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OSNews: Linux Desktop Distro Shootout Part IV: LindowsOS 4.5

Dec 24, 2003, 22:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Barry Smith)

"In this series I have been looking at things that most reviewers either seem to ignore or skim past. I want to know how a distro *feels* in daily use. I want to know if you are forced to spend more time working on the distro than actually producing some productive work. I want to know how convenient things are. I want to know if it is worth the trouble.

"But in the interest of balancing things out, I have also decided to utterly ignore most of the things that a standard review homes in on. For example, I just don't care whether a particular distro uses kernel 2.4 or kernel 2.4.2 or kernel 2.4.2.3.5.1.4.3.2. I only care about whether it boots up and recognizes my hardware.

"Eventually you reach a point of diminishing returns. After three years of jumping from one Linux distro to another, the main thing that strikes me about all these many distros is their absolute similarity to each other. It takes a little bit of time to catch onto this, but sooner or later anyone will see it..."

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