I know every now and then there would be someone who would bring up a
discussion on which distro is "the best." So it's about time for me to
bring it up. Please do not start a flamewar!!! I just what some calm and
logical answers/opinions for discussion sake.
I will pose few questions (which does not directly asks you which distro is
the best), it's meant to get everyone's opinion and insights, here goes:
The fact is, there are no single distro out there that is "the best," for
everyone, it could only be "the best," base on an individual's taste.
Having that been said (my story):
For me, I don't like most other distros, b/c they come with way too much
"useless" packages, which would require me to spend lots of time going
through each one of it and figuring dependencies. I find myself comfortable
with SCO (formerly caldera) Open Linux 3.x. and recently Slackware, b/c
these two distros (for the most part) comes with everything you need and
nothing you don't. Additionally, other's add that Slackware is the closest
to Unix and is "the most stable" distro out there. Being most similar to
Unix, I would have to spent more time to determine that.
(1) However, being the most stable linux out there. . .what kind of
statistics do we have to back that up? I heard Debian is pretty solid as
Redhat was my first distro that I've ever used (which I find that quite
common, being the fact that Redhat has the biggest market share), but I find
myself moving away from Redhat, b/c it was kind of buggy (especially with X
3.x and netscape 4.x) and the fact that it has too much useless packages.
I've recently was able to play around with Redhat 8.0, and I must said, it's
not that bad, it's actually pretty cool. The install and gui is clean and
polished and it seems to be less buggy (I haven't encounter a bug YET). But
it still comes with a ton of useless junks.
(2) What is your opinion on the Redhat distro?
(3) Please feel free to post WHY you think your distro is "the best," and
which distros you would avoid, please have logical and practical examples to
back it up.
Disclaimer: This posting is not intended to start any kind of flamewar,
please be conservative with what you said about other distros, remember one
man's garbage is another man's gem and vice versa.