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Linux Orbit: Storm Linux 2000 Review

Nov 04, 2000, 14:38 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Over the past years of Linux popularity, most distributions were based on Redhat and used RPMS for package management. Now there are a few distributions based on Debian. For those who do not know, Debian is the pinnacle of open source GNU/Linux. Along with Storm Linux, Corel and Libranet are also founded on Debian."

"Storm Linux has what most consider by far a much easier installation than the standard Debian installer. The install process starts within a console mode. After verifying keyboard type and mouse, you have the option of switching to a graphical installer. This is a very helpful feature since most modern distributions do not focus at all on a fall back console mode installer. The installation then begins the detection process for other hardware such as network and video cards. The partitioning system is quite usable, and the package selection screen is easy enough for those who wish to customize their systems."

"I would have to say Storm Linux is a fine choice especially for anyone who just could not get through Debian's less than user-friendly install. I found Storm Package Manager to be much better in comparison to Corel package manager. As far as desktops are concerned, Storm Linux includes the full complement of desktop tools for KDE 1.1.2 and Gnome. Storm Linux is fully Debian compatible so there are no problems with changing your sources list to a Debian one and upgrading."

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