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Old 09-15-2004, 05:02 AM   #31
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added: If the biggest nightmare for a new user is staring at the console not knowing what to type, you might as well get it over with and face this dilemma as early as possible.
Old 09-15-2004, 05:46 AM   #32
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No offense meant, but Suse, Mandrake and the likes are not for programmers, but for users who like Linux but not the hassle.
Sorry, but all the serious coders I know (and I mean the ones that write tricky emulation code for Wine, parts of the GNOME/KDE desktops, even kernel work) use either Fedora, SuSE or Debian. None of them use Gentoo.

I myself am a Linux programmer who works on Wine commercially, as well as writing a new install system and code for GNOME in my spare time. Guess what. I use Fedora Core 2, because I have better things to do than dick about with manually setting things that could be done for me automatically. Somehow I still understand Linux though .... hmmm
Old 09-15-2004, 06:13 AM   #33
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I stand corrected, but as you can see I use Debian in which installing a package takes a few seconds. I don't do much manually ever since I configured and secured the system after installing it.

(I should shut up commenting other distro's )
Old 09-18-2004, 02:30 PM   #34
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Debian's a good middle choice, but for most people i reccommend they start w/mandy cause that's what i did then moved to linux. I had a bad experience with Gentoo cause I have a 200MHz processor and compiling my kernel took ~9 HOURS, then it wouldn't even work. Course i used genkernel cause i was a fresh from mandy newb and didn't understand how to compile it by hand yet. Also the thought of the of downloading and compiling everything i wanted on my non-networked computer was enough to make me sick. Debian's nice cause it's packaging system kicks but compared to rpms, (it has the same kind of command line interface as portage just replace 'emerge' w/ 'apt-get install'), but you don't have to compile everything like w/portage. However, configuring hardware, etc... are harder with debian than with one of the 'easy' distros. (but they work RIGHT once you've got them configured) Ex. my flash drive - plug it in and it immediately pops up on my mandrake/kde desktop but i have to recompile my debian kernel and figure out how to modify usb.handmap and use scsidev to get it to work properly.


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