Re: Reformatting/upgrading my distro...
From: MikeyD (m_donaghy50_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 21:44:42 +0000
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> 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). Plus, it just feels nice to sometimes
> wipe it all and start over.
cool. Of course, I don't have any dependencies. You can just install things
> 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.
I use and like slackware.
Pros: standards compliant, once you know slack you can use any linux.
Includes kde and gnome along with about 15 other window managers, so you
can use anything you like. Very stable, famously so, whilst still being
fairly up-to-date. No dependencies. Stock kernel, packages are kept stock
as the people who wrote them made them, little customisation, so all the
libraries are in the right places, the version numbers are the same as the
actual versions etc. which makes the system a helluva lot easier to
Cons: needs a bit of manual configuration (not too much, but you will need
to know the model number of your printer, and maybe your sound card too,
unlike with say knoppix), curses-based rather than wizard install which
although just as functional doesn't look very nice. Less places have
slackware binary packages so you end up either using rpm --nodeps (rpm is
included, but not supported) or compiling from source. The lack of
customisation means some features are lacking like packet reading cd
support which deletes the firmware on some cd drives.
> I use it as a desktop machine... I do my email, browsing, and various
> network stuff from it. 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). Small games are also
> installed (nethack, Maelstrom), but that's not a focus as I have another
> machine running the *other* OS for playing games.
Slack's suitable for anything, which is it's main strength. It's the oldest
distro around and the closest thing there is to a canonical linux operating
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