Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Oct 2009 12:07 UTC
Linux I'm in a bit of a pickle here. I have an Atom 330-based tiny computer which I use as my HTPC. It performed its job fine running Windows 7 and Boxee, and over the past few months, it ran Mac OS X Leopard with Plex. Now, however, I want to try Linux as an HTPC operating system, but I kind of ran into a roadblock there with Ubuntu 9.10 - so the question is: what is a good HTPC Linux distribution?
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RE[2]: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by spiderman on Fri 30th Oct 2009 15:24 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
spiderman
Member since:
2008-10-23

If you want a desktop to just work, you should only use stable software, man.
People use testing software, which are advertized as testing software: for tests, which means: "please help us test this software, which probably is buggy" and then they complain that it does not work!
Man, if Windows development was open and they had a portal where you could download all their testing stuff, you would probably be crying!
People complain and they don't even use the bug tracking system.
Well, maybe linux is not for you. It's open and documented but if you can't read, it won't help you.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

People use testing software, which are advertized as testing software: for tests, which means: "please help us test this software, which probably is buggy" and then they complain that it does not work!


Since when is Ubuntu 9.10 testing software? It's a full-on release, last time I checked.

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spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

It's based on Debian testing.
Canonical releases LTS versions, which are more stable. Other versions are pretty bleeding edge. When Dell chooses Ubuntu for their netbook, they pick a LTS version, because other versions are not as stable and supported by Canonical.
If you want stable software, use Debian stable, or Ubuntu 8.04 LTS.
If you want to try new things and be on the bleeding edge, use Ubuntu 9.10, but don't complain when there are bugs, post them on launchpad instead.

It's the same when you use Fedora instead of Red Hat.

Edited 2009-10-30 15:40 UTC

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