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European Unix Platform: Rock Linux: Not for woozies!

Apr 28, 2000, 20:10 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jos Visser)

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"And thus it came to pass that my buddy Pjotr Prins pointed me to the existence of Rock Linux. In his unsurpassable style he explained to me that Rock Linux would probably become *the* Linux distribution for experienced Linux administrators and programmers who were (or would get) tired by the all-singing-all-dancing Linux distributions being put out by companies such as Red Hat, SuSE and Mandrake. A couple of weeks later, Pjotr manned a little booth at the NLUUG 1999 autumn conference, from which he sold stuff like Hacker Keyboards, plush penguins *and* Rock Linux CDROMs. When asked by someone what the particular advantage of this distribution was he pointedly replied: "It is more difficult to install". Obviously, after such a sales pitch, I could not resist checking out this new distribution."

"Don't get me wrong, I think the "traditional" (ha ha) Linux distributors are doing a great job bringing Linux to the masses. Their additions to the "raw" software include such niceties of life as graphical installation programs, GUI driven control panels and other "user friendly" extensions. For a very experienced Unix hacker like myself, all this is becoming a bit too much; for instance I really hate it when I change a configuration file like /etc/resolv.conf, only for that change to get reversed at the next run of the idiot-proof vendor-supplied configuration utility (such as SuSEConfig). Another absolute no-no for me is a default alias rm='rm -i' which I spotted in some distributions. These kind of things instantly turn my spine in a blubbering piece of jelly and I need to write at least three sendmail rewrite rules to recuperate and regain my senses."

"And so I decided to spent some of my valuable spare time investigating whether Rock Linux (my nickname: The Rock) might become my distribution of choice."

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