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Byte.com: Which Linux? (Jerry Pournelle picks a distro)

Aug 05, 2001, 12:30 (13 Talkback[s])

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"Linux users tend to fight religious wars over the proper distribution of Linux to install. In our case, Dan Spisak, who is here and who built our server and physically installed everything, likes Mandrake. Roland Dobbins, who set up the Chaos Manor network and is still my chief advisor on *NIX, very much wanted Slackware.

We began with Mandrake. The system is now running Slackware. I don't have time or space for the whole story, but it boils down to this: If you want Linux to do things the way most people do, it's probably easier to get there with Mandrake. Mandrake installs Linux and by default turns on a number of processes. It builds interfaces in a particular way. Most of the installation scripts have been prepared by people with considerable experience. The goal is to get running in a fairly standard way."

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