Re: Storm Linux (Debian in disguise)also Corel
Sorry. It wasn't fair to compare Storm and Corel as I've not used
Storm. I should have changed the subject and just said Corel have
done a good job in taking Debian and wrapping it up in a way that
can be sold in schools and offices along with WordPerfect.
The Corel installer is very good. It never had problems with the Windows
partition when I tried it on a laptop. And it did a better job on
that laptop than I've ever managed in a year of tweaking X. That
said, it barely ran because it has only 24 MB RAM but can't blame
anyone but myself for that:-(
The graphical front-end to apt/dselect worked fine when I tried it.
It doesn't qmatter if the move to potato breaks Corel apps. Corel
is not Debian and if you want a Corel desktop then you have to wait
til they are ready to do upgrades. No-one complained of Win2k beta
crashes so why should Corel be held to a higher standard? If it
works as advertised, that's enough for most people.
The Corel lilo is a pain; I couldn't wait to get rid of it.
The keyboard maps not working for us non-US users is a pain. It
gives a feeling that the vendor is bloody lazy.
And its the word "vendor" is part of the reason I fsck-ed Corel
after playing about with it for an evening. I prefer the "I rolled
my own desktop" experience of the non-corporate world.
Another eason I wouldn't stick with Corel is that I don't think they
"get it" as far as open source is concerned. Its fine that they are
porting this and that, but its not DFSG compliant. Helix, AbiWord,
KOffice: these are the names I want to see doing well. WP is just a
version of MS Office that hasn't sold as well. Its the free speech
not free beer that is most important.
I hope Storm continues their good work.