OT: "Best" Linux Distro?
zmerch at 30below.com
Wed Dec 7 10:36:22 CST 2005
Rumor has it that Jules Richardson may have mentioned these words:
>It's a lot of work to not install bloat, though. Packages for all modern
>Linux distros tend to be very coarse grain and you get lots of junk that
>you don't need.
Yup, you *cannot* install Redhat or SuSE without installing X and then KDE
or Gnome (or both), and some things in Gnome are also crosscompiled w/KDE
libs, so it pretty much gets installed anyway.
And paring things down sometimes breaks things, too; I have a webserver
that went unstable when I klobbered a metric buttload of unnecessary (or so
I thought) RPMs... Ungh. What a PITA.
>(I'm curious now as to what a "wallet management tool" is... my wallet's
>in my pocket - what on earth about it needs managing on my computer? :)
It's for managing online passwords & account information.
>Comments on how well OSX handles this would be welcome.
Can't comment on that yet, still don't have much time to diddle with my new
(to me) iMac w/Linux & OSX on it.
>I suspect the Linux lot missed a trick about 5 years ago and should have
>designed and built a desktop environment up from scratch rather than just
>lifting concepts from Windows.
Pffft. Lifting concepts from Windows? You couldn't be further from the
truth on that one. Every WM I ever used had multiple desktops, OSX just got
'em, and Winders has yet to have that.
Oh, and there's Afterstep, FVWM (my favorite, and ontopic, it's ancient!
;-) and for minimalistic sake, TWM... It's just that when most people can't
double-click on an MP3 file to make sound come out, they think said WM
sucks & get lazy. :-/
>>p.s. I typically go around using console mode for at least a couple of
>>hours everyday. Console mode with framebuffer at 1024x768 is great!!
>Heh. A graphical email client just works better for me,
Text would work fine for me if I had time to convert my 7 *years* of Eudora
filters over to Mutt... Not exactly high on my priority list...
> and I couldn't do image editing without a desktop
I thought there was inroads to making the Gimp work directly on the
framebuffer... but that thought might've been a side effect of having too
much blood in my alcohol system... ;-)
> or a graphical web browser,
links -g www.google.com. Works with DirectFB and the SDL library. It looks
pretty darned good, and doesn't need X whatsoever. (I also have lynx for
text-only browsing when one needs to highlight text, because when the
graphical links browser takes over the mouse, you can't highlight text
> but other than that I tend to just have five or six shell windows open
> for doing most things.
I have the Sun font compiled into the kernel on all my Linux boxen, because
it's just so durned freakin' kewl -- fell in love with that font on the
first Sun I ever saw, back in '89.
Anyone know of a Sun font I could use for terminal windows in X? That's the
biggest thing I miss of all... ;-)
Roger "Merch" Merchberger
Roger "Merch" Merchberger | "Bugs of a feather flock together."
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