[GRLUG] Ubuntu 6.06
bob.kline at gmail.com
Mon Jun 19 02:46:02 EDT 2006
I'm using Kubuntu 6.06 , and find that apt-get alone
makes using it worthwhile. But I also remember
that John-Thomas Richards has been urging people
to use Debian for at least three years now, for
some of the same reasons. Some members of the
group now using (Ku/U)buntu can maybe wish they'd
been more receptive earlier on to the Debian approach.
Leading to the first question. Would Debian itself
have any additional advantages, or does Ubuntu/
Kubuntu capture the essence of it? What I have read
about Kubuntu suggests that it uses the same
program library as Debian, but probably loads fewer
packages during a standard installation. Just
guessing. Any of the real experts here have an
opinion on this?
I can say I don't like sudo. I'd much rather have a
traditional superuser approach. Does Debian still
use the traditional approach? If so, that could be
a reason to switch over at some point.
On a completely different wavelength, has anyone
here tried a distribution called "Puppy?" I was given
a copy when I bought a machine at VC Tech last
Thursday. The fellow at the counter simply thought
I might be interesting in trying it.
BTW, the machines at VC Tech still seem to be on a
downward slope. Most of the units on the shelves
were 500MHz region machines with a paltry 128M
of memory. I found a 1GHz Gateway that hadn't
been put on display yet, fired it up, and it had
256M of memory. But not much else. It told the
fellow at the counter I needed at least 512M, and
he reached in a drawer and pulled out another
I then noticed that there was a big box of memory
sticks near the counter, leading me to wonder
whether they are stripping a lot of machines for
their memory and other things. If so, what they do
with the memory then? The first time I went to the
place many of the machines on the racks had 512M.
Now I haven't seen any in the last two trips.
The fellow suggested $25 for the memory, and
before he got any further I said "too much." But
that is less than the $35 or more one typically sees
for new PC-133 memory now. And of course they
will let you make sure it works at some level.
So I ended up with a 1GHz machine with 512M of
memory for $50. $50 !? I don't know how he came
up with the price, but was pretty quick to day "done."
But of course it's a Gateway, and the guts of it
are proprietary. I anything happens to the motherboard
the machine is a junker. It's a "design" where part of
the motherboard plugs in to a another board that
has the PCI slots, IDE and floppy cables, etc. So
even the case is proprietary - you could not put an
ATX motherboard in it later if need be.
But, odds are that it will last a while. Everything -
i.e., sound, video, USB, etc. - works. The intention
of was just to stick in an IDE drive mobile rack so
I could play with different versions of Linux.
And hey, it's all burned in...
On 6/18/06, Brad Becker <investmgmt at s91195370.onlinehome.us> wrote:
> Ubuntu 6.06 is frickin amazing. Big thumbs up for Automatix too!
> All codecs, plug-in's, bittorrents, vid drivers, etc handled with aplomb.
> That is all! :)
> - Brad Becker
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