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#106 elenarie

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 23:15

 

When we call software “free,” we mean that it respects the users' essential freedoms: the freedom to run it, to study and change it, and to redistribute copies with or without changes. This is a matter of freedom, not price, so think of “free speech,” not “free beer.”
 
These freedoms are vitally important. They are essential, not just for the individual users' sake, but for society as a whole because they promote social solidarity—that is, sharing and cooperation. They become even more important as our culture and life activities are increasingly digitized. In a world of digital sounds, images, and words, free software becomes increasingly essential for freedom in general.

 

 

Wow. Okay. :laugh:




#107 simplezz

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 23:58

Arch all the way. I've tried virtually every distro under the sun, but I always come back to it. Gentoo is a close second though.

As far as reasons go:
1. Highly customisable.
2. A blank slate. I love nothing better than building a system from scratch just as I like it.
3. Pacman / Yaourt / AUR. Gentoo and Arch have the best repositories and package management tools hands down.
4. Rolling release.
5. Net install (tiny download).
6. Simple installation & great documentation.
7. I can run it on my Raspberry PI.

#108 simplezz

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 00:08

I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.[/size]

I agree. That's an important distinction that's often lost. The GNU programs and libraries are a core part of what makes a distro.

#109 Mindovermaster

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 02:09

Arch all the way. I've tried virtually every distro under the sun, but I always come back to it. Gentoo is a close second though.

As far as reasons go:
1. Highly customisable.
2. A blank slate. I love nothing better than building a system from scratch just as I like it.
3. Pacman / Yaourt / AUR. Gentoo and Arch have the best repositories and package management tools hands down.
4. Rolling release.
5. Net install (tiny download).
6. Simple installation & great documentation.
7. I can run it on my Raspberry PI.

 

You can do all that with Debian, just saying...



#110 Max Norris

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 02:20

Arch all the way. I've tried virtually every distro under the sun, but I always come back to it. Gentoo is a close second though.

Another plus, in my opinion, is the Arch Build System. I've been partial to Unix and later BSD as long as I can remember, just another thing that Arch does that makes it feel more "proper" to me. And yea, Gentoo for the same reason.

#111 TDT

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 09:29

elementary OS Freya beta 1 is out :) Enjoy!



#112 Hussam Al-tayeb

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 10:17

Arch all the way. I've tried virtually every distro under the sun, but I always come back to it. Gentoo is a close second though.

As far as reasons go:
1. Highly customisable.
2. A blank slate. I love nothing better than building a system from scratch just as I like it.
3. Pacman / Yaourt / AUR. Gentoo and Arch have the best repositories and package management tools hands down.
4. Rolling release.
5. Net install (tiny download).
6. Simple installation & great documentation.
7. I can run it on my Raspberry PI.

I use Arch but every single package is compiled on my machine. Most package maintainers on ArchLinux these days compile the packages on their own computers instead of clean chroots. I don't like that habit as it may on very rare occasions cause unexpected results. I don't blame them as Arch Linux has no build server.

One of my friends who works at a company that makes multimedia servers had that issue with Arch Linux.

Pacman itself is great.

So my system is fully compiled from source on my own computer without the need to dwell into the complexity of Gentoo.

 

As I already stated earlier in this thread, systemd did wonders for Arch Linux.



#113 Haggis

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 10:34

You can do all that with Debian, just saying...

 

 

exactly

 

I always start with a network install with nothing but ssh, i then go in and start building from there

 

I mean ok they are deb packages and not compiled directly on my machine 

 

but

 

1. Highly customisable. Yes
2. A blank slate. I love nothing better than building a system from scratch just as I like it. Yes
3. Pacman / Yaourt / AUR. Gentoo and Arch have the best repositories and package management tools hands down.
4. Rolling release.
5. Net install (tiny download). Yes
6. Simple installation & great documentation. Yes
7. I can run it on my Raspberry PI. Yes



#114 Starbuck84

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 10:48

Don't ask me why exactly, but I've always been fond of Fedora. I'm not doing much with Linux these days, but if I want to play around with it, I always go back to Fedora. Tried several, like Mint, Ubuntu and Suse. I'm a Linux noob :p



#115 +Ely

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 11:13

ElementaryOS all the way for me, I love the look and feel, it doesn't look amateurish at all like so many distros, it's really a joy to use.

 

 

 

Thanks for that.



#116 Lion and Lamb Ministry

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Posted 15 August 2014 - 23:57

I have been running Fedora Rawhide for quite sometime. Best Gnu/Linux experience ever!



#117 mastercoms

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 00:13

Fedora feels polished and comforting, even coming from Windows.



#118 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 00:17

ubuntu ease of installation and friendliness