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What Your Choice of Linux Distro Says about You

CowboyNeal posted about 10 years ago | from the choose-wisely dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 494

iter8 writes "NewsForge has an article explaining what your choice of distro says about you. There's no comment on what using Windows or OS X does for your rep. I use Mandrake, so that makes me suave and sophisticated."

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Slackware? (5, Interesting)

slavemowgli (585321) | about 10 years ago | (#10672499)

No mention of Slackware? What a pity.

Re:Slackware? (0)

glMatrixMode (631669) | about 10 years ago | (#10672526)

What does it say about them ? They're low on slack.

Re:Slackware? (1)

allden (748789) | about 10 years ago | (#10672530)

Slashdot polls give you more and better choices ;-)

Re:Slackware? (4, Insightful)

Performaman (735106) | about 10 years ago | (#10672548)

Indeed. But it would probably be "Slackware users are no-nonsense, doctrinarial, and do most things "by the book." They take pride in theirs being the oldest Linux Distro, and shun all others as being "childish."

Re:Slackware? (5, Informative)

slavemowgli (585321) | about 10 years ago | (#10672678)

Actually, slackware isn't the oldest distro. That credit is generally given to SLS, which appeared in mid-1992; however, there also was MCC Interim Linux (available from the university of Manchester in feb 1992), and TAMU, from the Texas A&M university (about the same time).

Re:Slackware? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672753)

Neither of them is still around in a recognizable form, though. Slackware's still around, and has deviated little from its origins.

Re:Slackware? (3, Informative)

Jane_Dozey (759010) | about 10 years ago | (#10672764)

Oldest surviving distro then.

Re:Slackware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672550)

no mention of LFS either? :-(

Not a pity... (5, Funny)

SaDan (81097) | about 10 years ago | (#10672553)

Slackware users don't need to be compared to the rest of that trash!

Oops... Did I say that out loud? ;-)

Re:Not a pity... (1)

Analog Anomaly (806971) | about 10 years ago | (#10672582)

Damn right! :) -slackware user

Re:Slackware? (0, Troll)

Yath (6378) | about 10 years ago | (#10672584)

Slackware users are libertarian (or even anarchist) control freaks. They react with hostility to any hint of a threat to their freedoms, and make do with a minimum of centralized control. They make friends slowly, and tend to keep them for a long, LONG time but can decisively say goodbye to any who betray them. They have very little tolerance for nonsense.

Re:Slackware? (1)

TykeClone (668449) | about 10 years ago | (#10672618)

libertarian (or even anarchist) control freaks.

Aren't libertarian (or even anarchist) and control freaks mutually exclusive?

Re:Slackware? (3, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | about 10 years ago | (#10672733)

Aren't libertarian (or even anarchist) and control freaks mutually exclusive?

Nope, anarchists want control over their own destiny, and aren't willing to give up any of their personal sovreignty to anyone. They're also intelligent enough to understand basic arguments of symmetry.

Re:Slackware? (1)

kristaps.kaupe (784876) | about 10 years ago | (#10672713)

Libertarian (anarchist)? Grrrrrrrrr....

- slackware user

Re:Slackware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672591)

Typical first posters and trolls they are..

(modding this post as troll would make it funny, modding it funny would ruin it ...)

Re:Slackware? (2, Interesting)

NemoX (630771) | about 10 years ago | (#10672600)

I was surprised about this as well. I started on Slackware, and still find it to be my favorite after taking a dip in many other waters. So, I guess the question should be "what does newsforge's choice of linux distributions say about newsforge?" :p

Got Slackware Right Here (5, Funny)

Jameth (664111) | about 10 years ago | (#10672659)

Since they didn't cover Slackware, here you go:

Slackware users are paradoxically obsessed with being cutting edge and traditional at the same time. They love to point out that their distro has all the latest programs, but explain that it's ancient installer is 'still up to the task' and that the lack of powerful package management 'leaves them in control'. Slackware users like to do things for themselves and tend to ignore what popular opinion (and logic and reason and all rational thought) says is good.

And, since they didn't include Fedora either, here's that one:

Fedora is synonymous with Red Hat, but many of its users believe that it isn't. The song of the king of the Linux street, Fedora is popular with those who want to be in the middle of the road, but leading the crowd. Unfortunately, they are actually be pushed along from behind, with the silly-hat men leading from behind. Fedora is very loyal to its customers, except when they want something that Red Hat doesn't, in which case they consider the feature risky.

