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#1 2003-08-24 01:49:21

dp
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is there nothing better around???

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this was the greeting when i logged in some minutes ago ... this brings me to another thinking: the only thing archlinux cannot support are "bluescreens of death" (those, who changed totally to non-windows-os and forgot: = the nice screens that apear when your (windows)kernel is in panic) ... well, you can simulate simmilar things with fortune

to the subject:
i wanted to install a 3rd OS on my notebook (besides the 2GBwinXP and arch), after removing finally SuSE 8.2 --- now, arch is my prime OS, winXP is kept only because of compatibility --- when someone wants to do something only a windows is able to (e.g. to crash the OS when you dont expect it to crash --- while clicking the most important button on such an OS wink ).
Now the thing is: i wanted to install something totally new (like i did about a year ago with arch while using SuSE) just to try to enhance the possibilities you can have with a A31p-Thinkpad (the 4kg must be worth something) --- i was searching on the internet for long, but i cant find anything better than arch (for my needs = stability, easy upgrade, clean /etc, latest packages, easy way to build packages, package-management with dependences-tracking)

gentoo --- maybe when it becomes mature, great docs!
sourcer --- maybe when it becomes mature, and cleans up
slackware --- not modern enough, but my favourite for years
SuSE --- >7.1pro are not longer "linux", sorry (but great package-repository)
RedHat --- Toys are nice, but this is not an OS, sorry
Mandrake --- very nice installer (i wish i have such a installer on archlinux --- not the GUI, but the possibilities (NTFS- resizing, ...)), but the system is to much "newbie-like" planed
FreeBSD --- the logo is ok, the system not up-to-date
i tried to build a generic, source-driven, linux (do it your self - linux), but the dependences make you crazy after the first weekend :-)

-> i'm going to install a 2nd arch on this drive ... it will become the backup-system

-> if someone can tell me another linux distro i should try i didnt already ... i'm hearing...


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#2 2003-08-24 04:12:51

_JeffG_
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Re: is there nothing better around???

FreeBSD --- the logo is ok, the system not up-to-date

What do you mean by this?  I just scrapped a working up-to-date FreeBSD install for Arch Linux.  In my opinion the only thing FreeBSD was missing was good browser plugins and a good jdk. 

Jeff

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#3 2003-08-24 16:13:15

dp
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Re: is there nothing better around???

_JeffG_ wrote:

FreeBSD --- the logo is ok, the system not up-to-date

What do you mean by this?  I just scrapped a working up-to-date FreeBSD install for Arch Linux.  In my opinion the only thing FreeBSD was missing was good browser plugins and a good jdk. 

Jeff

-> JDK is too old (as you also saw)
-> some hardware are not supported (i cant watch TV over my USB-Hauppauge-card :-( ) ... the linux-kernel is better from this point of view

as i need JDK 1.4 and sometimes i like watching tv, it's not a big desicion, not to use FreeBSD


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#4 2003-08-24 16:51:48

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Re: is there nothing better around???

You can run the latest Linux JDK through linux "emulation" mode.


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#5 2003-08-24 21:57:12

dp
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Re: is there nothing better around???

contrasutra wrote:

You can run the latest Linux JDK through linux "emulation" mode.

i'll try that, when i next time access a FreeBSD-machine ... installing FreeBSD takes too much time and space to be done only to try something you already have on the current runnig system


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