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Tux Reports: Libranet to Ark Linux: An Experiment in Migrating from One Distribution to Another

Oct 21, 2003, 07:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Layne Heiny)

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"I've worked with a range of Linux distributions, including RPM-based, Debian-based, slack-based, live CDs, distributions on single CDs, multiple CDs, and ranging in size from minimal to bloated-kitchen sink distributions. I've been fortunate to install alphas, betas, release candidates, and final releases of dozens of major distributions: Debian, Mandrake, Red Hat, Slackware, Gentoo, LindowsOS, and SUSE LINUX. I've even tinkered with minor distributions: Arch, College, CRUX, Dynebolic, Mepis, and many more. In fact, I've installed all of the distributions on Distrowatch's main page and many that don't exist any longer.

"Early distribution releases required plenty of patience to download, install, and configure. Creating floppies with rawrite, deciphering poor documentation, configuring X, upgrading with different tools, installing firewalls, IP masquerading, adding security patches, and learning to live with bugs were all part of learning Linux.

"It's been a great adventure learning to fly with Linux but it's been rather boring lately. Most of the major distributions install easily, are maintained easily with graphical tools, and they can be upgraded relatively painlessly when the right hardware is available. It isn't perfect but it is nothing like the early days and the thrill has not been as great...."

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