OSNews: Ark Linux: Quite an eXPerience

“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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