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What's the best distribution?

I find that using source in building all your linux tools will get you
into lots of trouble with dependencies and redundant packages.  I prefer
debian because of its lightness out of the box and because of apt, which
is awesome.  I thought Gentoo wasn't worth the trouble.

On Mon, 2002-11-04 at 13:55, rek2 wrote:
> I also find Debian and Gentoo as my favorites distribution as I may be a
> old school but I like Source code and to have a system like I want not
> like they have package it and if I do need to use packages Debian is the
> best for that. and if for some reason tht package bothers me I download
> the source code and use thge ./configure option with flags to add the
> binarys to the right place. About obscure options I have no problem with
> that, it happends that I like to study and read a lot of books, was a
> AIX and Solaris user before I started to use  GNU/Linux in 1994, in
> those days took me a while to get GNU/Linux 100% dominated, so if you
> did in those days, today you will not have any problem, sinse today some
> distributions of GNU/Linux make it almost for dummys.LOL
> reK2.
> On Mon, 2002-11-04 at 13:01, Bob Keyes wrote:
> > personally, I find Debian to be the best. Not to say I don't have issues
> > with it, but I like the fact that the package system actually works, that
> > it is really easy to follow either a stable branch or an advanced branch
> > of updates, that it works very well in text mode (handy for servers),
> > and supports ham radio well. What I don't like is the rough edges -- too
> > many dialog boxes that ask for obscure settings. I am a pretty technical
> > user but am still put off by all this, I imagine it would be quite
> > disheartening to the novice user. Though most of the time you just choose
> > the default and things are fine. I also don't like the fact that a lot of
> > cruft is added on as a default -- I don't like emacs for instance, why do
> > I get it by default? However this is a common problem with operating
> > systems these days so it doesn't rank that high on hits against debian.
> > The last thing that annoys me is this insistance on GNU/Linux. I want to
> > call it linux, and will. I don't want to get into a political discussion
> > so I'll drop it here.
> > 
> > 
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