Distro inferno

November 13, 2005 at 10:10 pm Leave a comment

I spent a lot of the weekend looking at Linux LiveCD distributions on my laptop– burning, booting, and trying to get them up and running without actually going to the bother of reading documentation.

I am such a newbie at this, and it’s all really a waste of time, since my job requires at least one proprietary piece of Windows-based software that is not likely to be ported to Linux any time soon. But I do like to tinker.

What I have learned:

  • DistroWatch.com is really a fabulous discovery, and I can tell I’m going to be wasting a lot more time here.
  • Gentoo 2005.1: Way too cool for me. You have to know what you are doing and actually build this baby to install it. You can almost smell the balsa wood and airplane glue coming off these folks (does that date me?).
  • SimplyMEPIS 3.3.1: I really liked this one, and was able to get everything up and running pretty fast. Biggest peeve: I can’t get the little weather icon in the launchbar to display in Celsius. (Canadian Whiner!) I’ll be back.
  • Mandrivia Discovery 2006: Couldn’t figure this one out at all, and kept getting booted into the shell. I must be missing something.
  • Linspire Live 5.0.69: Quite lovely, and so easy it seemed like cheating. Extra software like Lphoto and Lsongs (based on guess what?) are nice features. It looks like it would be expensive to actually install Linspire, but it’s a nice place to visit.
  • Ubuntu 5.10: Ubuntu uses Gnome instead of KDE as a graphical interface (I probably have my terminology all wrong here), and I prefer it. KDE is a bit too cheerful and friendly for my taste; and all those ‘K’ words. Konsole? Spare me.
  • Kanotix 2005-03: This one came highly recommended by DistroWatch, but on first glance, I don’t think I see the appeal. I’m going to have to give it another look.

Entry filed under: Linux.

My ears are bleeding!

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