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Best distro non-mainstream

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Stratus_ss

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by non-mainstream I mean not Ubuntu/Fedora etc.

I am thinking Arch, I am looking for something a little more hands on, was thinking Debian minimal and build it myself or maybe LFS, though I want to stay away from Gentoo, traditionally I dont get along well with it for some reason.

EDIT: been wanting to try a rolling release distro for a while
 

ihrsetrdr

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I love Debian, but the minimal or netinst is not going to be exciting; it will insure that you have up-to-the-minute binaries though. If you want to compile it yourself but do not want Gentoo, then Arch is really the only other choice that I know of.
 

I.M.O.G.

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You want to try Arch. I've really enjoyed it since I installed. It's the best option there is for a rolling release distro, without too much fuss.
 
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Stratus_ss

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I don't know if you'd consider it mainstream but I <3 Mint

Mint is on every computer I touch (with the only exception being media centres which have mythbuntu)

I'll give arch a shot maybe this weekend when I have some time
 
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Stratus_ss

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ReactOS is a windows clone :)

I believe you have to pay for Elive. Not that that is a problem I would just rather test something before donating.
 

{PMS}fishy

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Gentoo or one of the BSD (free, open, net) flavors. Debian is fairly mainstream if you ask me.
 

Enablingwolf

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Debian is fairly mainstream if you ask me.
One of the most mainstream distros around actually IMO. It is like the tree of life for just about all Apt/deb based distros.

Debian = Ubuntu = Mint - Minus a few tweaks per the wishes of the dev team tweaking it and a few repo changes.

The most non-mainstream things out in the Linux world.

http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/

For easier and nonhardcore releases. Look at the package managers. Rule out deb, and rpm, then you can narrow it down a lot.
 

pdbogen

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Linux From Scratch is good if you want to learn about the internals of a Linux distribution.

We use FreeBSD at work for a lot of stuff- it's great, but I wouldn't use it for a desktop dsitribution. I understand it's possibly but very difficult, for instance, to get X working.

I personally use Debian.