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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro? 573

An anonymous reader writes "I'm a very new user to Linux looking for a distro that allows me to control and customize, but I'm not sure where to start. I had a friend install Ubuntu 12.04 on my computer, with the E17 window manager and somehow I managed to crash it during the copying of some non-important files and now my computer won't boot (the hardware's fine though). I've found descriptions of Arch Linux to be spot on to what I'm looking for and want (Slashdot user serviscope_minor mentioned Arch a couple weeks ago and it caught my attention), but my experience in the terminal is literally about an hour. That said, I really want to learn more, don't mind hard work, enjoy challenges, and am perfectly willing to spend hours and hours for months on end to learn command line. Any suggestions, projects to start with, books to read, or tutorials to do to try would be appreciated."
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  • slackware (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 24, 2013 @01:53PM (#43263911)

    ... because it still works just like 1994

  • by BroadbandBradley ( 237267 ) on Sunday March 24, 2013 @02:36PM (#43264289) Homepage

    This is somewhat dated, but just for fun:

    If Linux Distributions Were Airlines

    Red Hat Airlines:

    The standard in air travel. Most people have flown Red Hat Air at one point
    or other. Some people like it and some people hate it and move on to one of
    the other airlines. Passengers are all treated the same; they get stuck in
    their seats and told not to ask questions -- everything will be taken care
    of for them. They should just sit back, relax, and not touch of the fancy
    controls under any circumstances, lest they send the plane into a tailspin.
    Red Hat Airlines is fabulously rich.

    Mandrake Airlines:

    Mandrake bought a truckload of planes from Red Hat, put new engines in them,
    re-painted them, and now run their own airline. Considered by many to be the
    most friendly airline for first-time flyers.

    Corel Airlines:

    A new player on the scene, Corel Air thinks it can be the airline of choice
    for a new generation of first-time pleasure flyers, and maybe even lure in
    some business travelers too. Their planes are big, brightly painted, and
    like Red Hat's they protect the innocent, clueless passengers from the
    dangerous buttons, switches and blinkenlights of the cockpit.

    SuSe Airlines:

    An airline out of Europe that tries to be everything for everyone and
    succeeds -- to a degree. Recently paid a huge sum of money to use a comic
    strip in its promotional material. (And after they finally named the

    Caldera OpenAirlines:

    These guys go out of their way to make things comfortable for the business
    user. They've got a pretty terminal, pretty planes, really good in-flight
    movies, etc. But I had a bad experience with these guys once. They lost my
    luggage. Quite a mess, really. Ah well, such is life. I never flew with them


    >From a distance, their planes look just like everyone elses. But up close
    you can tell that they haven't been painted and little bits of wire stick
    out here and there. But onboard, the seats are comfortable enough and there
    are plenty of stewardesses available to help you readjust your seat if you
    manage to break it. There is no in-flight movie but if you get bored you are
    always welcome up in the cockpit. The pilots will be glad to let you try and
    fly the plane and are happy to let you push whatever buttons you want, even
    if you don't know what you're doing. Generally, novice flyers avoid SlackAIR
    as they've heard horror stories about newbies pressing the wrong button and
    causing the plane to explode.

    Debian Airlines:

    They have a single type of airplane; a huge sucker weighing 2400 tons and
    carrying just about everything you can imagine. They've got kitchen sinks,
    massage parlors, a paintball arena, and 294 types of cheese for sale in the
    onboard, 24-hour supermarket. You can see from the terminal they have a huge
    team of technicians working on their fleet, poking and prodding. Debian Air
    is the only choice for some: everything onboard is built 100% by union
    workers -- no shoddy, possibly dangerous, imports here.

  • by Larryish ( 1215510 ) <> on Sunday March 24, 2013 @04:49PM (#43265053)


  • by wallsg ( 58203 ) on Monday March 25, 2013 @01:26PM (#43273217)

    You get used to it. I don't even see the code. All I see is blonde, brunette, red-head.

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