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I just wanted to find out if there were any Linux enthusiasts on this forum... What is your current distro, and for how long have you been using it?

I'm quite new to Linux, and right now I'm on Ubuntu 11.04, but I'll move on to anther distro in a little while... It'll probably be Kubuntu, one of the Mints or possibly Sabayon.
 

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Yeah, I think there are a couple of threads already. Anyway, I've got a netbook with the latest Ubuntu (11.10). I've used a couple of different distros in the past (openSUSE, Redhat). Redhat at work and that's also the distro running on the Veggieboards server.
 

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Yeah, I think there are a couple of threads already. Anyway, I've got a netbook with the latest Ubuntu (11.10). I've used a couple of different distros in the past (openSUSE, Redhat). Redhat at work and that's also the distro running on the Veggieboards server.
Been hearing lots of nice stuff about RHEL, and since I'll be setting up my own web server in a little while I'm looking at CentOS. But I'm really more familiar with Ubuntu, and Sabayon is also tempting, so I'm quite sure it'll be a close race...
 

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Yeah, I think there are a couple of threads already.
Sure, but I guess we can use a Linux mega-thread where we discuss the latest news from the Free and Open Source
world...

Did you for instance notice that the Mint guys now are going all the way and are forking Gnome3? Their fork is called Cinnamon, and you can read about it herehere.
Clem's (the guy behind Mint) explanation for their move can be found in this post.
 

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Yeah, I think there are a couple of threads already.
Sure, but I guess we could use a Linux mega-thread where we discuss the latest news from the FOSS world...

Did you for instance notice that the Mint guys now are going all the way and are forking Gnome3? Their fork is called Cinnamon, and you can read about it here here.
Clem's (the guy behind Mint) explanation for their move can be found in this post.
 

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If you use Linux, then it means that you are cool.

Or a nerd, it's hard to separate.
 

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If you use Linux, then it means that you are cool.

Or a nerd, it's hard to separate.
Yes, sure... All the cool nerds use Linux. And apart from the inherent coolness of Linux, there are several other good reasons to be a Linux user. I could for instance mention just a few: XP, Vista and Win 7. (Just kidding
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nobody liked vista.
 

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nobody liked vista.
Well, if you didn't like Vista you're gonna luuuuuv Win8... I've actually tried the developer preview. If you're a windows user you're in for a real treat! Seriously: They're taking a huge risk!
 

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Been hearing lots of nice stuff about RHEL, and since I'll be setting up my own web server in a little while I'm looking at CentOS. But I'm really more familiar with Ubuntu, and Sabayon is also tempting, so I'm quite sure it'll be a close race...
The RHEL distros I'm using are ancient. Unfortunately I don't have much of a choice in the matter. Anyway, I've gotten used to them and they do what I need them to do, so it's okay. I quite like Ubuntu on the client side, and will assume it's equally awesome for servers. Sabayon .... I will admit I'm a bit out of touch with distro watching, so I've not even heard of that one before.
 

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Yeah i'm linux user.

I don't like ubuntu anymore, it was fine some time ago, but they began to add more and more stuff, and the day they added the facebook tchat, i quit ^^
Just to many too heavy too useless things. But it's cool for beginners.

I use mainly debian and archlinux since they are very pure. I mean you have to install everything, including the window manager, wich means that you have only what you want, no more, no less, no junk, no wasted space, no wasted ram.

I configure them crunchbang style, wich means openbox, tint2, conky, and stuff like firefox, thunderbird, enigmail, rtorrent, irssi...
I love having something very light, very quick. Openbox Rocks !!! And you can do amazing stuff with conky+lua, search on forums for nice screenshots.

I also use openbsd and backtrack for fun and unfortunately windows 7 for some special softwares.
 

