Re: Need Distro Recommendation

On Wednesday 15 January 2003 23:29, Keith Powell wrote:

> > If you are adventurous, you could try Debian. Pros: easy, continuous
> > updates; good packaging (usually) with a policy for doing things the
> > Right Way; tonnes of easy-to-install packages (the distribution is
> > centralised so you don't have to hunt for RPMs); Gnome packages are
> > usually updated within a few days of their release; a well-organised
> > community for getting help and requesting package improvements (there
> > is a mailing list for everything).
> >
> > Cons: the installer is actually OK, but some of the questions it asks
> > are hard to answer if you are new to the GNU/Linux universe (but you
> > only need to install it once, and there is a very nice manual); if you
> > want bleeding-edge Gnome, you need to use the so-called unstable
> > branch (there is stable, testing and unstable) - with unstable,
> > sometimes a package is broken and you have to wait a few days
> > before updating.
> >
> > I think the plan is to have Gnome 2.0/2.2 in testing soon, but it
> > doesn't seem to have happened yet.
> I suggest the excellent Libranet distribution, the "User Friendly" version
> of Debian.
> Keith

Just as a matter of interest, if one replaces (say) a Red Hat distro of 
Linux, with a Debian one, what happens to all ones files on the drives?   And 
particularly stuff like browser settings, Kmail folders and so on.   Are they 
retained the same way as they are when upgrading from one RedHat version to 
a later one?


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