Re: Reformatting/upgrading my distro...
From: Sybren Stüvel (sybrenUSE_at_YOURthirdtower.imagination.com)
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 09:40:13 +0100
On Tue, 09 Dec 2003 19:04:18 -0800, SnowWolf wrote:
> Right now I'm using Mandrake 8.2, but my install is old enough that
> installing programs via rpm is approaching impossible (catch-22 with
> program/library dependencies).
Yep, that's a well-known problem of RPM-based distros (expecting flamewar
here - yes I know about urpmi and stuff.)
> Plus, it just feels nice to sometimes wipe it all and start over.
> The current distros I'm entertaining (in my head) are Mandrake (or
> possibly RedHat/Fedroa), FreeBSD, or Debian. If you want to suggest
> another, please make sure to give its merits and problems.
Gentoo is very good, my favorite at the moment. It has a very nice package
management system called "Portage". The stable branch of Gentoo is rock
solid, and it contains really new software. The Gentoo folks are also very
rapid in patching security leaks. One of the major advantages of Gentoo is
that you compile everything from source! No hassling with untarring and
configuring and all, that's what Portage does for you. The upside is that
all software is optimized for your CPU, and everything is linked to the
right libraries. The downside is that installing it takes quite a while,
since everything has to be compiled.
> I use X alot (in particular, Fvwm manager) and with the upgrade I would
> like to be able to play movies (Matrox G400, but never managed to get
> movie playing to work).
On Gentoo that's just a matter of "emerge mplayer" and you're as good as
-- (o_ Q: God, root, what is difference? //\ A: God can change the byte order on the CPU, root can't. V_/_