the 'which distro' question

Vu Pham vu
Mon Mar 5 09:09:51 PST 2007

On Sun, 2007-03-04 at 09:53 -0700, Collins Richey wrote:
> On 3/4/07, Tony Alfrey <tonyalfrey at> wrote:
> > At this point I think I'll most likely install a debian thing and an rpm
> > thing and see if I can get the apps for which I use linux to run
> > dependably.
> >
> As always in Linux land, you try it, you like it. You don't like it
> you move on to something else.
> I've tried dozens over the years. My needs are free and easy. If it
> costs money, fugeddaboutit. If it ain't easy to get my loved ones
> going (Firefox with complete mplayer support - yes that includes the
> evil codecs -, Apache, PHP, MySQL and Postgres, build from source
> support and associated libraries, and just now wireless support),
> fugeddaboutit.
> At this point, every time I try something other than Ubuntu, I find
> that something isn't easy, so laziness wins out.
> Unfortunately I have one additional requirement at this point - to get
> sound working on my Thinkpad R51, and thus far none of the usual
> suspects seem to be up to the task.

I know we all talked about the "favorite distro". I just want to add to
this thread my Linux usage. Was from Caldera Desktop just like everyone
here until it died. Then I use Redhat and Solaris x86, mostly for
servers  and I did not really need a Linux desktop because  I thought
Windows is the best OS for GUI although its stability and security is
terrible. About a year ago, I had to use some Jave IDEs ( Sun Creator
and JDeveloper ) and it was  when the Windows desktop shows its
performance is *really really* bad although its GUI is still nice. Then
I had to choose some distro. Ubuntu at that time had problem with Sun
Creator for 64-bit kernel so I chose OpenSuse. ( 9 that time ? )

There have been some problems since I use Suse but, to me, they are just
too little in compare to what I have after switching to a desktop
version of Linux.

And today all my work and home desktops are OpenSuse. My only complain
is Oracle does not have OpenSuse in its OS list, so I still have to use
Redhat for some servers.


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