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    slackware is still my personal favorite. i remembered the time when i got a 100mhz cyrix cpu (!) and 16mb ram (!!), and slackware was the only distro that let me installed on that without complaining; then i ran apache, mysql, bind, qmail, grsec, plus other things on it. i don't know about you, but i can feel the greatness of linux in slackware; never complained, and everything just worked.

    i love those days (redhat complained that my ram was too small; it demanded 64mb before i could proceed :/ )

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    @boofsterb: No rudeness detected or meant, my friend. ...always great to chat up another linux guru on these forums. Your mention of slackware just brought up alot of memories of my first dayz of "unix on the pc". On the bleeding edge, compiling every new little kernel release (took hours on my pentium 60, but the performance completely destroyed the Sun sparcstations at university), spending hours getting the modem working, etc...

    I guess I would say instead that every distro in those days were all hacker's dreams at that time, and slack was the best of them. But the word utilitarian is quite perfect to describe it today: no frills, no sugar-coats, nothing hidden, and live close to the hardware!

    Was slack your first distro? I wonder how it would run on a G74/G75/G5X?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fostert View Post
    @boofsterb: No rudeness detected or meant, my friend. ...always great to chat up another linux guru on these forums. Your mention of slackware just brought up alot of memories of my first dayz of "unix on the pc". On the bleeding edge, compiling every new little kernel release (took hours on my pentium 60, but the performance completely destroyed the Sun sparcstations at university), spending hours getting the modem working, etc...

    I guess I would say instead that every distro in those days were all hacker's dreams at that time, and slack was the best of them. But the word utilitarian is quite perfect to describe it today: no frills, no sugar-coats, nothing hidden, and live close to the hardware!

    Was slack your first distro? I wonder how it would run on a G74?
    Try it and let us know! From what I've heard of the LINUX world in the 1990's, it was all targeted at nerds back then. Nobody was worried about non-techie users on LINUX. If you can't risk your machine, I can download it and try it on a G53SX, if you would like.
    I am disturbed because I cannot break my system...found out there were others trying to cope! We have a support group on here, if your system will not break, please join!
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=16
    We now have 178 people whose systems will not break! Yippee!
    LINUX Users, we have a group!
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=23

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    slackware was definitely my first but I have used many different flavors of Linux since then. slackware is totally customizable to the point where I had to write my own script just to connect my Bluetooth headphones. That's what I like about the Linux community there is tremendous support. I would not know as much as I do with Linux if it wasn't for the community chiming in.

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    Wow...lots of slack users! I'm in good company here! I stayed with slackware to kernel 2.0 and later but in 1999 I fried my Pentium 60 and everything in it (I touched my CRT screen and the electrostatic discharge travelled through my body into my metal desk, and into the case which was in contact with the desk, and snap!). Went to redhat (didn't like it), to Mandrake (hated that), then to Scientific Linux (was OK but horribly undersupported) and recently (2011) to Debian.

    @Zygo: Thats terrific, and I may actually give slackware 14.0 a try on the G74 later this year when my leave ends. For now I need my G74 functioning and well-tuned, the way I have it with Debian.
    1990s nerds, and comp-sci majors, grewn up and became today's IT professionals. The proliferation of linux was inevitable.

    @rewben: sounds like you too started in the days of the early 1.X kernel releases too. Cyrix 100MHz? Barely remember those chips.

    @boofsterb: yes, the community is the greatest thing about it. Spectacular, just like the ROG community on these forums.
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    Looking forward to your testing when your leave ends, @fostert! Or would you like me to go ahead and give it a try. Say the word and I start the download!

    Let me echo your sentiments. I love the community that has arisen around the LINUX world, much like the community here. Maybe one of us should start the LINUX usergroup to promote the penguin! Anyway, back to LINUX. The community is so helpful, in that there are those nerds out there who are free with their knowledge and ready to help. They are the tech support of the LINUX world, and they pretty much cost nothing.

    I tried Fedora, didn't care for it much, I have CentOS running in a VM in VirtualBox, and like it well enough, but not as well as OpenSUSE. The make or break for me is the package management. Debian's package management (namely Synaptic) is incredible, and OpenSUSE's (with YaST) is very close behind. It makes all the difference in the world of 20000+ packages to have a good maintenance program to keep all the dependencies resolved and cleaned up when uninstalled. That's why I'm looking forward to a true LINUX smartphone, one that actually acts like a real computer, rather than a stripped-down, limited version of LINUX.
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    I am disturbed because I cannot break my system...found out there were others trying to cope! We have a support group on here, if your system will not break, please join!
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=16
    We now have 178 people whose systems will not break! Yippee!
    LINUX Users, we have a group!
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=23

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    @Zygo...Greetings and salutations fellow Pengu, the last interesting thing I saw from Linux was there smartphone, here's the link to it.

    http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/phone

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    Quote Originally Posted by boofsterb View Post
    @Zygo...Greetings and salutations fellow Pengu, the last interesting thing I saw from Linux was there smartphone, here's the link to it.

    http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/phone
    Greetings, fellow pingus. I have heard of the Ubuntu phone, and am waiting to see how it turns out. It could be a real winner, especially if the userland supports both LINUX and Android apps. That would open up a whole new world of smartphone productivity, since the device would be really capable of editing office documents and working like a full-fledged computer. Granted, typing on even a physical smartphone keyboard is pretty disappointing, but it would be miles better than the present stage of smartphones.
    I am disturbed because I cannot break my system...found out there were others trying to cope! We have a support group on here, if your system will not break, please join!
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=16
    We now have 178 people whose systems will not break! Yippee!
    LINUX Users, we have a group!
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=23

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    I now have a group for the LINUX users out there.
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=23
    I am disturbed because I cannot break my system...found out there were others trying to cope! We have a support group on here, if your system will not break, please join!
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=16
    We now have 178 people whose systems will not break! Yippee!
    LINUX Users, we have a group!
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=23

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zygomorphic View Post
    I now have a group for the LINUX users out there.
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=23
    1st joining member!!! now what prize did I win?

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