[No Troll Plz ] Re: the 'which distro' question

C M Reinehr cmr
Fri Mar 2 07:19:04 PST 2007

On Friday 02 March 2007 08:50, Tony Alfrey wrote:
> Ouattara Oumar Aziz wrote:
> > Tony Alfrey a ?crit :
> >> 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?
> >
> > My, my ! :)
> >
> > As you made your own reasonning, I suggest that people don't come back
> > on the distro you've already eliminated so that this won't be a Troll (
> > For my own I love Ubuntu but you had your reason to not choose it) .
> Thanks for your comments, but try to calm down a bit.  I simply pointed out
> a)  that I'm more familiar with rpm packages
> b)  I have apps to run that are rpm-based
> c)  the SuSE list has lots of examples of problems with 10.2
> > As a rpm based distro I can suggest you Mandriva http://www.mandriva.com/
> Thanks, I'll check that out.

I don't think Quattara was over excited. Just suggesting that we don't waste 
bandwidth touting distributions that you had already eliminated from 

However, based upon your comments, I will do just that and suggest you 
reconsider Debian (Ubuntu or just plain Debian). A couple of quick pros & 
1) You'll find just about any package you could imagine available in a Debian 
2) If you won't face the constant need to upgrade or reinstall that you would 
with Fedora Core.

That being said, you will be required to learn a new (read Debian) way of 
doing things, but once you traverse the learning curve you'll find it very 
easy to use. If you choose the stable (currently Sarge, but soon to be Etch) 
distribution, you will have very little upgrading to do, just security 
updates. If you choose the testing (currently Etch) there will be a lot more 
updates, but for the most part they are easy to perform and the package 
versions will be more current.

Finally, distribution upgrades are infrequent and relatively painless.


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