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I've used both 3.4.3 and now 6.0, and I notice no differences in command line functionality. I had heard so many good things about both Mepis and Ubuntu, but I didn't like the idea of using "sudo" instead of "su", or Gnome by default instead of KDE, and few other things, so I went with Mepis.
To my knowledge, the only difference between 3.4.3 and 6.0 is the repository that it uses. Ubuntu repos have a regular 6 month release date; Debian is a lot slower.
So, if I understand your postings correctly, you are saying that MEPIS 6 + does NOT do command line differently from prior MEPIS releases. In other words, I would not have to use "Ubuntu style" command line if I upgraded to MEPIS 6 + even though I get access to repositories based upon Ubuntu.
Correct or not?
Forgive me if I am hair splitting, but I just want to be sure. I haven't gone to MEPIS 6 + because I am satisfied with 3.43, but the whole Debian command line vs Ubuntu command line scared me off.
I'm too dumb to learn two different types of command line...hell, I'm too dumb to learn one. LOL.
Yeah, I actually like that Ubuntu has a slower release cycle than Debian unstable. Compared to earlier versions, Mepis 6 is much kinder to those of us on dialup.
For example, Woodford noted that udev support has been slow to stabilize throughout Etch, which has caused problems in building a stable MEPIS distro based on Etch. "There's not anything to fault, it's simply the fact that Debian is more engineering conscious, and has a more methodical approach to getting a release out every year and a half.... It's not that Etch is broken, but just that Etch is changing a lot."
In the past, the Debian project moved more slowly. Woodford started working on MEPIS in November 2002. Debian Sarge had been in development for a few months after the release of Debian Woody in July 2002, and would stay in development for nearly three years. Companies such as Xandros, Linspire, and MEPIS built distros off of Sarge with relatively few problems because it was less difficult to keep up with the pace of development.
In addition, MEPIS users could look forward to more regular releases. Woodford said he'd like to move to a six month development cycle, like the one employed by Ubuntu now. (from http://os.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=06/02/09/159207 )
Originally Posted by cymbaline
Ubuntu repos have a regular 6 month release date; Debian is a lot slower.
Just wanted to let you know I wasn't making that up; Warren said so himself.
We're not arguing with you cymbaline. It's just that anyone who thinks Debian is old and outdated, obviously doesn't know how a Debian system operates. Before I switched to Mepis, I was on a Debian system for roughly 3 years. If you setup the repositories a certain way, you can get tons more packages and software that is more cutting edge than on Ubuntu or Mepis.
That's not for me though. Being that cutting edge means many packages are updated every single day, and it's an endless update&upgrade cycle. Being on dialup, I prefer to download system-related stuff as little as possible.
If you don't have a root user, then how can you make system wide changes?
Actually, it's not a very difficult concept.
To edit /etc/fstab on an ordinary system VS. Ubuntu
1. Login as root
2. Enter "nano /etc/fstab" on a commandline
3. When finished, log out
1. Stay logged in as user
2. Enter "sudo nano /etc/fstab" on a commandline
3. When finished, automatically goes back to user
The purpose of sudo is to give you root abilities without having to be root.