight. It actually is very good, but the package manager is so slow you will need to clip your toenails two times before an update finishes (but that's still very fast updating compared with gentoo).
If you like ubuntu, but you're fed up with the difficulties of installing proprietary software, maybe mint is for you.
And of course there's arch, which is fast and flexible and up-to-date but requires quite some reading of manuals.
I guess im in the taste-testing kind of mood. I backed up my files and ready to start anew. I guess i am looking at fedora or suse. I am really to new to differentiate what i am looking for, but through exploration i might get a sense of what is out there. Mainly i just want to get in practice of installing and reinstalling oses, and dealing issues that surround that. Backups, package installs. But thats a biproduct of trying new OSes.
Can you relate to these sentiments?
P.S. i want to try the YUM gets
Can i burn a single iso cd for these distros. fedora says i need all cds to install. I just want to have a one cd. can you help me out and provide a link where i can download that iso.
You could try deselecting everything at the install to get a very minimal FC6 install from the first CD then use yum to download & install the rest.
Many people have complained about it and I've no idea why they're not fixing it.
alright what about opensuse? there is something called 1-cd for opensuse but i cant find the file? any ideas.
You probably want this (note: direct link to ISO image). This is openSUSE 10.2 Net-install ISO that you can use to install openSuse over the net.
The link called "Net-install ISO" near the bottom of this page points to this ISO image. There is also some information about installing openSUSE on that page as well. Internet installation section is the relevant one.