Linked by Andrew Barilla on Tue 10th Feb 2004 20:08 UTC
Linux After reading a discussion on DistroWatch asking if users were happy with their current distribution, I noticed a common thread of those who have had similar experiences as myself with juggling various Linux distributions. Like myself, they feel many Linux distributions are great, but no one quite feels like home. None of them quite fit the bill and they may even begin to think that every OS sucks.
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Video, Upgrade, etc
by MattPie on Tue 10th Feb 2004 23:20 UTC

What did you install it on that it took 3-4 days? A P-90?

KDE and mozilla will do a day or two on my Athlon 1200.

Who are those guys

Well, you can backtrack the link, but they're Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie. They used to have a ton of stuff on, but that's all gone. They're really amusing (look for "The Geek Album", it's old internet humor).

And now, to be on topic:
All I want is a distro that works well, is quick to install, and doesn't break every time I upgrade.

Gentoo: a poor imitation of FreeBSD. Experience: 1.0pre4, 1.2, 1.4. Every time I upgrade, something seems to break. The last time was gphoto. If I installed it from protage, it didn't work. If I complie by hand with the tar.gz, it worked great. Konq lost my camera awhile back, and it never returned (I blame gphoto). I tried to reinstall but the xfs kernel wasn't working at the time.

FreeBSD: works great, except it's more work to get desktopy things to work, like video and sound. Doesn't support my CF reader (linux does). It is however the only stable and working OS on my desktop right now. When I need to do something, I use freebsd. When I feel like trying to make Linux work, I boot into Linux.

Debian: I'm sure I could get everything updated from the base install and get everything configured someday, but I have other things to do.

MEPIS: I thought I found my true Distro. It's Debian. It's configured. It's up to date. My trial was almost done, and I'm ready to send the money (the Lobster, even!). I did an update (the second update in the install) with synaptic over the weekend, and X is broken. I've spent 2 days trying to get the right combination on kernel, modules, and nvidia binary driver to work[0]. I might still send in the money, I'll just never try to update a system again.

Moral of the story: Never try to update a Linux desktop unless it's Debian. Even if it's a debian-like, you're on risky ground. If you don't need a multimedia extravaganza, use FreeBSD.

[0] I have to use the nvidia binary to use DVI, for my flat panel.