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The RHEL distros I'm using are ancient. Unfortunately I don't have much of a choice in the matter. Anyway, I've gotten used to them and they do what I need them to do, so it's okay. I quite like Ubuntu on the client side, and will assume it's equally awesome for servers. Sabayon .... I will admit I'm a bit out of touch with distro watching, so I've not even heard of that one before.
Sabayon is based on Gentoo, but it is supposed to work out of the box. So basically the Sabayon team have been doing the same thing to Gentoo as Ubuntu have done with Debian. Sabayon is also known to be a cutting edge distribution that includes the latest packages in their repositories. It is also a rolling release, so their main competition probably are Debian testing and Arch... I was quite impressed with them, even if I experienced typical problems, such as borking the system after doing an upgrade. For me the biggest problem is that I really have gotten used to the Ubuntu/debian way of doing things.
 

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Well, if you didn't like Vista you're gonna luuuuuv Win8... I've actually tried the developer preview. If you're a windows user you're in for a real treat! Seriously: They're taking a huge risk!
I've got the Win8 developer preview running in a VM (KVM) on my Linux laptop. I only installed it yesterday so haven't really explored yet but it's certainly different.

I use Gentoo on my own machines and CentOS and Ubuntu at work. I use Linux pretty much exclusively for home computing needs and work as a Linux sys-admin and DBA on a contract basis. I've been using Linux since installing Slackware from 3.5" floppy was the only practical way to get a system running at home.

I like Gentoo as it's very tunable and gives me a lot of choice as to what versions of packages I want to run. I use WindowMaker as a window manager as it's light and fast and does virtual workspaces properly. I've never been a fan of desktop environments like Gnome and KDE but keep the libraries installed so applications that need them work. Apart from Firefox and Gimp I do most of my work with terminals and Vim.
 

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Ubuntu is awesome but I tackled Slackware instead because I wanted to force myself to learn the nuts and bolts of Linux and I enjoy the command line. Call me old school I guess. Unfortunately I haven't spent much time with it lately because school and work demands Windows software. But I hope to get back to Slackware soon! Plus... I like being able to call myself a Slacker.
 

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Yeah i'm linux user.

I don't like ubuntu anymore, it was fine some time ago, but they began to add more and more stuff, and the day they added the facebook tchat, i quit ^^
Just to many too heavy too useless things. But it's cool for beginners.
Yes, in many ways Ubuntu have been the perfect introduction to Linux for beginners. My biggest gripe with Ubuntu at the moment, is the Unity DE. I'm not comfortable with it at all (or with Gnome Shell), so in a few months I'll find another DE/distro. (See my first post.)
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I use mainly debian and archlinux since they are very pure. I mean you have to install everything, including the window manager, wich means that you have only what you want, no more, no less, no junk, no wasted space, no wasted ram.
When it comes to the Ubuntu "bloat", a good solution is to use the alternate install CD, which basically gives you total freedom, just as with a Debian installation. I wanted to test out Debian testing (no pun intended), but I had to give it up because of a bug in the installer. (Even the guys at the Debian forums acknowledged it was a bug.) I guess I could have installed stable, and done a distr-upgrade, but I wanted to save a little time and ended up installing Mint Debian edition instead. I've never tried Arch except an Archbang installation in Virtualbox. Guess I'm also a bit intimidated by it.


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I configure them crunchbang style, wich means openbox, tint2, conky, and stuff like firefox, thunderbird, enigmail, rtorrent, irssi...
Yeah, thunderbird plus enigmail is a very good combo!

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I love having something very light, very quick. Openbox Rocks !!! And you can do amazing stuff with conky+lua, search on forums for nice screenshots.
If I had a low end netbook or something, Openbox would be great, but I'm a bit more reluctant about using it on my desktop... A little too lightweight perhaps? But YMMV.
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I also use openbsd and backtrack for fun and unfortunately windows 7 for some special softwares.
Hahaha, yes, I'm sure you can have much fun with backtrack...
 

