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OSNews: Ark Linux: Quite an eXPerience

Feb 03, 2004, 08:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Ferrare)

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"I've been using Dropline Gnome on Slackware for the last eight months or so, which is about half the time I've been using Linux. Ark Linux is at least the tenth Linux distribution to grace one of the two boxes I've had since I switched from Mac OS X to Linux (long story that started out sad, but ended up happy). Before that I'd been an Apple user since buying an Apple //c in 1985, and switching to the Mac in 1988. I've used DOS/Windows at work in various incarnations since the mid-'80s as well, and my wife has an XP home system that I administer. I'm lucky enough to use Mac OS X at work on a shiny new dual processor G5.

"On the receiving end of this latest distribution is my home-built small form factor Biostar IDEQ 200V. The 'V' stands for Via, which makes the motherboard chipset (KM400 and VT8237). It includes the normal ports and slots, including Serial ATA and Firewire (IEEE 1394). I have an AMD 2800+ CPU, a gigabyte of 333 Mhz RAM, a Lite-On 401 DVD burner, a Seagate 80 GB SATA drive and an ATI 9200 AGP video card. My SATA drive has my Slackware installation on it, so I installed Ark onto a 20 GB Maxtor 7200 rpm ATA-66 drive. I attached four USB devices in my testing: an Apacer Handy Steno USB 2.0 thumb drive, A Canon PowerShot A40 digital camera, a Canon S450 printer and a Wacom Graphire drawing tablet. I had no Firewire devices handy..."

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