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Re: Pre-Beginner's post (convince me)

On (12/05/04 22:09), Clive Menzies wrote:
> On (12/05/04 16:45), Nathanael Hasbrouck wrote:
> > On Wednesday 12 May 2004 0409, somebody named Eric D. Hedekar inscribed 
> > this message:
> > > Hi, I'm completely new to linux and I'm trying to bring some sense of
> > > clarity to it all.  I want to run a dual boot system with OS9 and Linux
> > > on my Umax S900 (oldworld mac clone).  The main purpose of my work on
> > > the computer is audio applications however I may/will want to setup a
> > > network and/or computer farm that involves old and new world macs and PC
> > > machines.
> > >
> > > What I'm wondering is which distribution of Linux to install.  I realize
> > > that to each their own, but due to the overwhelming technical
> > > documentation and the lack of spare time that I have lying around I
> > > would like some help. Can someone point out the best reasons to go with
> > > say YellowDog, Mandrake, Gentoo, or Debian?  What are the faults of each
> > > of these?  I realize that pretty much everyone on this list will be
> > > running Debian and to tell the truth that's the one I'm favoring despite
> > > the seriously technical installation process, but could you please
> > > attempt to be unbiased if at all possible.  Or if you know of a site
> > > that compares Distros that is kept up to date that would be much
> > > apreciated as well.  Thanks.
> > 
> > I'm going to attempt to be as unbiased as I can, but that might be a little 
> > difficult because Debian is the only distro I've ever really used. :^)  
> > 
> > Two main reasons for that - I was originally going to install YDL here 
> > (powermac7600) but after lurking for a while on both the YellowDog lists 
> > and here on debian-powerpc I decided I like the environment better here.  
> > I don't exactly remember why, and it might not be accurate (anymore/if it 
> > ever was), but that's my recollection.  
> > 
> > The other reason was a comment by somebody somewhere (I think here, on 
> > another 'what's the best distro' thread) that debian may not be the 
> > easiest to install, but once you've got it going you know your system 
> > pretty well.  Which is true, but you will need some spare 
> > time. :^)  Having cut my (linux) teeth on debian, I can't say I'm sorry, 
> > but it did take a little bit.  Lurking on the lists for a few months 
> > before hand and having a general familiarity with the CLI probably helped, 
> > too.
> > 
> > Oh yeah, and we can't forget the packaging system....after being used to 
> > apt/dpkg/synaptic, I seriously don't know if I could live very long with 
> > an .rpm based system.  (But then, not having used one, I don't really 
> > know.  If I had to manage dependencies manually, no sir.  If it's handled 
> > mostly automagically, like apt-get, then I probably could.) 
> I echo all of the above; my first install on a nubus mac took months but
> I'm hooked ;)  I use Debian sid on my main G4 workstation (can't
> remember the last time I booted into OSX).  The nubus mac is now a woody
> based file server; we have Intel boxes running Debian, Windows XP and 98
> and 333 debian servers provide file and print services to them all.
Ooops that should read 3 debian servers !

> I can't think of a good reason to try anything else ;)
> Regards
> Clive

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