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> To Learn And Retain Knowledge, Whats the best distro to learn on?
post May 31 2004, 02:00 AM
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Total noob here! compiled 10 kernels so far just for the sake of doing it (seeing how long it would take for my pc). Now i'm ready to sit down and learn some junk! Any Ideas on the best distro to learn linux on? Knoppix? Gentoo? I'm not afraid of work, and I have time to spare when the kids are sleeping. I am willing to do a full install without a GUI, and willing to document my actions so I can write about what I did for other noobs to learn. I have intermediate VB skills, and embarrasingly huge amount of DOS, Windows knowledge (willing to forget it all if the need arises!). Lastly my wife bet me I cant do it! So for my sake and my future! I need to learn this stuff...

If this is amusing, Good! I want to feel that I will have fun doing this... so please don't bust my happy lil' bubble... for now at least.

Please let me, and other know what we need, and possibly where to get what we need before creating a whole new world! Yes! I have a phobia of penguins!

Thank you all in advance before I end this post.

Your's trully,
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post Jun 1 2004, 09:54 PM
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The Debian Sarge was if you want to do Linux from Scratch .... (see link above). You already need a base OS to start from when you do LFS...
CentOS and WBEL are RedHat Enterprise Linux 3 AS clones ... they have all the good features of an Enterprise Linux distro, but are free! See this article I wrote for If you look in the Guides Forum, you will see instructions on how to install many server related items on WBEL/CentOS.
As to how to do a stage 1 Gentoo install ... you boot from the Minimal Install iso and follow the steps in the install manual.

Basically ... a stage one install puts the minimal system files on the hard drive from the CD ... rebuilds itself from the latest sources on the web, then adds all the things you need to get a bootable linux base system ... then you build from there. I always do stage 1 installs for gentoo. Here is a thread where I gave termina some gentoo advise...

If you follow the guide (and understand what you are doing each step for) ... you will know how linux really works.
Gentoo is basically the same as Linux From Scratch, except some of the steps are automated and they have an install disc...

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Enterprise Alternatives: CentOS, WhiteBoxEL
Favorite Workstation Distros (in order): CentOS, Gentoo, Debian Sarge, Ubuntu, Mandrake, FedoraCore, Slackware, SUSE
Favorite Server Distros (in order): CentOS, WhiteBoxEL, Debian Sarge, Slackware, Mandrake, FedoraCore, Gentoo, SUSE
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