Re:Slackware? (4, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | about 10 years ago | (#10672676)

that is because most journalists are frightened by Slackware. It's the oldest existing Linux distro (Yggdrasil was the very first) and as far as I am concerned the single best distro for doing what linux is supposed to.

Slackware on a machine is usually 50% or more faster than the fedora,redhat,mandrake and it makes sense where things are and where config files are insteaad of the randomized placement found in other distros. (which is the single bigest problem with linux, I dont care who is right, let's pick one filesystem layout and EVERYONE use it.)

I have tried ALL linux distros and I keep coming back to slackware. It just works.

Don't believe everything you read. (5, Funny)

Rahga (13479) | about 10 years ago | (#10672500)

"I use Mandrake, so that makes me suave and sophisticated."

In other news, Bud Light gets you lots of chicks. In bikinis. And twins.

Oh, well... It's a Saturday.

Re:Don't believe everything you read. (1)

FlipmodePlaya (719010) | about 10 years ago | (#10672685)

Well, Newsforge did put it under the humor section... It wasn't meant to be a buyer's guide, or anything.

Re:Don't believe everything you read. (2, Funny)

jZnat (793348) | about 10 years ago | (#10672702)

Don't forget about FG!

"Partucket Patriot beer; if you drink it, hot women will have sex in your backyard!"

They both also... (1)

ThomasFlip (669988) | about 10 years ago | (#10672756)

leave you bloated

Attention all OS X users: (2, Funny)

BandwidthHog (257320) | about 10 years ago | (#10672502)

Please refrain from making 'lickable' jokes.

That is all.

Re:Attention all OS X users: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672658)

That's a totally lickable opinion.

Rubber Duckie, you're the one (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672505)

You make bathtime lots of fun
Rubber Duckie, I'm awfully fond of you!

It works...? (5, Interesting)

DogDude (805747) | about 10 years ago | (#10672508)

What if I use the distro that I use because it's the only one that I could get to actually work?

Re:It works...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672531)

That means that you are not 1337, and a b1G l4m3r.

hear hear! (2, Interesting)

clsc (730336) | about 10 years ago | (#10672583)

sofar i've tried ubuntu, gnoppix, knoppix, suse, morphix, knoppix, slax, elearnix, dynebolic, mepis, dsl, puppy, pc linuxos, gentoo (oh, and one or two of those bsd's as well).

The moment i find one that recognizes my onboard sound i'll take it, no matter which name it's got. Untill then i'm stuck on windoze for everything that involves sound (and i do like music).

Re:hear hear! (2, Insightful)

itallushrt (148885) | about 10 years ago | (#10672611)

sofar i've tried ubuntu, gnoppix, knoppix, suse, morphix, knoppix, slax, elearnix, dynebolic, mepis, dsl, puppy, pc linuxos, gentoo (oh, and one or two of those bsd's as well).

The moment i find one that recognizes my onboard sound i'll take it, no matter which name it's got. Untill then i'm stuck on windoze for everything that involves sound (and i do like music).


uhhh, recompile the kernel and use whichever distro you choose.

Re:hear hear! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672704)

I hate it when people say that their distro is resposible for specific hardware not being supported. It's highly unlikely that your distro has drivers that they've made and not released to anyone else. And if it's a patch, the odds are gentoo-sources have it.

Re:hear hear! (2, Funny)

DogDude (805747) | about 10 years ago | (#10672745)

uhhh, recompile the kernel and use whichever distro you choose.

Oh, and people say there isn't support out there for Linux! Look at this pearl, this gem of wisdom... "recompile the kernel". In just 3 words, this obvsiously astute Linux expert managed to confuse, irritate, AND alienate! Wow, now that's what I call real user support; a real tight community! It's a wonder why more people aren't using Linux these days.

Re:hear hear! (2, Insightful)

Chrax (782154) | about 10 years ago | (#10672696)

Either recompile the kernel or get an SB Live for $30. Either way beats using Windows.

Re:It works...? (1)

itallushrt (148885) | about 10 years ago | (#10672588)

What if I use the distro that I use because it's the only one that I could get to actually work?

Then you should probably go back to the OS that was left out of the article (WinXP).

