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Re: [Gnumed-devel] Distro Q

From: richard terry
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] Distro Q
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2003 10:59:38 +1100

I guess having used Mandrake for several years I'm sick of its minor 
instability problems and poor update mechanism, which is why I've been trying 
the others.

I've got to admit I've leant alot from installing gentoo from scratch, and I 
like its emerge system. 

I've not installed kde yet and am still in terminal mode though I've compiled 
by first kernel (twice - first time I stuffed up the 8139too and didn't have 
a network!).  I'm doing it on a spare caddie with hdd in it, so havn't 
overwritten by distro.

I'm sure you are probably correct about Debian however and I'm awaiting that 
CD you said should arrive on Friday last week but hasn't appeared yet (check 
the address - it should have been to 141 Dudley Rd Whitebridge 2290).

Thanks for your feedback once again Horst.

Once I've got my renovations a bit further along I will rejoin the fold. I'm 
waiting on the windows at the moment, having put up some steel rsj's last 

Is the conference for gnumed going to go ahead?


On Wednesday 05 March 2003 8:08 pm, you wrote:
> On Tue, 4 Mar 2003 10:42 pm, richard terry wrote:
> > Is anyone on the list using gentoo?
> I used to for some time, and I liked it. However, I have come to the
> conclusion that it is a lot easier to maintain one single distro instead of
> a dozen different ones, and now I am using Debian to exclusion - a
> selection made through an evolutionary process over many years.
> I don't think there is a single good reason *not* to use Debian except for
> the admittedly very poor installer & hardware detection. However, this has
> been overcome by Knoppix and the likes. I reckon Debian developers should
> just take any of the stripped-down basic Knoppix derivates and bolt a
> fool-proof hard disk install script on top of it.
> Benefits:
> - you can try the system out before you install it: you know it's going to
> work (and what's not working) before you waste your time modifying your
> system.
> - installation can be completely unattended (after trying it out and
> configuring it "live" from CD)
> Horst
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