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