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I use Gentoo on my own machines and CentOS and Ubuntu at work. I use Linux pretty much exclusively for home computing needs and work as a Linux sys-admin and DBA on a contract basis. I've been using Linux since installing Slackware from 3.5" floppy was the only practical way to get a system running at home.
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Ubuntu is awesome but I tackled Slackware instead because I wanted to force myself to learn the nuts and bolts of Linux and I enjoy the command line. Call me old school I guess. Unfortunately I haven't spent much time with it lately because school and work demands Windows software. But I hope to get back to Slackware soon! Plus... I like being able to call myself a Slacker.
Wow, that's awesome guys. I'm glad that there obviously are a lot of Linux expertise on this forum!

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Apart from Firefox and Gimp I do most of my work with terminals and Vim.
Well, that is geeky sir!
I've never tried Vim, but I found vi to be a bit cumbersome! I finally gave up on it and installed aee on my web dev box.
 

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Well, that is geeky sir!
I've never tried Vim, but I found vi to be a bit cumbersome! I finally gave up on it and installed aee on my web dev box.
The first time I encountered vi was on Sun ELC workstations running SunOS 4.1.3 at University. Thought it was terrible at the time, all it did was beep at you and I couldn't work out how to exit.
Love it now and use it for email (with Mutt as a mail client), documentation and everything.

Of potential interest to Linux nerds here is the Raspberry Pi
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Whats a Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. Its a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.
How much will it cost?
The Model A will cost $25 and the Model B $35.
What display can I use?
There is composite and HDMI out on the board, so you can hook it up to a digital or analogue television or to a DVI monitor. There is no VGA support, but adaptors are available.
What about audio?
Theres a standard 3.5mm jack, or you can use HDMI. You can add any supported USB microphone via a hub.
Does the device support networking? Is there Wi-Fi?
The Model B version of the device includes 10/100 wired Ethernet. There is no Ethernet on the Model A version (which we expect to be taken up mostly by the education market), but Wi-Fi will be available via a standard USB dongle.
What Linux distros will be supported at launch?
Debian, Fedora and ArchLinux will be supported from the start. We hope to see support from other distros later. We will be selling SD cards with the distros preloaded. (Sept 4 2011 originally, this FAQ suggested that Ubuntu would be supported. Because of issues with newer releases of Ubuntu and the ARM processor we are using, Ubuntu cant commit to support Raspberry Pi at the moment.)
Can't wait to get my hands on one!
 

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Of potential interest to Linux nerds here is the Raspberry Pi

Can't wait to get my hands on one!
Actually I've heard about that one! That's a pretty tiny computer, or what?
You might have heard about the Neo Freerunner/ Openmoko? (A cell phone/OS) My brother is going to buy an upgraded version of the motherboard+case, etc (GTA04), that is powerful enough to run Debian/LXDE. I think that is a pretty awesome project. If I ever get myself a new fancy phone, I'm going to get myself one of those...
 

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Actually I've heard about that one! That's a pretty tiny computer, or what?
You might have heard about the Neo Freerunner/ Openmoko? (A cell phone/OS) My brother is going to buy an upgraded version of the motherboard+case, etc (GTA04), that is powerful enough to run Debian/LXDE. I though that is a pretty awesome project. If I ever get myself a new fancy phone, I'm going to get myself one of those...
Cool. I have heard about it but have never seen one. I've got a Nokia N900 which runs the Linux based Maemo. It's pretty neat.


I've recently been playing with OpenWRT on a Buffalo wireless router which is providing lots of fun.
 

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The first time I encountered vi was on Sun ELC workstations running SunOS 4.1.3 at University. Thought it was terrible at the time, all it did was beep at you and I couldn't work out how to exit.
Love it now and use it for email (with Mutt as a mail client), documentation and everything.

Of potential interest to Linux nerds here is the Raspberry Pi

Can't wait to get my hands on one!
Wow this is so cool! I use Linux Ubuntu 10, but it is thanks to my son who was sick of fixing my windows issues.
It's the easiest thing, I love it.
 
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