Re:It works...? (2, Insightful)

SparklingClearWit (792141) | about 10 years ago | (#10672729)

Gosh, that's really helpful!

RIGHT THERE is the reason that business, Mom and Dad, and Joe Sixpack won't adopt OSS. The elitist - no, actually - "prick-ish" attitude that so many Linux and Unix users display.

Until this attitude is GONE, we have no chance at becoming the proud bearers of an alternative operating system.

I run FreeBSD, RedHat, Debian, WinXPPro, and Win2KPro, so I'm just a slut, since I'll use anything.

Re:It works...? (1)

DrSkwid (118965) | about 10 years ago | (#10672762)

FreeBSD, RedHat, Debian, WinXPPro, and Win2KPro

POSIX is for weeners, use a proper OS

Re:It works...? (2, Funny)

dagur (821323) | about 10 years ago | (#10672661)

What was the problem? Couln't play mp3 files in Fedora? Installing software in Debian gave you the error "bash: rpm: command not found"?

Re:It works...? (5, Funny)

nomadic (141991) | about 10 years ago | (#10672675)

What if I use the distro that I use because it's the only one that I could get to actually work?

Then you must enter an intense period of training to hone your installation skills. Go out now and get a copy of NetBSD and begin. After you can install that, you can return to Linux in triumph, for you will be able to install anything.

gmail invites (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672509)

DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINKS!!! (1)

Vicsun (812730) | about 10 years ago | (#10672545)

they aren't really g-mail invites, if you were wondering.

Re:DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINKS!!! (1)

Lisandro (799651) | about 10 years ago | (#10672554)

Offtopic, but i have a few if anyone's interested. Not that they're rare anymore or anything.

Re:DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINKS!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672599)

you my friedfeind are a true AOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672694)

Duh

They forgot Caldera (5, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | about 10 years ago | (#10672510)

Using Caldera says that if your linux install fails, sue someone.

A distro doesn't say a damn thing about anyone (4, Insightful)

phoxix (161744) | about 10 years ago | (#10672516)

There are plenty of hardcore code, library, kernel hackers running distros like fedora, suse, mandrake, etc

There are also plenty of totaly linux newbies using gentoo, archlinux, etc

I know that this article is a joke (not a funny one either), but these stereotypes need to come to an end.

Sunny Dubey

Re:A distro doesn't say a damn thing about anyone (1)

Sensible Clod (771142) | about 10 years ago | (#10672619)

Wow. How on earth is that a troll? How about this:

There are many single people who drive giant SUV's and never take them off the road, and there are 5-person families who drive Civics.

Would that also be considered a troll?

Please mod parent up, at least a little.

Uhm.. (5, Informative)

Xeo 024 (755161) | about 10 years ago | (#10672517)

Oh please, this is just as reliable as the Which OS Are you? [bbspot.com] quiz.

Re:Uhm.. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672634)

Damn! I and ended up as Slackware. This just confirms the fact that women see me as unattractive, unfriendly and that I have a small package.

The Cat in the Hat (0, Offtopic)

OffTheLip (636691) | about 10 years ago | (#10672518)

Was red now blue.

I suppose someone.. (1)

Tracer_Bullet82 (766262) | about 10 years ago | (#10672519)

got pissed off at the "Cult of Mac" article.

*groan*

Seriuosly, do we need this?

Re:I suppose someone.. (1)

advocate_one (662832) | about 10 years ago | (#10672690)

look, it's the weekend before your election... and they want a good old fashioned distro war rather than pointless political flamewars... anything to take your minds off the drivel pouring out of the news channels on the political campaigns...

Great. No Slackware. (5, Funny)

Xpilot (117961) | about 10 years ago | (#10672520)

So I'll just make one up:

Slackware users are grumpy, bearded old Unix sysadmins who prefer things be done the "good old fashioned way", making their Linux distro stick to traditional Unix principles, through 10 feet of snow, uphill, both ways!

P.S. I'm a slackware user myself, don't flame me ;) It was tongue-in-cheek.

Re:Great. No Slackware. (1)

mrseigen (518390) | about 10 years ago | (#10672561)

But this is why I use Debian. That, and I really like upgrading things. Yup.

