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sflory

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    RE: best complete rolling release distribution
    [b]Ale wrote:[/b] [quote]Which is best rolling release distribution with - all multimedia codecs - powerful software like Openoffice Base, Skype, Picasa - for 64 bit notebook - for newbies [/quote] You wouldn't get all of these [b]- all multimedia codecs[/b] Most rolling release distros don't do closed codecs on religious/legal/ethical grounds. [b]- powerful software like Openoffice Base, Skype, Picasa[/b] Most rolling release distros don't do closed source software on religious/legal/ethical grounds. (OO being open source) [b]- for 64 bit notebook[/b] A rolling release will likely not support notebooks as well as more stable distro. Things like wireless will be a constant struggle. (unless you have the intel chipset) [b]-for newbies[/b] No rolling release is suitable for newbies Having used rolling release distros. Just realize that you need to be constantly tweaking you config files. With an every 6 month distro you will need to tweak config files every release sure. A distro with constant churn means constant tweaking files. Plus stability is a major issue. New can mean better, but also can mean buggy. You'll get software which is poorly tested, and gets fixed quickily. PS- Honestly these sort of distros are great if what you want to do is test, and tweak things. Honestly you might find something like open suse, packman, and the various community repo. (Open suse for example lets you run the latest wine, kde, openoffice, or so on but you can pick and choose.) Open suse is just an example. Figure what you areas you want to be on the bleeding edge on, and find a distro that has an experiment repo for those.
    Link to this post 26 Jun 09

    Ale wrote:

    Which is best rolling release distribution with
    - all multimedia codecs
    - powerful software like Openoffice Base, Skype, Picasa
    - for 64 bit notebook
    - for newbies

    You wouldn't get all of these
    - all multimedia codecs
    Most rolling release distros don't do closed codecs on religious/legal/ethical grounds.

    - powerful software like Openoffice Base, Skype, Picasa
    Most rolling release distros don't do closed source software on religious/legal/ethical grounds. (OO being open source)

    - for 64 bit notebook
    A rolling release will likely not support notebooks as well as more stable distro. Things like wireless will be a constant struggle. (unless you have the intel chipset)

    -for newbies
    No rolling release is suitable for newbies

    Having used rolling release distros. Just realize that you need to be constantly tweaking you config files. With an every 6 month distro you will need to tweak config files every release sure. A distro with constant churn means constant tweaking files. Plus stability is a major issue. New can mean better, but also can mean buggy. You'll get software which is poorly tested, and gets fixed quickily.

    PS- Honestly these sort of distros are great if what you want to do is test, and tweak things. Honestly you might find something like open suse, packman, and the various community repo. (Open suse for example lets you run the latest wine, kde, openoffice, or so on but you can pick and choose.) Open suse is just an example. Figure what you areas you want to be on the bleeding edge on, and find a distro that has an experiment repo for those.

  • sflory
    RE: Need help making a new distro
    Honestly having maintained a distro at several different companies for a living. My advice is DON"T. As single person or small group you CAN NOT produce a distro that is better the large distros. (Unless you are creating a really really small distro.) It's a waste of your time, and reinvents the wheel. What I do advise is: -Figure out what it is that you really to do that is better than the existing distros -Find a distro you like -Make modified packages for that distro that does what you want. -Reskin the installer, the desktop, what ever -If you make modifications of value contribute back if possible. (Not because it's nice, but it's a pain in the ass to keep modifing things every release...)
    Link to this post 26 Jun 09

    Honestly having maintained a distro at several different companies for a living. My advice is DON"T. As single person or small group you CAN NOT produce a distro that is better the large distros. (Unless you are creating a really really small distro.) It's a waste of your time, and reinvents the wheel.

    What I do advise is:
    -Figure out what it is that you really to do that is better than the existing distros
    -Find a distro you like
    -Make modified packages for that distro that does what you want.
    -Reskin the installer, the desktop, what ever
    -If you make modifications of value contribute back if possible. (Not because it's nice, but it's a pain in the ass to keep modifing things every release...)

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