Standardizing the install-fest (WAS Re: Meeting Notes for 20030116)
merritt at u.washington.edu
Fri Jan 17 13:28:37 PST 2003
> > Much as I dislike it personally, I would recommend
> > using Mandrake, if we are indeed standardizing.
(Oops, they just declared bankrupcy).
Seriously - I really hope they pull through in the long term
because I think they have the best out-of-the-box distro going.
I've successfully installed from their downloadable CDs to machines
ranging from an old (see below) laptop to SMP multiprocessor
number crunchers at the lab.
On a slight tangent, though - has anyone else been having
problems with the massive set of KDE3 security updates that came
out a couple of days ago? Most of the machines they've been applied
to around here came out somewhat the worse for the experience.
> For functionality and compatibility I'd
> guess that'd mean OpenOffice, Mozilla, Evolution (although I prefer
> Mozilla Mail), and XMMS.
Evolution - What's that?,
check, though if we're talking about the packages in Mandrake 9,
Xine works better than xmms.
> > Why are RH and GUI evil? Just curious.
GUIs are fine if your machine has the oomph to support it.
If you're trying to eke out battery life on a 4 yr old 32MB laptop
during a plane flight, then working straight from a set of virtual
consoles looks a whole lot more reasonable.
Ethan A Merritt merritt at u.washington.edu
Biomolecular Structure Center Box 357742
University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195
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