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Barnac1e's best tested distros #1: Aptosid "ponos"

Posted 04-11-2012 at 07:41 PM by barnac1e
Updated 04-11-2012 at 07:43 PM by barnac1e

Well, here for my first post to my blog on LQ, I am going to review (in brief) what I consider to be one of the best Linux Distros that I have tested to date. And I have tested many of them from recent history.

Aptosid "ponos"

When I first came across this distribution, I will admit it looked sharp and desktop graphics probably grabbed me subconsiciously. Upon downloading the smaller KDE mini version, I soon found myself wanting to see the XFCE and finally the KDE "Full" DVD. So I have indeed tested all of these out and they all compare in a very similar fashion: excellent!

This actually was one of my first Debian distros to toy with, the casual newbie I was I did not understand Debian and the releases at this point in time. One thing that struck me though was the installation method. It really is simplistic but it was different enough to slow my pace down and pay attention to detail. One slight typo or a wrong button ticked causes it to fail.

Rather than persistently trying to download it just any ole fashion, I looked into the distributions manual. People, I tell you I've never seen a better how-to manual than Aptosid's. They seem to cover everything and anything you might encounter not just in installation but also in administration and front-end user experiences. You can tell a lot of time and talent has gone into this distribution from the manual itself. Even the IRC support is super reliable, helpful and friendly. The first I've experienced personally.

I actually took a time out briefly from the installer, and on the side started researching Debian more and more and finally practiced installing Debian to become better with LVMs and text based installations, network installs and businesscard installers. After a month or so of pure Debian obsession (both trials and tribulations), I went back to Aptosid. Now I see what it means to stabilize an unstable branch of Debian, and the fact that Aptosid has done so is quite a feat I think. Debian Unstable "Sid" has many awesome packages but the developers are working on something like 15 arches of the testing branch alone so someone realized what needed to be done. Take the awesomeness of Debian Unstable, narrow it down to two arches and stabilize the unstable. Voila! You have Aptosid.

That's all I will say but if this piqued your interest in "what is Aptosid?" You should have a look at it. Even the manual itself is worth the downloading the distribution.

I give Aptosid an "A" in a category ranging from "A+ to F". These guys done good!
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