Does Fedora count? (5, Funny)

Sensible Clod (771142) | about 10 years ago | (#10672521)

I don't see any mention of Fedora. Do they expect everyone to believe it's the same as Red Hat's commercial distro?

More likely, we Fedora users are just too good for words.

Re:Does Fedora count? (1)

casey (252) | about 10 years ago | (#10672665)

I was a little bummed about no mention of Fedora as well.. I've got a RHEL3 box and several FC2 machines and 'RHEL3' ne 'FC2'; The way I look at it.. Fedora users are the 'oldschool' RH folks who remember the good old days of ftp installing RH4 and still believe RTFM is better support than someone on the phone with a recording of 'That is not supported'..

Suse users like a *clean* desktop? (5, Funny)

KublaiKhan (522918) | about 10 years ago | (#10672524)

Obviously, theyv'e never seen mine...the only reason that the icons even line up is because the automatic line up feature's enabled. As for my non-computer desktop....it's been declared a Superfund site, and the EPA guys will be along any time now with the hazmat suits.

I guess I'm using the wrong distro, huh?

Tagentially related ... (2, Informative)

YetAnotherName (168064) | about 10 years ago | (#10672528)

... is BBSpot's OS Quiz [bbspot.com] .

lmao (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672529)

Now "Which are you?" blog-style quizzes are being posted on Slashdot? Fuck this noise.

Lisandro (4, Funny)

Lisandro (799651) | about 10 years ago | (#10672533)

Gentoo

If John Wayne had been a Linux user, he would have used Gentoo. Gentoo users are pioneers, people who like to live close to the metal, and don't mind hurting themselves on sharp objects. Some feel that Gentoo users are simply lazy louts who always want to have a ready excuse for why they are not doing constructive things with their computer, other than compiling or recompiling the latest kernel, app, or hapless passerby. The official Gentoo motto is, "If it moves, compile it."


Paraphrasing Maddox, Gentoo users are baddases and listen to Pantera. Red Hat users get their nails done and shop for purses.

Ok, i'll shut up now :)

Re:Lisandro (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672576)

Ah, yes. Pantera; the "NKOTB" of Metal.

This whole "news article" is just one fucked up way to incite a full on flame war. Great job, CowboyNeal.

Re:Lisandro (4, Funny)

Rob Riggs (6418) | about 10 years ago | (#10672640)

You misspelled "Porsches".

Re:Lisandro (1)

Lisandro (799651) | about 10 years ago | (#10672668)

Touché. Mod up!

Re:Lisandro (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672734)

guys do not have purses we have 'man bags' i am deeply offended now. In reality i am slackware, then rh distro person.

Wha does it mean if i do LFS and create my own distro.

The article is a troll (4, Insightful)

dancedance (600701) | about 10 years ago | (#10672537)

The entire point of the article is to piss off everyone using any of those distros.

The article is a joke!!!!!oneone11!11! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672683)

If you didn't notice that yourself you really should work on not taking everything so seriously, least of all what distro you use.

Re:The article is a troll (1)

bhtooefr (649901) | about 10 years ago | (#10672684)

It seemed that the author had an extreme Mandrake bias.

I'll admit, I prefer Mandrake, but I did notice that this guy was attacking other distros more than Mandrake.

Some edits needed. (1, Funny)

jZnat (793348) | about 10 years ago | (#10672538)

Debian: this user typically tends to stick with older machines and enjoys using the "unstable" versions that are actually the current version, just not tested by the developers themselves yet (because they are too busy playing UT2004 and Doom 3).

Gentoo: this user typically likes to brag about how they were able to install linux using only a bash prompt, yet they conveniently disregard the fact that they used a fully understandable documentation on how to install it that even a linux newbie could understand.

Slackware: this user likes the name, tries it out and falls in love. They enjoy the .com domain for it and will likely recommend it to all their friends, similar to that of some Firefox users.

Re:Some edits needed. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672631)

Hehe.. when I first tried Linux I did some attempts with Red Hat before deciding to BUY the Slackware 3.4 set, just because I liked the name .. Fell in love of course. Still using it.

Re:Some edits needed. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672653)

Let the flame wars begin!
Gentoo: this user typically likes to brag about how they were able to install linux using only a bash prompt, yet they conveniently disregard the fact that they used a fully understandable documentation on how to install it that even a linux newbie could understand.

