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Last Review by Trinity22 - posted: 04-08-2004 12:00 PM
I'm on Cobind right now as an alternative to my now defunct former distro, which was based on Redhat 9. I was all for finding a one CD distro based off of Fedora.
The install took about 16 minutes.... it is non-graphical, but easy enough to figure out. Your desktop environment is XFCE, which is nice enough, I'll admit, but a bit hard to get used to if you are used to kde like myself.
It ships with Mozilla Thunderbird and Firefox and even a GAIM version that supports Yahoo. I used Yum to install Open Office instead of Abiword, which is what it's default word processor is.
CD burning is the biggest problem with this distro, mainly because there doesn't seem to be a graphical front end that works nice. Gtoaster, which is what it comes with, was useless. An installed K3b mysteriously refuses to come up. Which leaves the lovely job of making CD's via the command line. I'm not anti-command line, but spending 20 minutes per CD when you make about 4 a week is a pain in the ass.
Other than that, I think this distro is good and I'll be sticking with it for a while. Hopefully some forums will pop up or something about it as though the interest is piqued via a distrowatch article, it's an extremely unknown distro.
JAMD is basically a very slimmed down Redhat 9 built for those who want to take advantage of the rpm resources RH9 has but loathe the bulk of RH9 itself (as I did).
JAMD installs in roughly about 15-25 minutes, depending on the speed of your computer. There is a partioner built in, I think, but I never used it. I just did a fresh install over my old distro, Lycoris. After it installed it configured my sound card so sound was good to go. Unlike Redhat 9 and how they disabled mp3 playing in XMMS, JAMD is fine with mp3's and plays CD's from the get go also.
The first desktop you get into is, admittingly, not the best, depending on where your personal taste lays. The default theme is a KDE Aqua with the Noia icons. But all it takes is some tinkering around in the control panel and a stop at http://www.kde-look.org to fix it.
JAMD comes with Mozilla, Open Office 1.0.2, K3b, Kopete, Kbear and more. Adding your own programs is as easy as finding an RH 9 rpm for what you want. I traded out Kopete for GAIM, Kbear for Gftp and Mozilla for Firefox and Firebird.
There is a slight tradeoff for such a good distro, mainly in that it lacks dev tools so you really can't build anything from scratch. There is a list on the JAMD forums of what needs to be installed and nearly all can be found with a combo of http://rpmfind.net and Synaptic.
JAMD has also now merged with Blue Linux into a distro called Ares Linux. The release notes on the site indicated a Feb release but now the site estimates probably late March. Nevertheless, I still think that JAMD is a remarkably good distro, and as someone who has had College Linux, Lycoris, RedHat 9 and various others, JAMD has stayed on my computer for 8 months now. Though JAMD, by today's standards, is dated, I would suggest it for anyone looking into a good, stable desktop computer aimed towards the linux newbie or even towards getting the family computer away from Windows.