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Re: OT: Linux
On Thu, 17 Mar 2005 13:31:45 -0300, Jerry
I would definetely recomment FreeBSD over Linux. It is not difficult to
use and especially to install.
I used to use Linux at the University and I have used Gentoo Linux for a
year, then I moved to FreeBSD. It fits me better, but if you want to use
Linux, I would recommend maybe:
- Xandros (free and paid) if you're not technical
- Mandrake (free) if you're not technical
- Gentoo (free) if you're a nerd and like speed, optimization, and the
FreeBSD for of dealing with packages and port.
I would recommend seeing the linux newsgroups: alt.linux, alt.comp.linux,
and the Gentoo newsgroup as well if you choose Gentoo.
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Re: OT: Linux
That is really going to depend on your personal preferences, If the success
of the glitter-linux is any indication of mindsets... most people don't
share my tastes.
A.) Your own. (*very* Time consuming)
B.) Slackware. (nice, simple, easy.)
I feel the very best linux distribution is one where you download each
individual source package, compile & install yourself. That is the best. It
will also take about a month to "install" just the basics.
Failing that, (and anyhow, you'll still want some distribution to build it on)
the barest distribution you can get your hands on that still has the basic
features you need. (kernel, X11, shells, basic networking tools, etc..) You can
always go out and install features you want later on. Don't be seduced by
distributions on 18 CDROM's, most of that stuff is available online anyway.
I don't like a distribution that doesn't know it's place.
I like slackware. I've got debian and it is too glitsy with all kinds of
useless crap that makes the system break so you have to go behind and deal with
it garbage. Plus, debian seems kind of slow to release stuff, so, you have
to install libraries yourself anyway which isn't a problem until you try
to install something else with it's package tool which barks about libraries
it thinks it needs.
I hate dependancy checking in packages.
I just can't say enough terrible things about the RedHat / Suse / Mandrake
varieties :-P. but others, who have different tastes, think they are wonderful.
(I've been told RedHat pulled "Midnight Commander" out of the default install,
that figures... the one useful user interface... grumble grumble..)
The reason I can't stand them is that they have a lot of setup tools and
an insane /etc/rc.d/ subsystem which really makes a tangled mess of shell
scripts, symlinks and crud that automatically sets stuff up and sets you
up for frustration later on.
Normally, when everything is working as planned, these auto-tangle tools are
great. When things don't work as planned, it's such a pain to trace through it
all that I end up ripping chunks out and doing my own init scripts. It's so
much easier to just create/edit simple shell scripts yourself.
In a glitter-distribution, Linux is the boss and you're supposed to just go
along with it, kind of like Mac/Windows.
Ok enough bashing the other distributions.. At the end of the day, they're all
wonderful and we love them just for being UNIX. :-) (and anyhow, you can always
beat the glitter distrib with a little vi if they get insubordinate)
Slackware is good because for the most part, it'll stay out of your way
and just let you do what you want. Doesn't treat you like a dummy, it's
nice. (Not real keen on it's init either, personally)
Also, don't overlook other flavors of UNIX, thats the true beauty of Linux,
you're not locked in, much of the same software runs across multiple flavors.
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