I agree that the documentation is easy to follow. But I dont understand why you make it sound like a bad thing. Its wonderfull they have such good documentation. How else are you going to learn to do it the 1st time? And after that, you dont really need the install docs anymore, because you understand the process going on.

Here you have it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672542)

"Linspire provides its users more ease of use than they deserve."
Keep thinking like that...

Slackware? (-1, Redundant)

xandroid (680978) | about 10 years ago | (#10672544)

No Slackware? Aww...

Re:Slackware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672720)

What does Netcraft say?

Hey! I'm John Wayne! (1)

sgant (178166) | about 10 years ago | (#10672546)

John Wayne - American (on his medal of freedom)

and of course:
"Rooster Cogburn : I aim to kill you in one minute, Ned. Or see you hanged in Fort Smith at Judge Parker's convenience. What'll it be?

Ned Pepper : I call that bold talk for a one eyed fat man.

Rooster Cogburn : Fill your hands, you son of a bitch."


and:
Rooster Cogburn : You can't serve papers on a rat, baby sister. You gotta shoot him or let him be.

Damn Small (2, Funny)

loomis (141922) | about 10 years ago | (#10672547)

What if I use Damn Small Linux? Does that make me very tiny?

Re:Damn Small (1)

jZnat (793348) | about 10 years ago | (#10672669)

If by "me" you mean "little me", then yes, you have a small penis. Better give in to those viagra spam emails; I hear they work just as advertised according to the carefully crafted consumer reviews included in every email!

slackware (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672552)

Slackware :

Slackware users were abonned at birth and raised by a pack of wolves. Natural selection opperates in harmony with evolution to ensure only the strong survive amongst this group. During the interview process the interviewer was subjected to sometype of tar treatment rendering him unable to finish his report.

Re:slackware (0, Redundant)

Tsiangkun (746511) | about 10 years ago | (#10672596)

funny.

Slackware (1)

thinker (7404) | about 10 years ago | (#10672565)

Just a gal or guy who loves to hack.

The true spirit of *NIX.

Gentoo (3, Funny)

toupsie (88295) | about 10 years ago | (#10672567)

I use Gentoo because I believe that an OS should be loud, obnoxious and have glass packs on the exhaust. Of course my Shuttle XPC has a "Type R" sticker on it.

I'm using Gentoo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672570)

And now I don't really dare to look at the article.

No need for that (5, Interesting)

CaptainZapp (182233) | about 10 years ago | (#10672575)

Knoppix users are pushy and aggressive. It's not at all unusual for them to hand you a CD and tell you to boot from it.

What a cincidence and a true story.

One of the broad minded Windows admins in [insert major logistics company] yelled at me "Linux for President" when I passed his office before yesterday.

It turns out that one of his laptops was fuxored and no matter what he wasn't able to boot it under Windows.

Since he is broadminded and a good admin (even though he's an MCSE) he has his tools ready and one of it is Knoppix.

The laptop booted like a charm, made the partition visible, the files where saved to another laptop and Linux oughta be president.

There was really no need to push Knoppix on him.

SuSE and Red Hat for me... (-1, Flamebait)

Thaidog (235587) | about 10 years ago | (#10672585)

Everybody's like Gentoo is so leet! Whatever... the installs I do are way too complex with RAID arrays and LVD for me to sit around and do every little thing from a fscking command line... that and I don't have 2 days to compile from source. They should really make a graphical installer (well they actually do but it's only half the install and it's stage3 so what's the point?)

Re:SuSE and Red Hat for me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672715)

I don't have 2 days to compile from source. They should really make a graphical installer (well they actually do but it's only half the install and it's stage3 so what's the point?)

So you don't want to compile from source but want a graphical installer to do a stage 1 install?

P.S.: I really doubt it would take anywhere to 2 days to install gentoo on a machine that runs these tremendously complex things you are boasting about. 2 hours would be more accurate.

missing option (2)

DrStrangeLoop (567076) | about 10 years ago | (#10672593)

Slackware
  • Slackware users just want a lean base system and dont need any kind of package manager since they just build the stuff they need from scratch. while not the best choice for a production system imho (go FreeBSD =), Slackware is excellent for any kind of academic / system development work.

Re:missing option (1)

iggymanz (596061) | about 10 years ago | (#10672645)

yup, slackware is for people with lots of time to kill: slackers! 8D

Re:missing option (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672751)

Bah All distro users are coddled pussys.

