Re: what's your favourite FLOSS?
On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 13:59, Allen<GedankeZauberer@comcast.net> wrote:
> On Tuesday 17 November 2009 06:31:33 am Avi Greenbury wrote:
>> Allen <GedankeZauberer@comcast.net> wrote:
>> > And YAST2 is probably the best system tool ever done.
>> Hmm, Yast made me want to hurt small things the last (and first) time I
>> used it. I'm increasingly wondering that this might have been a
>> fault at my end, since a lot of people seem to like it now. Has it
>> improved drastically over the past six or so years?
> Well, the first time I saw Yast2 was in SUSE Linux 8.1 Professional. It was
> good but it did have a few things that didn't seem to be what it should have
> been, and since I was buddies with Marcus Meissner, I told him. He's the head
> of SUSE Security, and when 8.2 Professional came out, I bought it right away,
> backed up everything, and did a fresh install. See the only machine I had at
> the time was the one that is now my server, a little Pentium 3 733 MHz
> processor with 384 MBs RAM, and I didn't have anything else. But it worked
> REALLY well on it. All the things in Yast2 seemed fixed in 8.2 Professional,
> and I really liked it. I had uptime of 205 days on that release, and this is
> consodering that I did EVERYTHING on that machine. Imagine that old hardware
> being used daily as a desktop, having SSH, FTP, and Web services running for
> friends, and like 4 email clients loaded all at once, and firefox and
> Netscape all being loaded with like literally 12 tabs in each open, and then
> on top of that XMMS and Gaim and, well, let's just say I had KDE with 5
> Virtual Desktops, and all of them were LOADED with stuff because I did a lot
> with that machine. All the while a movie was playing, and no lag, and 205
> days of uptime.
> I still remember when a Kernel update had broken my Nvidia driver and Marcus
> went back to the office to fix it and released a new one for me.
> Yast2 was REALLY nice. Even now, the new versions are nicely made, and the
> thing has that ability to show you what it's doing. Like Mandriva for
> example, if you set up a Firewall, it doesn't show you what commands it ran
> to do it, but Yast2 does. you can see exactly what IPTables it typed out for
> you. And of course Novell GPLd it.
That's some serious promotion, among the best I've ever seen. That's
the definition of rock-solid!
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