[ale] linux recommendations
esoteric at 3times25.net
Thu Dec 23 22:53:26 EST 2004
James Sumners wrote:
> If you read the welcome message at the boot prompt it tells you that
> you can press F1 through F5(?) for additional options. That is where
> it tells you about the other boot images on the CD. All you need to
> install Debian is the first CD; the other six CDs are just extra
> software that you might use some day.
> You really have to decide what the machine is to be used for before
> calling it stale.
I would say that when your stable kernel is two series behind everyone
else's it's stale. We'll just have to agree to disagree.
> Debian is a different beast than the hand holding distros like SuSE
> or Red Hat. I think that if you give it time and really learn how the
> Debian system works you won't turn back. You do have to read though.
I don't see SuSE or Red Hat as hand holding. That would be Linspire,
Xandros and such. SuSE, Mandrake and Red Hat are a lot more polished
than Debian. But you can get to the more geeky stuff. I kinda like the
fact that it figures out my network card driver.
There is a reason the kernel is at 2.6 right now. I just can't see
running one or two kernel series back. For example, you have support
for prism54 wireless cards in the 2.6 kernel. There are a number of
efficiencies built into the newer kernels. I just don't see going that
route. I wouldn't be able to run GIMP 2.0, much less 2.2. There's all
kinds of things that I use now, that would either be painful to get
working (prism54) or not work at all (GIMP 2.0).
Until later, Geoffrey
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