Re: [fw-wiz] MJR on Linux/OSS

From: R. DuFresne (
Date: 03/10/05

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    To: Devdas Bhagat <>
    Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2005 00:10:55 -0500 (EST)

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    On Thu, 10 Mar 2005, Devdas Bhagat wrote:

    > On 09/03/05 22:19 -0500, R. DuFresne wrote:
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    >> On Mon, 7 Mar 2005, Devdas Bhagat wrote:
    >>> Oh yes, you can run any distro with no big real difference between
    >>> them. The major lines: Debian, Redhat, Gentoo. The rest are clones, or
    >>> similar enough to transition easily between.
    >> I hate getting religious and all, yet your linux distribution history is
    >> limited almost to a tunneled point of view <smile>. The dist history
    >> plays out like this
    > I was not referring to history. I was referring to the mainstream Linux
    > package management styles (RPM/APT/emerge). Most distros use a variant
    > of one of these three. If you are familiar with one of the RPM based
    > distros, finding your way in the others is easy. It gets harder when you
    > have to deal with apt or emerge, or .tgz.
    > I will admit to missing slackware out there though.

    tgz. which slackware uses is extremely user friendly these days, in fact,
    to my taste more so then redhat's rpm system. At least on initial
    install, as it let's me finely tune the setup to a degree that is taxing
    to say the least on a redhat system these days. Also with upgrades to the
    many packages, at least again to my taste, YMMV.

    Redhat < other dists might also > has problems with kernel and iuptables
    tuners, those that like to rebuild their own and make it play with just
    the toys and trinkets they need rather then the 'stock' system offered
    under their dists.

    But, having started with sls, and moved to slackware long ago, though
    playing with other dists now and then as needed, I've found that most tend
    to be much more user friendly then was the case 5 or 10 years ago, even
    updated Avolio on something he'd posted about a trial with a linux dist
    variant a year or two back when he was testing the user friendlyness of
    getting the OS up and running for the faint at technical home crowd...


    Ron DuFresne
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