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Debian/Ubuntu summary

Scott Ehrlich wrote:
> I'd like to thank everyone who offered their valuable insights.
> The consensus is most people use Debian for server use and Ubuntu for
> desktop.
> I happened to have a copy of Ubuntu 6.10 on CD and installed it
> flawlessly on my home system alongside Win XP Home.   After apt-get
> update and apt-get upgrade, I found I had a conflict, which synaptic
> helped to easily resolve.    I then selected a software menu item which
> gave me to option to perform a full upgrade, which I selected.  Haven't
> been home since to check on that.
> But, with the initial install done, my FAT and NTFS partitions were
> readily mounted and viewable.   I also had easy mounts of a CF card and
> Sony memory stick.
> Very nice.
> I do recommend Ubuntu.   I've gone through Fedora 5 and 6, along with
> CentOS 4.4 and 5.   With each of those, I've had conflicts of one kind
> or another which were incredibly painful to try and resolve.   Synaptic
> deal magical wonders.

Not to turn this into Yet Another Episode of "Distro Wars", but...

Well, personally I tried a bunch of Linux distros, including Ubuntu, and finally
settled on openSUSE. I know the whole Novell thing is anathema to some, but it
was a distro that just worked, out of the box, for me and my slightly offbeat
setup. I used Ubuntu for about a week, when things started to go wrong and
there were enough annoyances to send me back on the Linux trail. I wrote about
my quest here:

I've been using it for about a month now and am still incredibly pleased.

Jonathan Arnold     (mailto:jdarnold at
Daemon Dancing in the Dark, an Open OS weblog:

UNIX is user-friendly. It's just a bit picky about who its friends are.

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