shadoi at nanovoid.com
Sun Sep 3 22:03:10 MDT 2006
Hans Fugal wrote:
> On Sun, 3 Sep 2006 at 19:52 -0600, Brian Beardall wrote:
>> Gentoo is very flexible, and I like it for it's flexibility, and that is
>> why I use it. However if someone just wants something up and running
>> with the necessary software I usually recommend Ubuntu. I find Ubuntu
>> quite appealing. I bet an Ubuntu install could be stripped down, but the
>> user would need to have the skills.
> No real point in stripping down Ubuntu. If you want stripped down, just
> start with Debian since that's basically what you'd get if you stripped
> down Ubuntu.
> He thought he wanted Debian, but had issues with unstable.
I think he tried mixing Stable + Unstable, which is just asking for
trouble, even though with some care and planning you can use
/etc/apt/preferences to do this. If you have to do this with more than
1 or 2 packages it starts to become a mess. Personally I use unstable
on all of my own systems, I haven't any any major issues for over 6
years. I run a server that hosts lots of projects and it runs testing.
Perhaps the best reason for Debian that I've found is 'apt-get
dist-upgrade' you can usually go from stable -> testing -> unstable ->
experimental (if you're a little daring) without any major headaches,
live, without a reboot (other than for kernels).
> However it sounds like Slackware fits his style, so he's all set.
Not a bad choice, lately it's been (re)catching up. But it does seem to
depend a lot on one person, maybe that's just a perception issue though...
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