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    Re: Looking for a very stable distro

    I would not give up on Debian, once you get it running it will work great.

    More info: http://wiki.debian.org/WiFi

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    Ugh that sucks. Perhaps there's a non-free CD or DVD that has it (not live images), if you wanna check there. Some people at the Debian forums know the contents of those .iso's pretty well, so maybe they could let you know.

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    Re: Looking for a very stable distro

    Just plug into a wired ethernet connection temporarily and fix your wifi, it should be easy. If you want to tell us which wifi card you have, maybe one of us can help you.

    It's a shame to limit yourself to "distros that support non-free hardware out-of-the-box" because that basically means 1) distros that operate out of foreign countries with weak software patent laws; or 2) distros that are so small/unpopular that they "fly under the radar." Most of the reputable top distros (Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Red Hat, etc.) take free vs. non-free software seriously, as they should.

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    Re: Looking for a very stable distro

    Quote Originally Posted by snowpine View Post
    Just plug into a wired ethernet connection temporarily and fix your wifi, it should be easy. If you want to tell us which wifi card you have, maybe one of us can help you.

    It's a shame to limit yourself to "distros that support non-free hardware out-of-the-box" because that basically means 1) distros that operate out of foreign countries with weak software patent laws; or 2) distros that are so small/unpopular that they "fly under the radar." Most of the reputable top distros (Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Red Hat, etc.) take free vs. non-free software seriously, as they should.
    I can't use a wired connection. The router is in the basement and I really don't want to lug the computer down there.

    I'm not limiting myself... didn't you see my response? I am currently looking for help in the Debian forums.
    Mint 17.3 Cinnamon

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    Re: Looking for a very stable distro

    Linux Mint is liable to have your drivers,
    but personally I have found arch and openSuse to be the most stable.

    I think the main reason I have found arch so stable is that I just keep with xinit rather than install something like gdm.
    sometimes people put up walls, not to protect themselves but to see who cares enough to break them down.

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    Re: Looking for a very stable distro

    Scientific 6.0

    Developed by CERN and FermiLab, based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Solid, stable GNOME desktop. Includes some extra blobs for wireless too

    It's excellent. Compatible with Fedora (RHEL based on Fedora 12/13).

    Highly recommended if you need stability for some years.

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    Re: Looking for a very stable distro

    Quote Originally Posted by kopilo View Post
    Linux Mint is liable to have your drivers,
    but personally I have found arch and openSuse to be the most stable.

    I think the main reason I have found arch so stable is that I just keep with xinit rather than install something like gdm.


    I don't get why Arch fanatics have to make claims for Arch beyond what even Arch claims for itself (which is a whole lot).

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    Re: Looking for a very stable distro

    Quote Originally Posted by racie View Post
    Hey guys. First of all, let me say that Ubuntu has been great to me. After updating to 11.04, I have some massive freezing issues (similar to the fellow here if you're interested). Now, rather than searching everywhere for an answer, I've decided that I don't really want to have to play with the bugs and hope they will resolve any more.

    I'm looking to try out some of the least buggy distros you can think of. I guess I'm trying to say that I'm looking for more stable and thoroughly-tested distros, rather than more bleeding-edge distributions.

    Although I could install Windows XP on this PC, I would rather chose a Linux distro first because I feel like it could take better advantage of my hardware.

    So... I've heard Debian may be what I'm looking for, but how do other major distributions do in comparison? Linux Mint? OpenSUSE? Arch? Slackware?

    *edit* Oh and the freezing issue isn't the sole reason for my wanting to try out other distros... it was more of a buildup to this point.
    I use Arch Linux (with Fluxbox), and it is a rolling distro which means that it is bleeding edge (in a sense). I have not had any major issues with Arch at all. I started out on Linux Slackware which is a good, stable distribution, imho. Also, both Arch and Slackware are/can be minimal distributions which I think affords the user a stable/configurable distro. If you are a Ubuntu user, then Debian would be a good, stable distro that you would be familiar with since Ubuntu is basically based off of Debian. Good luck!

    By the way, I have played around with Ubuntu and have had more breakage issues with Ubuntu in package upgrades than with Arch. Don't misunderstand Arch's philosophy here where "stable" doesn't necessarily mean an unchanged system, but Arch means something much different by "stable":

    Q) Is Arch Linux a stable distro? Will I get frequent breakage?

    A) The long and short answer is: It is largely as stable as you make it.

    You assemble your own Arch system, atop the simple base environment, and you control system upgrades. (Obviously, a larger, more complicated system incorporating multitudes of packages, multiple toolkits and desktop environments would be more likely to experience configuration issues due to upstream changes than a slimmer, more simple system would.) Arch is targeted at capable, proactive users. General UNIX competence and good system maintenance and upgrade practices also play a large role in system stability. Also recall that Arch packages are predominantly unpatched, so most application issues are inherently upstream.

    Therefore, it is the user who is ultimately responsible for the stability of his own rolling release system. The user decides when to upgrade, and merges necessary changes when required. If the user reaches out to the community for help, it is often provided in a timely manner. The difference between Arch and other distributions in this regard is that Arch is truly a 'do-it-yourself' distro; complaints of breakage are misguided and unproductive, since upstream changes are not the responsibility of Arch devs.


    Source: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...nt_breakage.3F
    Last edited by J. Sloan; May 18th, 2011 at 12:04 AM.

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    Re: Looking for a very stable distro

    Quote Originally Posted by J. Sloan View Post
    I use Arch Linux (with Fluxbox)
    Of course.

    Debian stable, Slackware, Scientific Linux, or if you wanna go down the build it from the ground up and roll on road, one of the *BSD's.

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    Re: Looking for a very stable distro

    Ubuntu can also be very stable if you use Fluxbox instead of Unity.

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