the 'which distro' question

Tony Alfrey tonyalfrey
Fri Mar 2 06:53:01 PST 2007

Tim Wunder wrote:
> On Friday 02 March 2007 6:28:34 am Tony Alfrey wrote:
>> So I'm getting a new box like everyone tells me to do and now I'm trying
>> to figure out what to put on it.  I'm an rpm kinda guy in that in the
>> past I've used rpm from a terminal to install most stuff because I don't
>> trust a lot of these installer things like YAST.  And most of my older
>> apps that I want to run on my new box are rpm things.  So it occurs to
>> me that things like kubuntu that are based on debian require debian
>> packages, not rpms?  And there seems to be a lot of grief of one sort or
>> another with SuSE 10.2, so am I left with something like Fedora?
> The only issue I have with Fedora is the pace of change. It seems that no 
> sooner do I go to update to "the latest" when lo and behold, 
> there's /another/ release. That said, it's easy to find software for Fedora,

That's good.

> and when you can't find pre-packaged RPMs, compiling from someone else's SRPM 
> is usually pretty easy.
> So if you don't mind the update roller coaster that staying current on Fedora 
> brings you, I'd recommend it. 

But why would I need to actually "stay current" if when I load the whole 
thing up, it works?

> But, if you want something that doesn't change 
> as much, perhaps something like CentOS (or one of the other RHEL clones) 
> would suit you.
> Regards, 
> Tim


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