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Which Unix-like OS / Linux distro do you prefer?

Sun - Solaris / OpenSolaris
- 1 (2.9%)
BSD - FreeBSD
- 2 (5.7%)
BSD - OpenBSD
- 2 (5.7%)
BSD - NetBSD
- 0 (0%)
BSD - Other
- 0 (0%)
Linux - RedHat-based (ex Fedora, CentOS)
- 1 (2.9%)
Linux - SUSE / openSUSE
- 3 (8.6%)
Linux - Ubuntu-based (ex Mint, gOS)
- 13 (37.1%)
Linux - Debian-based (ex MEPIS, Knoppix)
- 4 (11.4%)
Linux - Mandriva-based (ex PCLinuxOS)
- 0 (0%)
Linux - Slackware-based (ex Vector, Zenwalk)
- 0 (0%)
Linux - Arch-based
- 0 (0%)
Linux - Gentoo-based (ex Sabayon)
- 4 (11.4%)
Linux - minimalist (Puppy, DSL, etc)
- 0 (0%)
Linux - roll your own
- 0 (0%)
Linux - Other
- 0 (0%)
Mac OS X
- 3 (8.6%)
HP-UX
- 0 (0%)
AIX
- 0 (0%)
OpenServer
- 0 (0%)
Minux
- 0 (0%)
Other
- 2 (5.7%)
What's a UNIX?
- 0 (0%)

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« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2009, 06:59:12 PM »

Hmm, looks like Ubuntu is winning big time...

No wonder I've recently acquired a mental association between Linux and The Goode Family... 


I prefer windows over linux cuz my desktop has the latest parts and I constantly upgrade. However linux doesnt have workable and reliable drivers for a while. I'm a huge gamer so thats an issue. I'll talk smack on linux but I'll admit there are other devices I have and other situations I would rather choose linux over windows.

Yeah, getting GC89 and even ATI drivers working right in Linux is always a pain, but that's not the reason why I've ended my long relationship with the Linux desktop a few months ago.  With Windows 7 and Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft's offerings just got better.  When installing Win7 RC from scratch, virtually every device on my laptop was detected and worked right off the bat.  I still use UNIX on the server-side though.
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« Reply #16 on: July 15, 2009, 11:27:03 AM »

BTW...

Anyone have any opinions on the recently-announced Google Chrome OS?
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« Reply #17 on: July 15, 2009, 02:22:04 PM »

BTW...

Anyone have any opinions on the recently-announced Google Chrome OS?

Can't wait to play with it. My opinions on software/hardware are always based on my own experience.
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« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2009, 02:39:25 PM »

BTW...

Anyone have any opinions on the recently-announced Google Chrome OS?

Can't wait to play with it. My opinions on software/hardware are always based on my own experience.
I can't wait to play with it either, but I'm betting I'll prefer to stick with Vista because it's actually on my hard drive instead of on the internet.

I don't like the idea of terminals/servers.  I prefer to keep all of my data on my own system, and release the parts of it that I want to share.
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« Reply #19 on: July 15, 2009, 04:31:53 PM »

Anyone have any opinions on the recently-announced Google Chrome OS?

As has been said before, "blogware". I'll believe it when I see it.

I don't like the idea of terminals/servers.  I prefer to keep all of my data on my own system, and release the parts of it that I want to share.

I agree. When I am not connected to the 'Net, I want everything I have to work. Net applications are exactly that, 'Net dependent.

As inept as Bill Gates is, his commitment to "thick clients" was correct, for the consumer market.

Thin terminals and good servers are an excellent solution to the small/large office environment, where applications are standardized, and it makes a great deal of business sense to have working files centralized for ease of backup. It also means that a failure of a system on someone's desk can be fixed by simple replacement, and the user has lost nothing.

If Google asked my opinion, which you can be sure they didn't, I'd tell them to make a really good "GoogleOS Theme" for KDE or GNOME or XFCE, and customize an install disk, but put it in front of a full-blown distribution like Debian.

