[lug] distribution favorites?

Collins Richey crichey at gmail.com
Thu Nov 9 20:05:46 MST 2006

On 11/9/06, Daniel Webb <lists at danielwebb.us> wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 05, 2006 at 07:06:55PM -0700, Nate Duehr wrote:
> > I'm just an old Debian-head here, but all Linux's have their plusses and
> > minuses.  :-)
> Same here.  I like Debian stable.  The plus for Debian stable is that once you
> get it set up, you can go for a *long* time without fiddling.

You can probably say much the for most stable distros. I would very
much agree with your conclusion for a server that is going to remain
almost totally static, just serving content for years on end.

> Minuses are that you'll probably spend a lot more time on the front end
> getting everything working right.  I

Once again, you'll spend a lot of front end time getting everything
working right for any distribution.

For a desktop system I (and most other non-commercial users on the
planet) would prefer something a little less long in the tooth than
Debian stable. At work I support Engineers (embedded code developers)
who are still getting useful work done on ancient RH9 systems, but no
home user would want something that old.

 I'm just an old Ubuntu-head here <grin>.

For my relatively simple home environment, I'm into maximum delivery
for least effort. I spent 90% of my time in a browser including email
and the rest tinkering with PHP / MySQL / PostgreSQL development using
Apache. Ubuntu (my choice is Kubuntu) is very simple to set up,
up-to-date,  and rock-solid stable. Throw in excellent printer,
scanner, USB drives, camera, and nVidia  support and very responsive
user forums for good measure. The large repository of packages based
on Debian makes almost anything I want to try a no-brainer. I'm a
desktop user, but you have to work hard to find a laptop that doesn't
take to Ubuntu.

As an ex Gentoo user, I'm rapidly and happily forgetting most of what
I knew about building packages from source.

Whatever floats your boat.

Collins Richey
     If you fill your heart with regrets of yesterday and the worries
     of tomorrow, you have no today to be thankful for.

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