RE: Switch to Red Hat?
I grabbed all the 99.2 rpm's and alien -d'd them. there were error
messages here and there, but the packages were debianized successfully
(I had updated GTK and GLIB from the source to 1.1.11, so I didn't need
those rpms). The first time I started 'gnome-session' I was flooded with
messages "You are using png2.0.1, which has a known bug. use png1.0.1.
After I got the rpm for the proper version (the version gnome 99.2
wants), all went smooth....BUT....it seemed to slow down considerably. I
mean WAY slow. 99.2 has some nice features, but I got rid of it and
'downgraded' gnome to 30-2.
I, too, suffered from 'should I move to RH' syndrome. Debian
slink..(potato is too broken for my tastes....that and the fact that I'm
doing dial up in Germany, so time on-line is at a premium for the cost)
seems to get updated SO SLOWLY, whilest RH moves along at a brisk pace.
But, I have tried out RH and Caldera OpenLinux, and for myself I can say
that Debian is arranged the best, makes the most sense, and, if you
stick to the .deb format for updates, will not get broken. A lot of
stuff I expected to see in /home/user/ wasn't there....the X
configuration files are all buried in /usr/X11R6/bin/X11/, versus the
easy to find and use /etc/X11/, I can configure X under Debian...can't
find the files on RH/Caldera, and the video drivers and other
hardware-interface stuff in Debian 2 is, in my opinion, much better than
what I get from RH and Caldera(especially caldera). Stick with
Debian....updates may be slow, but you can be sure that anything you put
on your system will work.
>From: "Paulo J. da Silva e Silva" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Date: Fri, 08 Jan 1999 11:40:50 -0300
>To: "Jeff Miller" <email@example.com>
>Subject: RE: Switch to Red Hat?
>Jeff Miller writes:
> > Hello Debian users,
> > I have been using the Debian distribution of Linux for many months
now, but am starting to recognize deficiencies in available, up-to-date
packages. For example, the latest GNOME files are 0.99.2 but I cannot
find .deb files for it anywhere. The best I could find was 0.30. This
wouldn't be an issue if I could actually make my own, but many times the
packages simply won't build for me. The *other* major distribution, Red
Hat, has .rpm files available for the GNOME project and they are pretty
much up to date but I can't get them to install on my Debian system. I
am torn because I like the fact that Debian packages are easy to find
and download, but it seems that Red Hat is more up-to-date. Are there
others that have found this as a problem? Can someone convince me not
to *cross over*? I am tempted to just run out and purchase Red Hat 5.2
and wipe my Debian system and leave it all behind me. Is there an
> > Regards,
> > Jeff
>Do you have other examples? I really agree with you that, at this
>is easier to fing .rpm's gnome files. But you can't forget how much
>RedHat is putting on Gnome, so it is natural that they should be ahead
>arena (on the other hand I think "in the old days of 0.30" Jim Pick
>released Gnome .deb's before RedHat had done her .rpm's). If this
>restricted to Gnome, wait a little, till 1.0 is out and there'll be no
>package a new version once a week. I am sure Debian will have gnome 1.0
>their unstable distribution preaty soon.
>Meanwhile, I am planning to try using alien to install gnome 0.99.2.
>anyone tried this? My idea is installing libgtk1.1.12 and libblib1.1.12
>(required by the new gnome) from unstable (they are already packaged,
>can see Debian can be fast too) and the give 0.99.2 a try.
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