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Linux & Slackware versions

This kind of gets into a "Zen of Upgrading" discussion :)

  I tend to get the most current CD I can find, because most of the software
on it will get upgraded (ie, new versions will appear) over a year or so 
anyway, so I'd rather start with the most current versions of stuff 
rather than software which is already 6 months out of date. The CDs are 
cheap enough so that $40 vs $15 isn't much difference to me. (If you've 
ever bought Mac or Windoze software, even shareware, $40 is a drop in 
the bucket!) Of course, if there is a cheap solution, like those RedHat 
CDs someone mentioned, I'm not opposed to it! Then I stay current on the 
software I'm interested in (perl, emacs, Netscape, glimpse, and a few 
more). I'm not a kernel hacker, and having source CDs honestly hasn't 
done much for me; if I want a new  utility, I generally download it, 
because the one on the CD is usually out-of-date anyway. Of course, your 
needs may be differenet from mine, so -- as they say -- YMMV. 

The two times I've installed on my computer, I used Yggdrasil. The first 
time was fine -- this was back in (let's see) early summer '94? Last fall 
I wanted to move to ELF, so I got Yggdrasil fall '95. It was not *bad*, 
but I think it hasn't kept pace with the other distributions. They also 
pissed me off, because after I had installed, and spent a couple of days 
compiling new software, they announced a new bug fix distribution, and 
talked about all the bugs in the version I had installed. Sigh. They did 
send me the bug fix CD for free, but I would much rather had them 
release a better CD and wait a little longer for it. If I install again 
(I don't really see the need to), I'd probably go with RedHat, I've heard 
lots of good things about them.


Peter Breton  pbreton at          PGP key by finger
Shave the whales!

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