Steve Juranich said:
I eventually converted to Mandrake, since it was easier to maintain
(they had that rudimentary up2date-like system a couple of years
before RH). I then met another friend who basically called me a
little girl for running Mandrake, and he introduced me to the
beauty of 'apt'.
Crap! I wussed out last night after not being able to set my damn
sound card working in Debian Woody. I have put it on and removed it
twice now in the past couple of weeks, and the last experience was
the most positive of all of my distros tried: Slack 8.1, RH 7.2 and
8.0, Libranet 2.0, and then the Knoppix Live CD, which rocks, but is
more of a demo (I have made a few converts at work with that disc!).
My sound card os one of those generic VIA AC97 onboard cards, on a
Shuttle AK32 board w/Athlon 1.1. I searched the archives of this
list and there were many issues and posts with that card, and worse
yet, it seems to be a fairly generic description. I did the lsipc
list and it showed on there, I tried modprobe, sndconfig, and kudzu,
but nothing. Then I remembered that when I tried Mandrake 9.0 last
week to play with it, it picked up the sound mod and initialized it.
I actually threw a disc in and got to listen to it. The Knoppix is
basically Debian and I got the same error from it, and the ONLY
other distro that picked up the soundcard all right was the other
Deb-based one: Libranet 2.0. However, I botched that install
somehow and GRUB didn't load right. I didn't care to retry it as I
wanted to try a couple of others that night (LONG NIGHT, but
exciting to see all of those!).
Anyway, I searched and searched and frankly, didn't even understand
what the answers were that were being provided. Since I saw that it
had come up so often here, I was a little gunshy of posting to this
list. I will research it later and I know I will be back to Debian
soon -- maybe even tonight or tomorrow :)
Mandrake 9.0 has GNOME 2 on it, which is cool, and it still has
development tools that I can learn on. Aside from the bad taste
that RPMS leave in peoples' mouths, is Mandrake really THAT bad? I
need more of the basics to understand this stuff. Need to spend
more time in the CLI, and Mandrake can let me do that when I want,
yet give me a functional GUI when I want it.
I can't help but feel like a bastard, though. I want Debian, Slack,
or Gentoo to work for me, but need to break myself in or I won't
even survive the install.
By the way: I am a MASTER patitioner, at least now! ;0}