[kwlug-disc] feedback request to shape the November topic

R. Brent Clements rbclemen at gmail.com
Sun Oct 14 12:47:16 EDT 2012

That list there is more than enough to fill a two hour presentation.
Thank you all for your feedback.  Since I am doing a lot of the
experiments on reasonably dated hardware, I am sure I can provide lots
of feedback of that sort.  I did actually use Gentoo for a while as my
primary distro, and I was reasonably happy with it, so I have a frame
of reference for comparison.


On Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM, William Park <opengeometry at yahoo.ca> wrote:
> I use Slackware, but the latest Slackware-14 doesn't recognize my USB
> keyboard/mouse.  So, I'm looking for another distro.
> I tried Arch (and others).  It gives shell prompt, and then what?
>     1.  Why are there different commands to install "grub",
>     "/etc/fstab", etc?  If I'm expected to install "grub" package or
>     "fstab" packages, then okay, I guess.  But, I have to create
>     /etc/fstab by some special command, and that's just too much.
>     2.  Is there a package that has all the basic files and directory
>     structure?  Or, minimal OS packages?  I really don't feel like
>     installing "sendmail", "ssh", and "bash", one-by-one manually.  I
>     forget things.
>     3.  How do you install X?
> --
> William
> On Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 01:01:29PM -0400, R. Brent Clements wrote:
>> In order to make the topic of Arch Linux more relevant to what people
>> hope to get out of it, I welcome any input on what people would like
>> to see focussed on.  I don't imagine a simple walkthru of the
>> installation is really of that much interest.
>> Specifically, if people could answer this question:
>> Why are you (or would you be) interested in using a distro that
>> requires so much more hands on work to install and configure?
>> I know that the first answer that will come to mind for most people is
>> simply to try it, or in order to learn more about how their system
>> works "under the hood".  And that is a perfectly valid response to my
>> question.  However, I am more looking for specific applications or
>> goals that I may be able to address in the discussion.
>> The presentation probably will include some amount of comparison to
>> other "hands on" distros I am familiar with.
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