POLL: Linux distro

Where Penguins and Daemons chill together in the warmth of the Sun.

Moderators: SecretSquirrel, notfred

Postposted on Tue Mar 05, 2002 12:58 am

I'm using Mandrake 8.1 on my primary "desktop" PC. I thought it was only for newbies until I tried it. It was then that I found out that Mandrake was better than Red Hat in every way. Up to that point I had been using Caldera for stability and NetWare compatibility.

I started with Slackware and kernel 1.0.8, and used it for quite a while. I used Caldera when the first public betas came out, and came to prefer it, especially after ISO images became available. I've kept up with Red Hat, with quite a few retail boxes to show for it. I haven't had the time to play with SuSE recently (I'm secretly pissed because the yellow-haired guy never comes to COMDEX anymore). I tried Debian, but never came to like it.

As for the "baby BSDs", I started with 386/BSD on an old AT&T server that I inhereted. I've done NetBSD on Alphas, OpenBSD on edge computers (before the RSA copyright expired), and FreeBSD on PCs for running sendmail. They're all OK, but Linux w/ GNU utilities has surpassed them all IMHO.
Speed
Gerbil Elite
 
Posts: 706
Joined: Thu Dec 27, 2001 7:00 pm
Location: Chicago, IL USA

Postposted on Tue Mar 05, 2002 8:14 am

On 2002-03-01 10:23, Bruce wrote:
Especially if you like remote holes!


O.K. -- any thoughts on what that might mean ?? :smile:
jglen490
Gerbil
 
Posts: 28
Joined: Tue Feb 26, 2002 7:00 pm
Location: A large, grey concrete structure

Postposted on Tue Mar 05, 2002 8:19 am

Mandrake is worse than Redhat in shipping with too much turned on. If you stick a default Mandrake 8.x install on the internet (not firewalled), I'd expect it to last ~24 hours un-rooted.

Bruce
Bruce
Gerbil Elite
 
Posts: 500
Joined: Thu Dec 27, 2001 7:00 pm
Location: New Zealand

Postposted on Tue Mar 05, 2002 9:34 am

I've always done a custom install, so I never see what the defaults are. But I suppose that explains why they try to talk you out of installing network services during the 8.1 install. All the more reason to consider Mandrake a power user distro! :smile:
Speed
Gerbil Elite
 
Posts: 706
Joined: Thu Dec 27, 2001 7:00 pm
Location: Chicago, IL USA

Postposted on Tue Mar 05, 2002 9:49 am

Funny, I've always thought of it as the other end of the spectrum (ie, a Linux-for-newbies distro).
Bruce
Gerbil Elite
 
Posts: 500
Joined: Thu Dec 27, 2001 7:00 pm
Location: New Zealand

Postposted on Tue Mar 05, 2002 9:58 am

That's what I thought too, but I was forced to change my mind after I actually used it. It's quite good IMHO. It also packages KDE just the way I like it.
Speed
Gerbil Elite
 
Posts: 706
Joined: Thu Dec 27, 2001 7:00 pm
Location: Chicago, IL USA

Postposted on Tue Mar 05, 2002 4:14 pm

Last time I saw Mandrake was ~ 2 years ago - I might have to cook some ISO's and have a gander, see how it's changed....
Bruce
Gerbil Elite
 
Posts: 500
Joined: Thu Dec 27, 2001 7:00 pm
Location: New Zealand

Postposted on Tue Mar 05, 2002 7:17 pm

Yes, do. A lot has changed over the last 2 years. There's a beta of 8.2 available, that has some new graphical admin tools.
Speed
Gerbil Elite
 
Posts: 706
Joined: Thu Dec 27, 2001 7:00 pm
Location: Chicago, IL USA

Postposted on Fri Mar 08, 2002 10:56 am

Dual Boot WinNT primary, SuSE 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 secondary. Installation gets easier each time. Still a little nervous using Linux.
Mr Bill
Gerbil XP
 
Posts: 426
Joined: Mon Jan 21, 2002 7:00 pm
Location: Colorado Western Slope

Postposted on Wed Mar 13, 2002 11:47 am

On 2002-03-05 07:19, Bruce wrote:
Mandrake is worse than Redhat in shipping with too much turned on. If you stick a default Mandrake 8.x install on the internet (not firewalled), I'd expect it to last ~24 hours un-rooted.

Bruce


You may be right, but I'm not forced to do that and haven't done that. There are users of the "MANLY" distros who have been whacked/rooted, also.

I use MDK 8.0 as my personal system on my old laptop. It runs well, it has all the flexibility of ANY Linux distro, and I can and do customize it to my hearts content.

Yes, if you take all the defaults on a "recommended" install, and make no corrections or compensations, you will have problems. That's why whenever I respond to a question about how to install Mandrake, I always suggest the "expert" install and to look at what is being installed. I'm not the world's great authority on Linux or Mandrake, but I do understand the consequences of a wide-open system -- based on ANY operating system.
jglen490
Gerbil
 
Posts: 28
Joined: Tue Feb 26, 2002 7:00 pm
Location: A large, grey concrete structure

Postposted on Wed Mar 13, 2002 12:50 pm

I just can't resist these poll thingies. Kind of lame for my first TR forum post, but hey..

I run Slack 8, upgraded with most of the packages in slack-current. I love the power that Slackware gives you (or, more accurately, forces you to take, hehe) over your system.

That said, I'm sort of an infidel in the Church of Slack in that I tested Mandrake 8.2beta2 recently and was very impressed. I'd consider using it (well, when it's out of beta) in the future.

There's something to be said for having a highly useable, attractive and relatively complete X setup right off the CD.

I don't need no stinkin' GUI config tools, though! :wink:

<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: pellmell on 2002-03-13 11:56 ]</font>
pellmell
Gerbil
 
Posts: 19
Joined: Tue Mar 12, 2002 7:00 pm
Location: push down & turn

Postposted on Thu Mar 14, 2002 6:20 pm

I currently have one of my extra computers running the Lindows Beta. I like it, nice GUI especially for a Windows junkie like me :smile:
0oALio0
Gerbil XP
 
Posts: 448
Joined: Sat Feb 23, 2002 7:00 pm
Location: Back east

Postposted on Fri Mar 15, 2002 2:07 am

0oALio0, you're going to hell. :smile:
You are false data.
Speed
Gerbil Elite
 
Posts: 706
Joined: Thu Dec 27, 2001 7:00 pm
Location: Chicago, IL USA

Postposted on Mon Mar 25, 2002 3:06 pm

Slackware 8. It rocks :smile:.

<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: geogeek on 2002-03-25 14:06 ]</font>
geogeek
Gerbil In Training
 
Posts: 5
Joined: Sun Mar 24, 2002 7:00 pm

Postposted on Tue Mar 26, 2002 10:38 am

I user Red Hat right now, but I'm thinking of giving SuSE a try.
Blackthorn
Gerbil
 
Posts: 10
Joined: Mon Mar 25, 2002 7:00 pm
Location: The Outer Planes

Postposted on Tue Mar 26, 2002 11:44 am

Not a Linux distro, but I run FreeBSD 4.5 on one of my computers. :smile:
flypsyde
Gerbil In Training
 
Posts: 7
Joined: Mon Mar 25, 2002 7:00 pm

Postposted on Sat Apr 13, 2002 1:43 am

Running Red Hat 7.2 at home and work. At work we also have some Solaris 8 and some FreeBSD. Sun Blade 100's with the high end graphics cards are sweet!
Red 6
Gerbil
 
Posts: 29
Joined: Fri Dec 28, 2001 7:00 pm
Location: SF Bay Area

Previous

Return to Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests