Favorite Linux Distributions

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What is your favorite Linux distribution?

  1. Ubuntu

    22 vote(s)
    30.6%
  2. Mint

    11 vote(s)
    15.3%
  3. Elementary

    2 vote(s)
    2.8%
  4. Debian

    9 vote(s)
    12.5%
  5. openSUSE

    3 vote(s)
    4.2%
  6. Fedora

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  7. Centos

    3 vote(s)
    4.2%
  8. Arch

    12 vote(s)
    16.7%
  9. SteamOS

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. PCLinuxOS

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. Puppy

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  12. Other (too many to list really)

    9 vote(s)
    12.5%
  1. elguapo

    elguapo Gringos falling from the skys

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    Gentoo user: "To me, an extra 0.1% performance increase, even if I am only imagining it to be faster, is certainly worth one day a week recompiling all of the latest packages from source code."
    o_O
     
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  2. Thad E Ginathom

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    Since I no longer do system administration for a living, that really sounds too much like work to me.

    And, even when it was work... the best sys admin is the lazy sysadmin: We set up stuff so that it just works, and maximise the feet-up time

    :bird:
     
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  3. Taverius

    Taverius Smells like sausages

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    Always relevant:

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  4. jowls

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    I just moved over to Manjaro KDE. NICE! The ‘testing’ repos seem to fully support my new coffee lake ITX hardware too.
     
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    So what secure CD extract software are you guys using with Linux? XLD is probably the thing I miss most about OSX (along with Audirvana :().
     
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    Vorlon self-important, pompous ass

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    Heh! I used to be one of those back when Gentoo was pretty popular (like top 5 on DistroWatch). Installing OpenOffice back in the day took almost a weekend. In senior high school my hobbies were basically competitive RTS (Starcraft, Warcraft 3) and learning/tinkering with Linux.. I was lucky to have a friend who got into Linux first and taught me how to use Debian as my first main distribution. It was really cool to follow things back when Ubuntu was just set up and released their first versions. Finally a non-RPM based desktop friendly distribution! I still try Ubuntu every year or so, but I haven´t had it installed regularly as a dual boot setup for a long time now. Reading this thread got me thinking I need to set that up again :)

    As for Gentoo, while I doubt there ever was any sort of noticeable speed increase, it had a lot of other good things going for it. Even on the stable rolling version packages were often more up to date than on Debian Sid/Unstable and the emerge package manager was really good at what it did. It was also surprisingly stable considering how new most of the packages were. What I loved about it the most was the community though. The legendary installation manual was (still probably is, haven´t checked in 5+ years) so well written and the forums were full of life. I can´t think of another distribution that had such an active forum based community at the time. Come to think of it, it was actually a bit similar to SBAF with its friend system - just that if you managed to install and configure it you "passed the test". There were also a lot of active Gentoo-dedicated IRC channels. That being said, like most of its users I eventually got tired of waiting for stuff to compile/having to configure everything manually and went back to Debian/Ubuntu... It was a great learning experience though.
     
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    Heh, cdparanoia in a bash script (same as ever). Tagging done separately by easytag.
     
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    I use EAC with Wine. Whipper is another option that works well.
     
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    I just looked up Whipper. I see it is a python project that uses cdparanoia for the actual ripping. I use cdparanoia because I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy. Choices are good.
     
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    I don't really get CD paranoia. Far worse thing can happen to music on its way to my ears (not to mention after it reaches them) than the loss of a bit here and there, which might not be very likely anyway.

    Maybe it's my CD drive (in which case I should do something. Actually recently replaced), but whenever I've tried any of this secure ripping stuff, it seems to take hours. I think RubyRipper was the last one I tried.

    Anyway, always willing to check out a new tool. Will see my google results for Whipper after reading my open SBAF tabs. Thanks.

    Edit: also found morituri. Ready to install. Whipper, I'll have to build... Need a techie mood for that stuff!

    Edit 2: Even that was a bit techie and required installing some other stuff and use of the make command ohymygod! ;)

    Edit 3: OK, OK, I admit it: I got a bit techie. After a bit of reading and installing as above, and some messing around, it seems that, I'll be able to rip CDs with the drive cache disbabled and the offset known. Is this good? Must be, right? I'm sure it is!
    Code:
    $ rip drive list
    drive: /dev/cdrom, vendor: ATAPI   , model: iHAS124   F     , release: CL9F
           No read offset found.  Run 'rip offset find'
           Unknown whether audio cache can be defeated. Run 'rip drive analyze'
    $ rip drive analyze
    cdparanoia can defeat the audio cache on this drive.
    Adding drive cache behaviour to configuration file.
    $ rip drive list
    drive: /dev/cdrom, vendor: ATAPI   , model: iHAS124   F     , release: CL9F
           No read offset found.  Run 'rip offset find'
           Can defeat audio cache: True
    $ rip offset find
    Checking device /dev/cdrom
    Trying read offset 6 ...                     
    Offset of device is likely 6, confirming ... 
                                                 
    Read offset of device is: 6.
    Adding read offset to configuration file.
    $
    
    By the way: I did recently install a new CD drive, due to to eject reluctance with the old one. The model was one I'd noticed as being recommended for all the above stuff in some article I read a while back.

    By the way 2: This is confusing: the package is called Morituri, but the command is called.... rip. And it is a command-line tool.

    Outcome: More accurate ripping for me in the future! I don't actually rip much these days, but when I do it's going to be good! I do have my 8-disc-classical-set birthday present on the shelf to get started with :)
     
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    Manjaro is legit. Everything works out of the box with my coffee lake build, including HiDPI on a 4k monitor. NICE.
     
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    My wife has a Dell Inspiron 3542 laptop. It has an ancient version of Ubuntu, 12, I think, and the internet told me that upgrading was not on as the Dell hardware would not be supported. But I booted it from a Ubuntu 14.04 thumbdrive, and, with one exception (the scroll feature on the touch pad), everything worked. Even stuff like the display and keyboard brightness keys.

    So I'm plucking up courage to go for it. I won't upgrade, I'll install it in another partition, and then shift relevant stuff to the new home directory, and when all is fine, make it the default boot from Grub.

    On my own machine, I keep the previous two installs. Just in case. Just in case of what, once the newest version has proved itself, I don't know. Some sort of ex-sys-admin syndrome, I suppose.
     
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