Quoting Brendan Halpin (brendan.halpin at ul.ie):
> I have a brand-new box (Dell, no OS) standing on my desk waiting
> installation as my main workhorse for the next few years.
>> What do I install? I've been running redhat for a few years, and am
> reasonably comfortable with how it organises itself, so Fedora
> beckons. But so does the ethical purity of Debian, and the praise
> lavished in this forum and others on apt-get et alia.
>> I'm a perpetual newbie as a sys-admin, and am really only looking
> for a good platform to run emacs on: where should I go?
Even a perpetual newbie should know better than to troll a Linux user
group mailing list by posting an invitation to a notorious flamewar.
The "ethical purity" bit is rubbish, Timothy Murphy's uninformed views
on the matter aside: Proprietary software is equally as available as
open-source software in Debian; it's merely placed in a different
package collection and carefully classified as such.
You should install and run whatever works best for you. Any *ix
whatsoever will run emacs.
If you wish to try Debian, you might be well advised to use
Colm MacCárthaigh's HEAnet netinst image as a point of departure for your
brand-new Dell, as it incorporates many leading-edge drivers for some
Dell models in its installation kernel. Since you didn't identify the
Dell model or its chipsets, I can't give you more-precise advice. Steve
Mickeler's netinst image is also apparently good for some Dell models,
as is Victor van Beekum's netinst image.
Details on "Installers" page linked from
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