Let's have an arm wrestle
by Owyn - 10/18/06 6:22 AM
In Reply to: About "safe". by R. Proffitt
I just downloaded latest PCLOS Big Daddy, Ubuntu and SimplyMepis Live CD's to make sure I was up to date. After looking atr all 3 of them again I agree that PCLOS is the best of the 3 for new Linux users. Tex does a really good job of pre-configuring the distro to include most if not all of the standard options that a new user would need.
I have used both Debian and Mandriva (Mandrake) distros.
I have had a Debian Server running without problems for a long time. It is stripped and web-admined. Could not have done that with Mandr*. I am in the process of setting up some new servers. They are going to be based on Ubuntu Server. I feel a lot safer with Ubuntu given the political and update problems in the Debian project. With Ubuntu's roots in Debian I really have nothing to lose. PCLOS (even the minimal release) will not let me do what I want to do.
I decided a long time ago that PCLOS was a better Mandrake than Mandrake. I had to think hard before I decided that Ubuntu was a better desktop for my needs. My needs, not everybodies.
SimpyMepis was a surpise. I had not looked at the distro in a long time and it is a better Kubuntu than Kubuntu. I think that it may give PCLOS a run for best KDE desktop.
Given the different hardware detects in each of those distros (well Mepis and Ubuntu are pretty close, PCLOS has a very different hwdetect code base), it is worth while to try each of them on specific hardware. If some specific component does not work on one distro, it might work on the other. At a minimum any usefull distro must provide audio, a useable desktop, network connections, a functioning browser, and a hard disk installer. If a LiveCD can not do that from boot, it is the wrong distro for that system.
So where is the contention? PCLOS vs Ubuntu as a long term distro for a better than novice Linux user.
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