Hopping along the byte busway (IT Toolbox Blogs)



The biggest difference between Linux and other proprietary operating systems is that there is so much to choose from. If you get a Windows based computer then you get Windows. It will look exactly the same as every other Windows computer and perform exactly the same way as well.

 

If you were to buy an Apple based computer then you will get the Apple developed operating system which looks exactly the same on all of it’s devices and work exactly the same as well.

 

While that may be all well and good for the drones who think that right click means getting a pencil and paper it was not good enough for me, nor was it good enough for many other people who want their computer to work and look exactly how they want it to look and work.

 

You have probably heard of the term distro-hopping which means changing different Linux distributions regularly. I used to do it a lot in the past when I was figuring out my ultimate Linux distribution.

 

As I mentioned before my first Linux distribution was RedHat Linux. I liked it a lot however I eventually began to notice it’s restrictions. So I started my first foray into hopping distributiions.

 

Next I tried Debian and in terms of restrictions it was pretty much the same as RedHat. Although to be completely honest it is more configurable and a much more polished distribution than RedHat ever has been. There is a reason why so many Linux distributions are based on Debian.

 

It then came to my notice this thing called Linux from scratch. It was not a distribution per se, it was a book which taught you how to build your own Linux system completely from source code. Compiling everything on your own computer.

 

I thought this was just the bees knees and spent many hours compiling my perfect Linux distribution. The key word here is many hours. As everything is compiled from source code and there is no package management system I had to manage everything myself. This turned out to be more of a chore as I was spending more time keeping my computer updated than actually using it. It was great for learning about Linux however, which is it’s primary purpose.

 

Have you ever tried Linux from scratch? I completely recommend it as a way to really learn how Linux and most Unix based systems work. What is the lowest level base Linux distribution you have used? Tell us your experiences in the comments below. 

 
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