On 2011-03-02 09:04:20 Andrew McGlashan wrote: >Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. wrote: >> I do believe a Free Software system should be as easy to use as MS Windows >> for "Joe Sixpack" and "Jane Boxwine". This might already be the case; it >> is really hard for me to judge. I've been programming since I was 5 and >> a fan of UNIX and UNIX-like systems since I first used one. > >Out of interest, how old are you now then? I'm nearing 31, but I mostly still act 25. :P My first exposure to UNIX-like systems wasn't until my early teens, but I didn't really get to dive in until I was 18. It still took me quite a while to move to Linux. My first adventure into Slackware was fun, but I eventually broke things beyond what I could fix and re-installed NT Workstation. We all experiment in college don't we... Toward the end of 2004, I was emboldened by finding a group of friends that had more Linux experience and did a Gentoo install (stage1!) on my already aging PII-450. I never looked back though. I've not licensed MS Windows since then, even for my laptop. I got a little disenchanted with Gentoo at some point; I decided I was spending too much time administrating my system and not enough time using it. (Possibly not Gentoo's fault, but it felt like a lot of that time was fighting with emerge / paludis.) I started Debian with Etch. My laptop has had a number of installs on it. I remember an adventure into Fedora before it had a two-digit version. I ran openSUSE to some joy for a little over a year. Ubuntu is what it shipped with. I still keep coming back to Debian, partially for consistency. What advantages the others have just never made up for the lack of familiarity. Ubuntu is definitely a close second; anything without the interactive resolver from aptitude is a lesser OS. However, I prefer the "It's done when it's done" attitude around Debian releases, rather than the time-based releases of Ubuntu. I've familiarized myself enough with APT to be able to get new software if stable doesn't meant my needs, but that's not often required except for -dev packages for my own projects. ...and evidently I like talking about myself. :( -- Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. ,= ,-_-. =. email@example.com ((_/)o o(\_)) ICQ: 514984 YM/AIM: DaTwinkDaddy `-'(. .)`-' http://iguanasuicide.net/ \_/
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