> -----Original Message-----
> From: david at baker.ie [mailto:david at baker.ie]
>> I seem to be getting the impression from postings to the list
> that some
> of the latest distributions seem to suffer from quite a few
> setup bugs.
> Caldera seems to be the major baddie in this regard, but
> there have been
> a few other postings about similar problems with other distributions.
>> This seems to be a very bad thing if Linux is pushing towards the
> non-tech/beginner level.
>> I use SuSE and like it a lot, and lots of people seem to be
> very happy
> with Red Hat. What does that leave us with in terms of alternative
> distributions which are *reliable* ?
It leaves the only really good distribution. Debian. The only slightly
annoying thing about it is going through the 4351 packages in frozen
to see what you want, but I can live with that.
Install procedure for my home machine:
Grab the current (27MB) install directory from ftp.uk.debian.org
Reboot with a DOS floppy (or create debian boot floppies).
Go through this part of the install (nice and quick, just untars a 15MB file
Run dselect and set up apt to head to
Pick the packages, tell it to FTP them, and go to bed (126MB).
Wake up next morning and finish the configuration.
I like the combination of a good internet (even over dialup) connection, and
version of linux.
Then again, their copyleft tag is "Debian, the distribution your mom would
if it were 20 times easier."
Liam Bedford 01-4170153
System Administrator WBT Systems, Block 2, Harcourt Ctr.,
Harcourt St., Dublin 2
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