Linux From Scratch. the real man's linux.

What Gentoo REALLY says about you (4, Funny)

Have Blue (616) | about 10 years ago | (#10672606)

http://funroll-loops.org/ [funroll-loops.org]

What about Ubuntu? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672622)

Does that mean you like threesomes?

multiple choice? (1)

tverbeek (457094) | about 10 years ago | (#10672624)

Between the various Linux distros I use (Red Hat, Mandrake, Coyote, Debian), the Mac OS versions I'm running (7.0, 9.2, 10.x), the Windowses I use (mostly at work) (98SE, 2K, XP), and the FreeBSD and BeOS boxes I play with, I presumably have a case of Multiple Personality Disorder.

I must be schizoid... (1)

advocate_one (662832) | about 10 years ago | (#10672641)

This box is Suse 9.1... the fileserver in the bedroom is Mandrake 9.2... the laptop has now got Ubuntu "Warty Warthog" on it and I'm currently downloading SimplyMEPIS to play with on the spare box...

Re:I must be schizoid... (1, Offtopic)

Reducer2001 (197985) | about 10 years ago | (#10672765)

It's Saturday. Go outside, drink beer and talk to girls!

Because the poster forget (2, Funny)

BluhDeBluh (805090) | about 10 years ago | (#10672656)

Both NewsForge and Slashdot are part of OSTG [ostg.com] .

Re:Because the poster forget (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672726)

Plus, it seems the guys at OSTG [ostg.com] can't actually spell politics. Click on '4' when the Flash loads. Nice to know the people who own Slashdot are REALLY smart.

Not informative, not funny, whee... (5, Informative)

sultanoslack (320583) | about 10 years ago | (#10672673)

Uhm, this isn't really news and isn't even really decent humor.

If you want something informative, there's the old reliable Distro Watch [distrowatch.com] and if you want something funny, try:

Read the first post after the article (1)

Gothmolly (148874) | about 10 years ago | (#10672687)

Funny to see the obligatory "Debian is great and sucks less than it used to and has a cool package tool!!111!" post.

Sure (4, Funny)

Sivar (316343) | about 10 years ago | (#10672700)

I had opened the link in a new tab and was about to read it, and then I caught the "I use Mandrake, so that makes me suave and sophisticated." part, which instantly removed any faith I may have had in the test. ;-)

A non-distro specific answer (3, Insightful)

j0e_average (611151) | about 10 years ago | (#10672701)

Stereotypes aside, the fact that I've chosen a linux distro should say something loud and clear:

1. I HAVE A CHOICE.
2.I DO NOT HAVE TO CONFORM TO THE SCHEMES/STANDARDS/LICENSING SET BY REDMOND.
3. I GET TO USE MY COMPUTER IN THE MANNER I SEE FIT.

If these choices are important to you too, then consider becoming a member of the EFF and supporting your favorite distro by purchasing a copy once a year or so. There's lots of software projects that could use help as well!

Re:A non-distro specific answer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672763)

FYI: A new kernel patch is available that fixes that pesky stuck capslock bug.

Slackware should have gentoo description.. (2, Insightful)

Man in Spandex (775950) | about 10 years ago | (#10672749)

and I'm talking about this part:
If John Wayne had been a Linux user, he would have used Gentoo. Gentoo users are pioneers, people who like to live close to the metal, and don't mind hurting themselves on sharp objects.

I'll bet my last dollar that a lot of gentoo users, if they used slackware, would hurt themself more than on gentoo. Some people use emerge without knowing wtf its doing and if you give them a real distro, they're gonna be lost and go back to gentoo or a distro with an easy package manager. I have nothing against package managers.

Slackware is the pure thing. You actually learn out of it. Of course when you're done learning and you are sick of it, then ok you can go to gentoo or something like debian sarge but nowadays, it's not true that every gentoo user knows how gentoo and/or portage works.

How about FreeBSD ? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10672760)

You insensitive clod !

wtf was that... (1)

Thelonious Monk (667418) | about 10 years ago | (#10672768)

That was the stupidest thing i've read. I wouldn't normally just leave it at that, but fuck, just read the article yourself and see. THANKS FOR WASTING MY TIME /. !!@#@!$%!!
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