Which distro?

I am a user of Gentoo linux, I have been for a couple years now. I like the distro, and it has worked out very well for me. I currently run it on a fileserver, and a secondary desktop machine. My main desktop machine is Windows 2000, but as of next weekend, this will no longer be the case, I have already checked out my hardware using the gentoo livecd on my main desktop, and I am ready to install it. I however am curious if I should try out Fedora Core on my main desktop. I want something stable, easy to keep up to date, and with many available packages.

So, given the choices: Gentoo Linux or Fedora Core, which would you choose and why?

Thanks.

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Re:Which distro?

i would very strongly sugest suse 9.3 iv tryed a bunch of diferant distroes and i downloaded the iso's for suse 9.3 and it was very easy to install and extremle easy to keep up to dat and work with!

Re:Which distro?

also mandrake dosent force you to youes a root pasword

Re:Which distro?

i dont know if this will help but here goes ... iv tryed a bunch of distroes but debian and mandrake are my favrites becouse ther easy to keep up to date and evrything you could ever want is there also there bolth free ... suse is good if you ether have a dvd burner and can download it or you want to buy it . hope this helps

Re:Which distro?

I am partial to Mepis for a full featured Debian based distro. All the apps you need without 5 different variations of the same app. There is SimplyMepis for the desktop user and ProMepis for the the developer. You can test in on live CD and run it with either the 2.4 or 2.6 kernel depending on your hardware. You can also install with persistent /home.

Honestly, my day to day distro is Damn Small Linux. It is very small and fast. Most days I run it from my thumbdrive and never touch the hard drive! My machine runs fast and very cool. It is the most versatile OS I know.

Chris

Re: Which distro?

[quote="btimby"]I want something stable, easy to keep up to date, and with many available packages.[/quote] Given that you are already running Gentoo, FC (in my opinion) is a step down. It is not going to be as solid because it is beta test software, plus there are the problems with dependencies inherent with RPM format. Stable, easy to keep up to date and many available packages describes Debian to a T. Debian doesn't make very frequent "official" releases, but I would highly recommend installing their "testing" version (currently called "Sarge"... but Sarge will be going to final/stable soon, and the new testing version will be named "Etch"). With Debian testing, you will get the best of both worlds: frequent (almost daily) updates of various packages, easy updates (just type "apt-get update" then "apt-get upgrade"), very solid, and has over 8,800 software packages available for download and install (using "apt-get install <packagename>). I've got the link to the installer in my sig if you're curious. Get the net-install ISO disc (if you have high speed), boot it up, and type "linux26" at the prompt to install it with the 2.6 kernel (2.4 is default). My 2 cents. - T.

Re: Which distro?

I run Fedora, because I'm a glutton for punishment. I've grown up on Red Hat and Fedora and am afraid to try something new...j/k. A friend of mine really likes Gentoo, so he'd stay stick with that. I always wanted to try SUSE, but couldn't get 9.1 to install on my old Dell P3 550, so I stuck with Fedora. I still haven't tried Core 3, as I haven't had a need. If you like ultimate flexibility and packages up the wazoo, try Debian.