[kwlug-disc] What's the best desktop distribution?

Insurance Squared Inc. gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Tue Feb 2 08:57:20 EST 2010


When my slate clears later this year, I think I'm going to have to try 
out ubuntu.  I'm not sure what advantages it has over Mandriva (I had a 
look at their website) but given the raves, not just here but even in 
the non-computer type forums I visit, it's likely worth a look.

In terms of updates, my mandriva desktop has an applet. It checks for 
updates automatically, and if there are updates to be had, I get a red 
"!" on my toolbar.  I double click that icon and away it goes, 
installing and keeping me up to date.  Even I can figure it out.




Adam Glauser wrote:
> William Park wrote:
>>     - Slackare uses 'tar.xz' (was: 'tar.gz') as container.  It usually
>>       has a script to do things after extracting the tarball, mostly
>>       creating symlinks.  This is simple, fast, transparent, and robust.
>>       Again, an order of magnitude faster than other distro, in terms of
>>       cpu time and user time.
>>
>>     - Slackware depends less on online depository.  So, you download
>>       original source, compile, install to DESTDIR, make ".txz" package,
>>       and finally install to system.  You can install directly into
>>       system after compiling, but that would make uninstalling
>>       difficult.  Slackware has no "dependency" issue, at all.  Again,
>>       saving me time.
>
> The thing I like most about Debian and its kin is the repository. 
> Having one mechanism to manage security patches to packages is the 
> killer app for Linux over Windows as far as I am concerned.  This 
> probably applies to the Red Hat family now too, given the advent of yum.
>
> How does Slackware approach this problem, if at all?
>
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