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Re: Why I choose Mandriva

On Fri, 28 Nov 2008 09:39:07 +0000, Gregory Shearman wrote:

> On 2008-11-28, Terry Porter <linux-2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Thu, 27 Nov 2008 19:26:29 -0500, Sandeep Kumar wrote:
>>> I don't disagree with you on your statements, but I wouldn't go as far
>>> as to say an expert.
>>> That would be Gentoo or Linux from scratch.
>> I don't know about LFS, but this is a Gentoo quad core workstation:-
>> tp@gronk1 ~ $ uname -a
>> Linux gronk1 2.6.23-gentoo-r8 #1 SMP PREEMPT Sat Jun 7 01:24:52 EST
>> 2008 i686 Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz GenuineIntel
>> GNU/Linux
> You are running an old kernel on that workhorse.

Yeah, but it's a production box, I'll upgrade the kernel when there is a 
feature I can't live without.

This Linux box processes WiFi orders every day, designs networks and 
draws them, it is used to write crappy Perl code and do 100 other tasks.

>>> The biggest problem a noob will have with Slack is figuring out what
>>> the packages do and which ones are the ones worth installing etc.
>> Compared to Gentoo Portage, all the Slackware package managers suck.
> Don't know much about slackware.

I like Slackware, simple and unhelpful, perfect for a server.

> Gentoo Portage is brilliant.

I'ts bloody good, and improving all the time.

I keep trying to go to Slackware with pkgSRC (Draco Linux), but don't 
have the time for all the set up. It's running on KVM/Qemu on this box, 
and I'm really impressed with it.

>> I find that most Linux Distros are usually easy to install and hard to
>> admin, or the reverse, with the exception of Debian, which is pretty
>> easy to install and admin.
> Gentoo is a breeze to admin and I find it easy to install (if rather
> time consuming).

Agreed, the install is dead easy, just takes time. I know the process off 
by heart now.

If we wish to reduce our ignorance, there are people we will
indeed listen to.  Trolls are not among those people, as trolls, more or
less by definition, *promote* ignorance.
          Kelsey Bjarnason, C.O.L.A. 2008

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