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Old 18th May 2008
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FreeBSD, Gentoo, Slackware, and other "power" distributions of BSD and Linux seem hard because of what the minimal setup they leave you with on a fresh install. The only exception is Slackware, which is difficult because of the manual dependency resolution, but in my opinion, it's not hard at all. You should use something that you feel comfortable and that is properly maintained. I've been using Gentoo Linux for two years along with FreeBSD, and I'm not going on three. Gentoo is probably one of the most poorly maintained distros. Not to mention that the USE flags system is falling apart. Right now, I'm putting FreeBSD on my Dell Optiplex and will be migrating my main desktop to Debian or Slackware. I've used both extensively, and they are rock-solid stable. Anyway, I suggest you try out FreeBSD. It isn't hard to use, once you learn a bit about it, and the FreeBSD Handbook is an amazing resource for that.
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