Distro considerations

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I was using MEPIS Linux for the past 4 days after a high recommendation by Pradeep and I was remarkably surprised by the ease of install.

First of all, it acts as a LiveCD so you can test out everything before you do any install and then you then click on the Install section in the menu and it'll install on the hard disk. Uber-cool!

However, I hit a roadblock on two things - sound wasn't working and the Sify dialer wasn't working. Regarding sound, I tried everything but couldn't get it working at all...

Disappointed, I just had to switch back to Fedora since I needed a working system fast... so I installed FC3 again and now I'm back in business.. The Fedora Installation Guide was of immense help - especially the part about removing unused services at startup and using the KDE Display Manager instead of gdm. Everything looks so much better now!

Also, I have started to rewrite chapters of my book, so that I can get back in the writing groove and also improve the wordings of many parts of the book. I'm taking into consideration the huge list of corrections sent by readers that I haven't been able to incorporate till now. You can look forward to some good improvements in the book :)


Pradeep says:

Dude! try the mepis irc at freenode.net
or even the forum for that matter @ mepislovers.com
funny name for a OS user group :)

Karanbir Singh says:

What sort of a network does Sify Broadband use ? isnt it possible to hack in something to get you online ?

Also, going by what you write about here on the blog, 'ease of install' doesent seem to be the kind of thing that I would consider rates very high with someone who knows whats going on....

Now might be a good time to point out that I dont actually use any Debian based distro....

Swaroop C H says:

Karan: Sify just requires a LAN card to a shared network connection provided by the local cable-wallah. Some hacking could be done, but my networking knowledge is terrible!

So, which distro do you use?

Karanbir Singh says:

On the server side of things, its Centos 3.3 ( RHEL rebuild ) all the way + am quite involved with the Centos developement.

On the client side ( read notebooks ) its a mix between Gentoo ( it really is quicker ) and Centos ( need to keep the work machines in sync with one platform / system ).

Karanbir Singh says:

Quick side note : are you up early today ? or working late from yesterday ? :D

Swaroop C H says:

Karan: Gentoo seems cool but I certainly don't have the patience of waiting 3-4 hours for it to compile and install on my machine... how much time would it take on a P4 1.7 GHz machine?

Btw, it's the former (I'm up early) for a change! ;)

Karanbir Singh says:

Gentos has GRP packages you can use to install as well ( they are precompiled using a default set of optimisations ), so you dont need to recompile everything from scratch. If you do decide to do a Stage2 install ( that compiles itself ) - budget for about 4 - 6 hours. You need to keep in mind that Gentoo is a fast moving platform, packages and setup's can change / upgrade in very short time spans.

If you are looking for a stable platform, that is going to be around for a while.. check out Centos.

Up at 6:00am demands respect! Its 2:00am here - and I am now off to bed.