[nSLUG] Suggestions for Distro

J. Paul Bissonnette jpaulb at eastlink.ca
Fri May 29 17:53:50 ADT 2009

When I first started using Linux it was with SuSE 4.2, there was no 
upgrade path. Each version cost money and usually meant a clean 
installation which was time consuming.

I have Ubuntu 9.04 on a laptop and Debian testing on a desktop.
I feel that the Ubuntu installer is heading the way of windows, you 
install what the distributors want you to.
I am also having issues hdd order. every hdd is sda, sdb, sd* no matter 
whether if it is ata, sata or scsi. Booting from chosen disk is a pain. 
I had a mixture of SCSI, SATA and ATA. The order the BIOS sees the hdd 
and the partitioner orders the disks are different.

I like Debian, at least testing , which offers a smooth transition from 
one version to another. Testing becomes stable, Sid becomes testing and 
so on. I have rarely had to do a clean install.

Michael Crawford wrote:
> I ran Debian for quite a long time, but decided to move to Fedora
> because of what I feel is a misguided policy about Debian Stable
> maintenance:
> They only fix security holes.  They *don't* fix crashes or bugs that
> cause end-user data loss.
> That just seems wrong to me.
> Now, there are sites that offer updated Debian software, but the
> problem I had at the time was that I was running Debian on a PowerPC
> Macintosh, and they only offered x86 binaries.
> I've been pretty happy with Fedora 10, and have been running it for
> several months.
> I haven't tried Ubuntu yet, but plan to do so sometime soon.
> Mike

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