I want a UNIX. I want a simple, mostly CLI system to use for writing stuff with LaTeX, surfing the web, doing e-mail and usenet, and playing with Python.
And, if at all possible, with a Fortran dev ability.
No bloat. No BS.
What should I do?
SLACK. Honestly they will all do what you want. You can install as much or as little as you want in both Slack and Debian, never used *BSD but I'd assume its the same. And as far as I know Slack has got Fortran support if you want it.
Slack or Debian!
I would say slack or openbsd
[me=Lovechild]sounds like a scratched record[/me]
Also FreeBSD 5.0 looks nice - I couldn't get GNOME2.2.1 installed on it but that's the danger of running -current I think.
[quote author=Ashcrow link=board=7;threadid=6856;start=0#64008 date=1050713378]
Just spent some time looking over the website, and my, does OpenBSD look good. Maybe just the thing I am looking for. I'll have to spend some more time reading the man pages and other docs in the site.
So, Ashcrow, what specifically do you like about OpenBSD?
On my tower system, I have Slackware 8.0, Debian 3.0 and Freebsd 4.7 installed and they all are great distros.
[quote author=GhostDawg link=board=7;threadid=6856;start=0#64319 date=1051407343]
... Freebsd 4.7 ... all are great distros.
FreeBSD is not a GNU/Linux distribution. Also BSD is probably as close as you will get to UN*X, without plunking down some major dough.
Ghost D. your sentence included two GNU/Linux distros, which lead me to believe that you were lumping in FreeBSD as one too. While most of the users here might know the difference, I pointed that out for the unintiated. It was not meant as a flame I appologize if you took it as such.