Standardizing the install-fest (WAS Re: Meeting Notes for 20030116)
trav at u.washington.edu
Fri Jan 17 13:04:12 PST 2003
Answering two e-mails:
> You do realize, don't you, that you are about to touch
> off a distribution war?
I know... there is probably no single solution that 100% will be happy
with, so the target will be reaching 90% who say they can "live with it"
I guess. Whatever gets chosen, I think a very important factor is that
it works (without tweaking) on a broad range of hardware.
> Much as I dislike it personally, I would recommend
> using Mandrake, if we are indeed standardizing.
Yes. While personally I really like RedHat 8, the fact that it doesn't
provide a working MP3 player out of the box nixes it. Probably your
average college student will at minimum want office applications, a Web
browser, E-mail, and of course an MP3 player (not necessarilly in that
order). For functionality and compatibility I'd guess that'd mean
OpenOffice, Mozilla, Evolution (although I prefer Mozilla Mail), and XMMS.
> Why are RH and GUI evil? Just curious.
You'd have to ask the people who think that way - and I have met them,
so I know they're out there. :-) But I don't feel that way.
I really like RedHat, and I think a GUI is great. But more importantly,
I doubt any newbie will even try to use an OS that doesn't have a GUI
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