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  1. #46
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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gator650 View Post
    This guide is great and just keeps getting better with more content!
    Indeed

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    OK, aside from updates like the latest CentOS and Mandriva etc, which distros have I missed which are aimed at beginners, at least in part? Looking at DistroWatch I seemed to have covered most of the top twenty apart from hard-core distros like Slackware and Gentoo. I'm partway through Puppy Linux, but that's the last one I can think of. I wanted to try Xandros because it ships on the Eee, but it appears to be payware only - the only freeware version I can find is a 30-day trial. I'm also not interested in minor tweaks of existing distros, like all the other various xxxbuntus, such as Mythbuntu etc.

    So, suggestions please.


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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    If you are going to do Xandros, have you also thought about doing gOS?

    http://www.thinkgos.com/
    Soy el caimán seis cincuenta.

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Well, I just had a look at Linspire (formerly known as Lindows). They were trying to compete directly with Windows. But now they no longer allow you to download it without paying for it. Instead, you have to download Freespire.

    Linspire has some pretty big claims if you go to their website. One of which is that they are easier and simpler then Windows or Linux.

    Yet they've had a pretty bad record for breaking some important rules in the past like forcing the user to run as root. They wouldn't ask where you'd want it installed. It would just hack and slash what ever hdd it found first wiping the existing data off of it. And they used to require a paid subscription in order to have access to their entire software repository.

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Puppy Linux also plays the "must be root" game as well. I've not got as far as trying to create a new user account yet though, but the default (with no password) is root.

    As I said about Xandros though, I'm not bothering as you have to pay or use a 30-day version. Obviously I could, but I don't plan on recommending any distro which requires money, as opposed to merely liking it.

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    WOW, isn't that like the cardinal sin of *nix O/S's? NEVER EVER "run" as root?

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    That is thy First Commandment!

    http://forums.pcper.com/showthread.php?t=444253

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    I wondered why that old thread had been bumped.


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    Re: Good Job Meridian!


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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Puppy update: I can't even find a way of creating a new account after root, at least there's no GUI tool to do it. I'll guess that there's a command line way though...


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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    man useradd

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Thanks - I'd assumed there was. In the end I didn't bother because it kinda defeated the object of the review. And it was obvious that Puppy is designed for a single user in a minimal environment. If you want a distro that runs off a 128MB pen drive, this is the one for you. But it's poor as a proper distro.


    Any more ideas though people?


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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    So when are you going to try to review a fresh install of XP or Vista?

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    Just as soon as it stays up long enough.


    But it's interesting to note that in many ways Linux hardware support is actually better than XP nowadays. I've not installed Vista from scratch (I've removed it though...) so I can't comment about hardware support on that though.

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    Re: Good Job Meridian!

    1st let me :bow: for your reviews, thank you for the hard work! .

    My experience with hardware seems that Linux tends to get a little more "intimate" - for lack of a better word, and thusly seems to work better.

    I LOVE to watch DVD's in Linux as opposed to windows - I really can't say "why", they just look and sound better.

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