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    ok I'm looking for a new distro any thoughts crux or arch pros and cons please.

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    I've used and like both. They are quite a bit alike in many ways, but with CRUX, you get the slow source compile times like those you when using Gentoo. In actual use CRUX feels really fast, but keep in mind that both are geared more for intermediate to advanced users. If you don't like using the command line, it's best to steer clear of CRUX and Arch.

    In my opinion, CRUX is slightly more difficult to work with than Arch. However, if you like having lots of control and working in the command line environment, it's best to try them both and make up your own mind.
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    Crux is not for the faint of heart... It takes time to get things configured, and I never did get Gnome or KDE working as they should with Crux. It works well with IceWM though, and is very fun and rewarding. Crux is kind of like the hot rod you tinker with in your garage on weekends. It's very fast but there are better choices to take the family out in.
    Slackware might be a consideration for you too.
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    advanced or intermediate

    well I use gentoo as of now just got it all done and I installed crux on a seperate partion and I really like gentoo best. Afraid of cammand line?, haven't ever been afraid of the command line grewup on slackware and plan to stay withit until it dies sorry I'll just stick with slax and gentoo. I just needed to try a new distro see what all the hipe was about but fedora sucked and crashed my b110 junkbox, I'll think about arch I guess but after my experience with crux I doubt I will

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    Arch is not the worst distro to try, but I usually suggest to stick to what you are familiar with. Using your knowledge on a distro to your and the distros greatest advantage is worth a lot more than switching over and over again and learning things from scratch once more. Speed improvemtents are usually so minimal between todays distros that a switch is not worth the amount of time invested into a new system imho.
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    Heh, I've made a lot of distro hops recetly. Mainly because I haven't found "The Distro". Every distro seems to have some aspects I like but nothing has them all

    I'd suggest you try distros until you find one you're most comfortably with and then stick with it.

    So far I've been using Slackware, Debian, Gentoo, Arch and turning my eye on FreeBSD.

    Slackware's been the closest but the lack of automated package management is big minus for me as I'd like to be with the latest software. Gentoo's nice but I'm impatient to wait all the time and it feels quite beta as it has a lot of broken packages in 'stable' set. Debian is nice but perhaps too automated and Arch is just too 'young' distro but felt pretty promising one.

    Just got Qemu to work so I'll start to test distro's more with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wordballoon
    well I use gentoo as of now just got it all done and I installed crux on a seperate partion and I really like gentoo best. Afraid of cammand line?, haven't ever been afraid of the command line grewup on slackware and plan to stay withit until it dies sorry I'll just stick with slax and gentoo. I just needed to try a new distro see what all the hipe was about but fedora sucked and crashed my b110 junkbox, I'll think about arch I guess but after my experience with crux I doubt I will
    If you have no problem with gentoo, arch is easier and just about as fast. I haven't used crux, but arch is binary based.

    The install for arch takes about five minutes and then once you've logged into your system go

    (1) pacman -Syu
    (2) update grub because your kernel just changed
    (3) reboot
    (4) install whatever else you want for example I do
    pacman -S xorg
    pacman -S xfce4
    xorgconfig
    alsaconf
    adduser foo
    login foo
    startxfce4

    And you're go to go, it's just that easy. It is the fastest and easiest distro that I have ever used. But my main complaint is that there really is no stable branch. And sometimes you have to manually pick a better mirror (unless there's a utility I don't know about, which there can very well be) to get high download rate.

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    Arch is GREAT as a workstation OS. I do all my work (web developer and sys admin) on ArchLinux systems. pacman makes it so quick and easy to stay updated. Yes, it takes a bit of command line know-how, but not that much. Crux on the other hand...

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