Which is your preferred distro?

listerlister Posts: 38Member ■■□□□□□□□□
I have used ubuntu (which I loved until the Unity Design came out which was terrible IMO). I now use backtrack to learn pentesting but was wondering what you guys are all using?

Ubuntu mint and openSUSE (Novell) are also really nice distros.

What do you guys use? Is it a job specific distro that you use?
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  • dead_p00ldead_p00l Posts: 136Member
    I honestly don't prefer one distro over another at this point. with the exception of newer distros i've pretty much tried them all at some point and time. Started with Slackware, went to Redhat and Caldera, Debian, SUSE. Linux is pretty much Linux. Lately ive been running Centos(RHEL non-commercial) lately just because that's what is used in our corporate environment.
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  • techinthewoodstechinthewoods Posts: 96Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    CentOS preferably.

    Fedora16 is ok too so far.
  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAPosts: 4,012Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    I use Red Hat for servers and Ubuntu for desktops
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  • jpearljpearl Posts: 4Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    I use Red Hat for servers and Ubuntu for desktops

    Same here except I use both mint and Ubuntu for desktop and CentOS for servers.

    Ubuntu is by far the easiest if you are new to the *nix world.
  • N2ITN2IT Posts: 7,483Inactive Imported Users
    RHEL 5.5 and 6
    SUSE too.
  • KenCKenC Posts: 131Member
    I have used CentOS for servers, but have used Ubuntu server recently and found it to be very easy to use. I found the documentation to be good too (which is a plus as I really don't use Linux on a regular / daily basis). Don't use it as a desktop OS at all, I stick to Windows for that.
  • davidspirovalentinedavidspirovalentine Posts: 352Member
    Another vote for CentOS :)
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  • paul78paul78 Posts: 3,016Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    I have a control problem so I built my own a while back. I wanted one that I could fit on a floppy. Then I found LFS which is what I started to use.
  • wolfinsheepsclothingwolfinsheepsclothing Posts: 155Member
    I use Fedora both at home and work.
  • JeanMJeanM Posts: 1,117Member
    I started on Slackware 2.0.xx kernel, so that's probably still my favorite distro. I do like Fedora as well, and used Caldera,Suse and Ubuntu. I really don't like Ubuntu very much though.
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  • zipolinizipolini Posts: 18Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    hi there,
    that's my first post here :)
    started my adventure with linux with mandrake, tried many other distros, but my favourite one for years now is debian and as guy above me not really a fan of ubuntu ;)
  • LenniusceLenniusce Posts: 106Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    CentOS, anything outside of Redhat is scoffed at in workplaces.
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  • Jayjett90Jayjett90 Posts: 30Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    I been trying to learn Linux and I started and I am still using Fedora 16. I like it so far. I actually started with Ubuntu but never got into it, no reason why, just at that time I wasn't really into Linux I guess.
  • brownwrapbrownwrap Posts: 549Member
    Lenniusce wrote: »
    CentOS, anything outside of Redhat is scoffed at in workplaces.


    Perhaps in the US, but SUSE has a big presence in Europe.
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  • ally_ukally_uk Posts: 1,146Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Centos for me,
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  • mgmguy1mgmguy1 Senior Member PA Posts: 466Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Fedora 16 and Gentoo are the two destros I have used. Once I am done with my CCNA classes I am going to take a Linux class on-line and get the skills to start earn some money.
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  • petedudepetedude Posts: 1,510Member
    Ubuntu, usually. Figured out the other day that if I run 11.10 in Gnome Classic mode, it hauls. It was pretty slow before with all the Unity overhead.

    I really like Mint's interface, but the distro is such a resource hog I'd almost have to have a brand new laptop to run it.
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  • onesaintonesaint Posts: 801Member
    CentOS / RHEL at work for servers and desktops.

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  • shred805shred805 Posts: 12Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    debian squeeze for me
  • MstavridisMstavridis Posts: 107Member
    I wish some of you Linux fan boys would jump on the FreeBSD bandwagon with me.
  • ZartanasaurusZartanasaurus Posts: 2,008Member
    I run ArchLinux on my work laptop. I've stood up a few test servers that run either FreeBSD or Scientific, but nothing really that serious.
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  • LanswitcherLanswitcher Posts: 12Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Mstavridis wrote: »
    I wish some of you Linux fan boys would jump on the FreeBSD bandwagon with me.

    What do you like about FreeBSD? I'm not asking rhetorically. I know it's got lot of options for packet filtering. I started with BSD a long time ago. But that was at work. Started with Slackware at home, but it's either Centos or Scientific Linux for me right now.
  • ChooseLifeChooseLife Posts: 941Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    Mstavridis wrote: »
    I wish some of you Linux fan boys would jump on the FreeBSD bandwagon with me.
    I was a FreeBSD & Slackware guy long ago, and was advocating them as much as I could. The reality of the business world, however, turned me to RHEL and Ubuntu Server - for some strange reason, it was harder to find a company eager to migrate all of their production to my favorite distro/OS, than for me to be flexible about my preferences :D

    With the exception of Gentoo (which I never had guts for) and mainframe Unices (which I never had access to), I worked with most if not all variations of Unix and Linux, and by this time no longer have strong preferences... Whatever a company pays me to manage, I manage...
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  • ChooseLifeChooseLife Posts: 941Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    What do you like about FreeBSD?
    For me, it was cleanliness and simplicity of the scripts logic, and the ports collection that was much easier to use, comparing to major Linux distros suffering from dependency hell at the time. Granted, both of these benefits likely stemmed from the fact that the FreeBSD ecosystem was much, much smaller....
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  • WafflesAndRootbeerWafflesAndRootbeer Posts: 555Member
    In the past, I've used Fedora and OpenSUSE, but now I stick with Ubuntu. I haven't installed the latest LTS as I have been using the previous one, so I haven't been using Unity.
  • alxxalxx Posts: 755Member
    Fedora with xfce for my own use (gets rid of the gnome bloat), redhat for work.

    Redhat as the commercial packages I'm using only support it (xilinx )
    though it can be made to run on most distros.

    I find fedora easier for development as it has the more recent packages.

    But have no problems using fedora, redhat/centos, debian or ubuntu or the arm linux versions including openembedded angstrom. Started with slackware 2.

    Regardless of your favourite you should be able to use most distros, it just takes a bit of practise.

    The freebsd ports collection is nice (what the mac ports collections were based off).
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  • DarraghOConghaileDarraghOConghaile Posts: 1Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Hi Lister
    Try Linux Mint 12 Lisa its a good platform , light years ahead of latest Ubuntu offering.
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