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Yuri_Rage 09-08-2008 03:25 PM

Operating System Geekery
 
I've got a spare 120GB hard drive installed on my desktop, and I feel like messing with another OS. Most likely, I'll wind up with another Linux distro. I run Ubuntu right now. So far, I'm interested in:

Gentoo - the Portage scheme is intriguing
Yellow Dog - thinking about a PS3, so this would get me familiar with the preferred distro
LinuxMint - curious as to how they've streamlined Ubuntu
FreeBSD - not Linux! Curiosity alone would drive me to install it

Comments/suggestions?

BuffaloSabresBrewer 09-08-2008 03:27 PM

Defiantly windows.

DesertBrew 09-08-2008 03:29 PM

Go old school Yuri. CP/M

CodeRage 09-08-2008 03:32 PM

I like FreeBSD personally

k1v1116 09-08-2008 03:46 PM

gentoo is my favorite for speed, options, and ease of use. it has almost all the freedom of building linux from scratch but the easy of using a package manager (emerge) for getting dependencies. I've tried freebsd but never been able to get into it the way I have with linux but thats just me, from everything Ive read about it, it can do everything linux can and more.
with 120GB you could partition the drive with a few small (10gb or so)partitions for each OS/distro and use a common partition for all your large media files since all those OSes/distros listed will play nice together. why not install all of them?

Yuri_Rage 09-08-2008 04:04 PM

Actually, I was considering a multiple OS install on that hard drive just to play around. Perhaps I'll go with Gentoo and FreeBSD to start.

Yuri_Rage 09-08-2008 05:23 PM

Just made 5 partitions of fairly equal size. The swap and home partitions reside on the other drive. Gentoo is up first, then FreeBSD. Linux Mint and YDL will follow shortly thereafter. I'm actually posting from the Gentoo Live browser while the installer runs in the background.

mmb 09-08-2008 06:26 PM

CentOS....

cause I'm a RedHat 5 n00b from '97 and I'm chained to the RPM package management system.

Nothing else seems to make sense to me

Tenchiro 09-08-2008 06:48 PM

I started out with Ubuntu, it is easy to install and setup and really easy to make any kind of changes that you want. Although I have been thinking about going to Gentoo or another distro recently just to see how they differ.

Mutilated1 09-08-2008 06:57 PM

If you like Gentoo, you will really like FreeBSD. Portage is very cool. Its been a long time since I used FreeBSD on a desktop, but I still use it on some Server Machines I have - rock solid.


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