You know, Linux is not the same as Windows, among other things because Linux it has many different flavors. But one very particular thing that Linux (already linuxeros) involves, is that you enter a game of egos:
- I use Ubuntu, Windows XP it's for idiots,
- Naaa, that's for ladybugs, I use Debian.
- I am more macho than all of you, I use SlackwareSend me for being such a geek.
The way you see it, that's the way it works. For some, the idea of using an operating system is not merely to do tasks with it, but to "learn."
Easy Distros and Hard Distros.
At first I didn't understand anything, why would anyone want to use a more complicated version of Linux intentionally? Is it pure asshole that people are? Or is it perhaps that it is a way of believing oneself more than the rest?
Of all the above there is a little:
- The ego of linuxers inflates the more complex their distro
- Things that are supposed to be done fast become slow like installing the system
- Most do not need to turn every "knob" on the system to have a reliable system.
... but it is no less true that the "macho distros" have an advantage over the others:
Easy Distros = Quick installation and nothing complex = Little customizable.
Difficult Distros= Slow to install and complicated to the point of saying enough = Very adjustable.
If you are just getting to know the world Linux, even if they tell you that Ubuntu and Debian they look alike, for no reason do you try DebianPlease, no, especially if you want to keep your still secure XP.
Whenever possible, try the distro (whatever) on a virtual machine, so as not to have unpleasant surprises later.
If your system works fine,why change? Seriously, think about that and if your answer to that question is consistent and goes beyond your Linux ego, the change will be appropriate.
Here is a list of "easy distros":
- Ubuntu (and all its derivatives)
- Linux Mint (derived from Ubuntu without the "untu" especially recommended for a beginner)
- Fedora (Free derivative of Red Hat, a commercial distro)
- Anyone who has only free software (yes, how does she like them stallman)
- Debian (especially for the initial installation, it is the "mother of ubuntu")
- Slackware and any of its derivatives
- Arch Linux
- Any little known distro, if you have a small community, go to this category
If I miss one or they disagree with me on the list I have made (because there are many), let me know.
And do you use a distro of little girl or macho? Is it a matter of egos or learning?