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GNU/Linux Software I Use Regularly

Sep 11, 2009, 12:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gene)

[ Thanks to Gene Alexander for this link. ]

"My distribution of choice is Mandriva. Mandriva is a RPM based distribution and has several very well written tools to help one manage one's desktop system. Since RPM is a requirement for Linux Standards Base (LSB) I prefer to stick with RPM based distributions. Mandriva was one of the first, if not the first, RPM based distribution to solve the 'RPM dependency Hell' that so many encountered in the early days of RPM distributions.

"My 'desktop' runs a light window manager named fluxbox. I am not fond of Gnome nor KDE as they are too bloated to start with. Sure one can strip them down, but I would prefer to start light and add only what I want or need. Plus some of my friends I know that run Gnome and KDE do occasionally have broken desktops from trying to update them with the latest and greatest. Due to the complexity of the Desktop Environments (DE) like Gnome and KDE they can be a bear to try to upgrade. Especially for my friends that have jumped from an older primary version to a newer primary version like from KDE3 to KDE4. Just search the web and one can find story after story of upgrade PAIN going from KDE3 to KDE4. Due to upgrade problems under KDE one of my friends now says she has a new swear word, 'KDE4'. With fluxbox I have never had such a problem and do not expect to ever have a broken 'desktop' because of a fluxbox upgrade."

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