distro shopping

Janina Sajka janina at rednote.net
Fri Nov 7 13:22:38 EST 2003

I don't understand the part about losing your distro.

Just because they've changed their name and come up with a new strategy
about development ... How is that "losing your distro?"

It's really the same old Red Hat. I know. I'm running it.

Not that there's anything wrong with other distros. I happen also to run
Debian and am going to take a look at Suse.

But Fedora Core is still the same as what you knew by the name of Red
Hat. And, it's now going to be the Speakup Modified Fedora Core for the
same reason.

awesome-dave1 at juno.com writes:
> From: awesome-dave1 at juno.com
> Hello,
>     Due to the fact that i'm loosing my distro, rh9, that i've used since
> the 6.1 days, i'm out distro shopping. A user suggested i check out
> Debian, another suggested Slackware.
> Now before i continue let me say that starting a distro flame war is not
> what this posting is about. I am looking for practical and objective user
> experiences and comparisons between the distros so i can make a choice as
> to which one will most effectively fofill the role i'm going to put it
> in, again no flaming please.
> In terms of distributions as i've said i've used redhat since the 6.1
> days, i'm not to impressed with fedora from what i've seen thus far and
> yes i did eval it, i'm also not satisfied with the fact that there will
> be no guarantee of compatibility between fedora versions. Finally, i am
> very angry at comments i read on the net that the rh CEO made in
> referenct to home linux users, so that's my reasons on that.
> 	Suse and Mandrake, i've not been able to get either of them to install,
> i believe they both use rpm so that would make migration easier for me.
> But from what i've read they're both heavily graphical both during
> install and post install configuration, i'm not much in to that, i have
> specific requirements, see below. So, at the moment those distros are not
> on the front burner, I don't rule them out, but unless someone can offer
> some major help in making them work i probably won't go with either.
> 	Slackware i've used previously, but it was more in the 3.4/4.0/7.0 days,
> i haven't messed with it in quite some time and what i did do was more
> fun than actual task oriented stuff, so that one is an option.
> 	Debian i've never used, i've however downloaded all 7 of the 3.0r1
> rom's, in case i am able to get that one going.
> I've got a box to put the distros on, for evaluation purposes, a 400 mhz
> p2 machine with 192 mb of ram. I do
> have some special requirements however, the first is that installation
> over
> a serial port be possible or some form of unattended installation, as
> this
> box does not have a monitor on it and getting one for it is not
> practical. One thing i like about redhat is that i could install via
> network telnet that was quite nice, as was the fact that i could point
> the installer at an nfs server and as long as that server had the isos on
> it, the install was fast and very easy, this would be a great feature if
> another distro had. I
> don't need a GUI, I'm going to be using this for local/network
> printserving.
> I'd like to use cups for this, so i'd like a distro that has cups as it's
> default spooler, for i've found that replacing a default spooling system
> leads to weird compatibility issues. My printer is an hp5550, and i'd
> like to use
> samba to share it among the network. If anyone can help with any of this
> please let me know.
> 	The above observations on the various distributions are my opinions
> alone, and i obtained them via research in to the various distros. Again,
> no flames please.
> Thanks.
> Dave.
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Janina Sajka
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Phone: (202) 408-8175

Director, Technology Research and Development
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

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