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Stop Fighting Linux and Learn Your Distro

Feb 18, 2010, 21:02 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charlie Schluting)

"Is Linux frustrating for you? Do you find yourself spending time trying to figure out why package updates broke or undid changes you've made? You're not alone, but we have good news: it doesn't have to be that way. Let us show you how to start getting along with your Linux distro.

"What we're talking about is how easy it is to paint yourself into a corner with Linux. You can modify anything, and most often people turn to Google for solutions to problems that arise. Those solutions may work, but they also lead down a path of doom. Do Things the Distro Way

"Yes, you can change random configuration files in /etc/ and make something work, but is that what the Linux distro intended? It is possible that the file is owned by a package, so the next time the package is updated, your change will be overwritten. Package management systems don't generally care about collisions with modified files, with the exception of FreeBSD which will prompt you at upgrade time with a diff of each file. Most Linux package managers happily tromp over your changes to ensure the supported defaults are installed, which makes things much more supportable from the distro's standpoint."

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