OSNews.com is carrying a story about finding the most ideal Linux distro. The test includes Yoper, RedHat 8, Mandrake 9.1 (RC2), Ark, Vector, Gentoo and SuSE.
Surprisingly Vector Linux 3.2 comes out top, despite it not being that well-known (read: I haven’t heard of it). It’s apparently built on SlackWare, and won points because it doesn’t have anything and everything in it, like Mandrake does – instead, it just concentrates on the better packages. It doesn’t have GNOME, for example, but does including KDE 3.1, IceWM and XFCE, and it doesn’t alter their behaviour like RedHat does.
Despite being based on Slack, it’s easier to install, apparently – its makes claim you can have it up and running in 15 minutes. Considerably less than the hour you need to set aside for a Windows XP installation, eh MS?
It’s certainly interesting, and one to bear in mind once I’m more confident with the Linux platform – Kim seems to be coping well with Slackware so I imagine it’s worth considering. As it is, I’ve mostly been a Windows user for the past 8 years, so it’s going to take a while to get used to the Unix way of doing things. I’m certainly willing to learn though. The second ISO of Mandrake is now downloaded, by the way, with the third one on its way tonight. Even on a 256Kbps connection, they still take 6 hours each to download, and NTL limits me to 1GB a day, so I can’t ‘chain-download’ them, which is a little annoying.
I’ll let you know how everything goes tomorrow when I toast the ISOs and then attempt to install them. Past experience and the word from the grapevine tells me that this should be a relatively stress-free experience, but we shall see.
(thanks to LG B&B)for posting this to