- From: floyd@xxxxxxxxxx (Floyd L. Davidson)
- Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 03:35:58 -0900
"Gary H. Thompson" <garythomak@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
that old, only 56). The best platform now seems to be Linux so now since I....
Could someone steer me in the right direction as to where to start? I spent
most of my career in the telephone industry in a 'bush' area of Alaska so
That does rings bells here... ;-)
I understand what a broad scope I am asking about so would appreciate any
tips to help me get started. Since there are many 'brands' of Linux what is
the best one to start with? Which Linux will be better when I get to the
point of working with Asterisk? Any tips or ideas on books, online tutors,
discussions or anything of this nature would be much appreciated.
Linux is a unix kernel. Various distributions add supporting
software and administrative tools (and thus a particular
"flavor") on top of the kernel, and hence there are Linux
distributions aimed at any number of different targets. Some of
them try to outdo MicroSoft or Apple, some don't. Some seek to
appeal to "enterprise" managers, some don't.
If you like things like a drop and drag desktop environment,
look at the Linux distributions that are competing with
MicroSoft and Apple. If you like getting down to the nitty
gritty, where *you* get your hands on what makes it tick, avoid
those same distributions. (They all add far too many levels of
abstraction, each of which you have to dig through to get at
anything you want to work on directly.)
I'm not really familiar with many examples of the different
types. RedHat and Novell (SuSe) try to appeal to corporations,
offering distributions that appeal to "enterprise" level needs.
Ubuntu and a raft of others apparently compete well for the
individual desktop user who is *not* interested in systems
administration of a unix box for the sake of learning unix.
I use Slackware. I do not use KDE or GNOME and cannot imagine
wasting computer resources on that style of desktop manager,
because it would be far too confining for what I do with a
computer. I use an highly customized FVWM window manager. If
you want to work with the nitty gritty of unix systems
administration, Slackware is unbeatable. Your choice of window
managers depends on what you like...
None of that actually relates to telephone software though,
which probably would be equally at home on any Linux
distribution (but you'll want to verify that to be positive).
I hope to add to this group if I can be any assistance from the 'other side',
the PSTN network.
These days that is all located within the "cloud", and labled
"FM". The telecom newsgroups don't get much traffic anymore...
Floyd L. Davidson <http://www.apaflo.com/floyd_davidson>
Ukpeagvik (Barrow, Alaska) floyd@xxxxxxxxxx
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