OT: "Best" Linux Distro?
Gordon JC Pearce
gordonjcp at gjcp.net
Sat Dec 3 04:48:05 CST 2005
Chuck Guzis wrote:
> I've had Linux in one form or the other since the very early release days
> (0.something). I've never found it for use as a desktop system (especially
> GUI) particularly compelling. I think many folks secretly hold the same
> opinion, else why the rise of products like Wine? And there are some areas
> where it really is deficient--multimedia for example. Specialized apps are
> another area--I've never found a really good WYSIWYG musical notation
> editor for Linux.
Rosegarden is pretty good. If you're serious about computer-produced
notation you'd use Lilypond though. From what I've seen of Rosegarden
(I use hardware sequencers rather than stuff on the PC) it can export
Lilypond source files.
> As far as distros go, I started with Slackware, but have been using RH for
> some time, simply because I've been using RH for some time.. It really
> doesn't matter all that much--RH does tend to be very spotty in its
> releases--you can often find some very old release of a package in their
> distros--and they have the RH way of doing things. Debian isn't bad but
> can get to be very confusing and verbose during installation--and help in
> making choices is often difficult to find. I've also tried SuSE and it's
> pretty good.
I'm starting to get a bit - not annoyed, exactly, not disillusioned, but
something - annoyed with Slackware recently. At least it's nice and
easy to install.
> But mostly, I want to install the blasted thing and be done with it.
You want NetBSD for that.
> Others have observed the bloat in Linux and I agree. I started running it
> on an 8MB 386 and it was pretty snappy. I don't think that feat could be
> reproduced with any of the current distros.
You *definitely* want NetBSD for that.
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