(yes, pretty much like Ubuntu did, but NOT tracking Sid!)

That way people could have GoogleOS quick and pretty, but if they "got under the hood" they would find only more functionality and usability, not a limited shell of Google-only applications and nothing else.
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« Reply #20 on: July 15, 2009, 05:14:11 PM »

I'm in a state of flux right now. I was a former Debian fan, but moved to Ubuntu because they seemed to actually be outpacing Debian in terms of Debian core stuff (i.e. the "alternative" installer, based on d-i, actually got ext4 support from Ubuntu before Debian included it.)

I got a new laptop several months ago, and Ubuntu Intrepid worked well, minus crappy results from the fglrx driver and freezing. I was excited for Jaunty but... Jaunty killed my wifi. Sitting about 5 feet from my AP, Jaunty detects my network at about 30%. From my coffee table in the next room, not networks.

Karmic fixed wifi range, but causes disconnects... IF NetworkManager works... it doesn't always.

I've been finding OpenSuse 11.1 and 11.2 to be decent. I have complaints there too. I encrypt my filesystems - OpenSuse 11.1 requires some hacking to do that with it's clunky partitioner. 11.1 also doesn't support ext4 for /. 11.2 still doesn't support encryption of /, but it does support ext4. 11.2 is unreleased, however, and there's a constant prompt to add repos which gets annoying.

For servers, I prefer Debian, mainly because I know it well and I consider that to be more important than having a very tight OS like OpenBSD.

I'm running an Ubuntu Jaunty system right now at work. I installed Jaunty, added the KDE 4.3 RC PPA from Kubuntu and then installed. It's pretty good but the wifi issue and shitty performance from fglrx make it not an option on my home laptop.
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« Reply #21 on: July 15, 2009, 06:15:58 PM »

Karmic fixed wifi range, but causes disconnects... IF NetworkManager works... it doesn't always.

I've been happy with WICD. http://wicd.sourceforge.net/
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« Reply #22 on: July 16, 2009, 04:04:41 PM »

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Yeah. Karmic doesn't yet have working fglrx either though. Once that's in there, or radeonhd or radeon can play videos decently, I'll be on it likely.
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« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2009, 03:26:13 AM »

What's your favorite entertaining podcast about Linux?

Got three I listen to regularly

gutsy geeks
floss
linux in the ham shack

computer action show (goggle Jupiter broadcasting)
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« Reply #24 on: August 22, 2009, 06:50:35 PM »

Karmic doesn't yet have working fglrx either though. Once that's in there, or radeonhd or radeon can play videos decently, I'll be on it likely.

I recently "upgraded" my system to one with the ATI onboard that requires the fglrx driver. What crap! As you say, video is flaky. I'm disgusted. I'm ready to go get a cheap second-hand Nvidia card, at least I've had excellent experience with them.

It's not like I've got huge gaming requirements, but I want Google Earth to scroll smoothly.

fglrx wouldn't compile for me, but Debian had them prepackaged. That's the whole reason for having "distributions", isn't it?
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« Reply #26 on: August 28, 2009, 07:20:27 PM »

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Yes, though the fglrx driver supposedly has the ability to built itself into a Suse or Fedora RPM or a Debian or Ubuntu .deb. It's always filed in my experience with .deb.
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« Reply #27 on: September 01, 2009, 12:26:36 AM »

OpenSUSE is what I always use when I want to use Linux.  Ubuntu is also good, but I prefer KDE.
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« Reply #28 on: September 01, 2009, 02:25:14 AM »

OpenSUSE is what I always use when I want to use Linux.  Ubuntu is also good, but I prefer KDE.
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« Reply #29 on: September 01, 2009, 08:18:15 AM »

OpenSUSE is what I always use when I want to use Linux.  Ubuntu is also good, but I prefer KDE.
Kubuntu

It didn't seem to get as much support as Ubuntu/OpenSUSE.  It's like the ugly stepchild of Ubuntu-land.
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