[linux] Fun with Ubuntu
dougmc at u.washington.edu
Mon Mar 7 17:41:33 PST 2005
Just kidding. ANyhow, I understand your grievances. One thing that
really did intrigue me about Gentoo is the fact that, provided it works,
you will have a VERY optomized machine, and I am really eager to see
what an AMD64 is capable of doing (at least in theory).
Still, the guy at work who uses Gentoo on a G4 has had apparently very
pleasant results. I am not sure if that reflects the norm (maybe not),
but I guess if you're willing to put in the time, it could be really cool.
The only big steamy pile of poo out there in my opinion is WIndows 98. ;)
peter woodman wrote:
> this is flamebait, but gentoo is a big steamy pile of poo as far as i'm
> concerned. it's not practical to use unless you have endless amounts of
> time (i.e. you're still in high school or something and don't play
> sports). it's a from-scratch distribution that takes most of the
> learning out of from-scratch. oh, and portage gets broken fairly
> frequently (for one weekend, X was broken. boy, was that fun).
> i don't think it's worth your time...
> On Mar 7, 2005, at 5:16 PM, Doug McLean wrote:
>> Hey all,
>> Not to fill up your INBOXes (too late), but I decided on a whim this
>> weekend to take off Fedora Core 3 on my home computer, and put
>> something else on.
>> I remember way back when I was asking for suggestions on a good distro
>> for this computer (it is an Athlon64 with an MSI mobo) and heard some
>> really good suggestions including Gentoo and Ubuntu.
>> So I had lots of fun downloading ISOs from my ultra-slow DSL
>> connection (I got downgraded recently because I was "too far
>> downstream from their network") and then installing them.
>> Out of all the ones I tried, I was really impressed with Ubuntu. It
>> was really solid, and fairly easy to install (it had the Debian-ish
>> style install, but took a lot of guess-work out of it).
>> What really impressed me was that it worked so well out of the box. I
>> actually didn't have to configure anything. It detected my screwy
>> sound card (AC'97) and for the first time I could listen to CDs and
>> such. I couldn't do so on Fedora.
>> Also, I haven't used Gnome since RedHat 7.0 and since Ubuntu is
>> Gnome-only, I was unsure at first if I would like that. However,
>> Gnome has really matured into a nice WM that is pretty solid, and at
>> the same time, nicely uncluttered.
>> Best of all, Ubuntu, being a descendant of Debian, has the
>> ever-so-nice apt toolset.
>> Incidentally, I really wanted to try Gentoo, but I had trouble getting
>> past step 1 "Preparing the Media", so I wasn't able to even get a
>> chance to install it. :( I would like to have spent more time on it,
>> but the Ms. wanted to hurry up and use the Internet, so I had to try
>> something else.
>> Once I get some time, I will give Gentoo another go. There are folks
>> here at work who love it and swear by it. Apparently it runs nicely
>> Mac G4s. :)
>> Anyhow, big thanks to whoever recommended Ubuntu to me before. :) It
>> was definitely a good choice. I won't go back to Fedora anytime soon.
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