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> What Distro Do You Hate?, Let it all out here...
What Distro Do You Hate?
What Distro Do You Hate?
Slackware [ 1 ] ** [4.55%]
Gentoo [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
RHEL/Whitebox/Cent/Tao [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
Debian [ 2 ] ** [9.09%]
Ubuntu [ 6 ] ** [27.27%]
Linspire/Lindows [ 6 ] ** [27.27%]
Fedora Core [ 3 ] ** [13.64%]
Mandriva/Mandrake [ 2 ] ** [9.09%]
SUSE [ 2 ] ** [9.09%]
Knoppix [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
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Jim
post Oct 27 2005, 02:11 AM
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Obviuosly that is a short list, but it includes all the major ones, at least all the major ones I could think off. Its hard to hate the little ones that aren't unique in any real way. Plus, I am limited to ten options. So, let the flame war begin.


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post Nov 2 2005, 01:40 PM
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I tihnk the only reason that other distributions dont include "questionale" libraries is because most of them are US-based. Mandriva is french, and therefore not subject to US regulations about the export of certain things, including MP3 and certain types of encryption. In europe, software (still, thanks to the recent EU ruling) cannot be patented - This means that things like MPEG encoders can be freely inplemented without fear of legal problems. I admint that maybe things like the win32 codes shouldnt be packaged (since they actually use MS code) but things like LAMe are new implementations, that use an existing standard. As far as I am aware, Mandriva dont pakcage software that isnt completely free, and certianly the win32 codecs package has to be downloaded from the "Penguin Liberation Front" repository, which is an unofficial package source. Having said that, I dont think using the win32 codecs package or the dvd-decryption undermines the media creators in anyway, it is just bringing existing technologies to Linux.

The difference between Mandriva and, say, Fedora, is the excellent configuration suite. It virtually removes the need to use the command line for configuration at all. The package manger is also excellent, and provides all the power of urpmi with a friendly GUI (unlike the Fedora package manger which is not especially useful).

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- Jim   What Distro Do You Hate?   Oct 27 2005, 02:11 AM
- - Jim   Ubuntu, it has to be Ubuntu for me. What kind of c...   Oct 27 2005, 02:17 AM
- - DS2K3   Linspire - Any distribution which allows people to...   Oct 27 2005, 04:12 PM
- - Jim   Linspire/Lindows would have been my pick before I ...   Oct 27 2005, 04:24 PM
- - DS2K3   Yeh, there's a thread in the staff forum about...   Oct 28 2005, 05:38 AM
- - Hemant   I voted for Linspire though, but still i hate most...   Oct 29 2005, 01:14 AM
- - Jim   As a loyal Gentoo fan I just have to say this to y...   Oct 29 2005, 02:58 AM
- - DS2K3   If you do a Stage3 Gentoo isntallation, and use GR...   Oct 29 2005, 12:51 PM
- - Corey   oh my god, the Ubuntu bashing!? Let me chime ...   Nov 1 2005, 10:24 PM
- - as2100   Mandr^#@. The only distribution in the list to ser...   Nov 1 2005, 10:57 PM
- - DS2K3   The internationalisation of Mandriva is IMO second...   Nov 2 2005, 11:03 AM
- - as2100   It isn't necessarily the media _players_ that ...   Nov 2 2005, 11:50 AM
- - DS2K3   I tihnk the only reason that other distributions d...   Nov 2 2005, 01:40 PM
- - Joshua   QUOTE Linspire - Any distribution which allows peo...   Nov 17 2005, 09:53 PM
- - docmur   personally I have to agree with ubuntu, i like it ...   Dec 31 2005, 10:57 AM
- - Hemant   Guess, which distro i am running nowadays... whoa...   Jan 2 2006, 09:50 AM
- - Napalm   lol i hated ubuntu, it wrecked XP and made it impo...   Jan 16 2006, 07:08 AM
- - DS2K3   IMO, all operating systems should do their best to...   Jan 16 2006, 10:21 AM


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